Any point in me using SBS?

Quite simple this one..

I have a 2000 Server with Exchange 5.5. Only a small office at the moment (5 desktops + 3 remote workers) however we are about to get a few more remote workers (probably another 5) the slight complication is that these new people I want to appear on there own GAL - in essense they will be a sepaerate company... I understaood that exhcnange 2003 would cope with this?

So questions is is it going to be better for me to go for an exchange upgrade or to move to SBS 2003?

Have cross posted in a exchange, best answer wins all the points

PS - Also have a small SQL Server 2000 based website on same machine, already own license for that mind :)
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jamesreddyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
SBS is good if you want bells and whistles.  As you noted, you already have Exchange and SQL, which both come standard with SBS.  So, if you feel like you want to upgrade either of those, then that's a good reason.  Problem is that with SBS, all those services have to function from the same server and you better have a good server to accomodate the load.  I like SBS because of its Internet control capabilities as well, but again, it's all operating from a single server, so that server will experience a load constraint.

The key point here....is your server a good one?  I wouldn't run SBS on anything less than a dual processor P4/Xeon 2.0 gig or better.  Not if you plan on utilizing all the features, anyway...

James
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fz2hqsAuthor Commented:
Given the spec, load and the user base the server is in no danger at all of becoming processor / memory bound :)

I think that the question is really coming down to cost, I need to go and find some vendors :)
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jamesreddyCommented:
Well, SBS does cost a bit more than an Exchange upgrade.  So, yes....it's up to you in that respect.  If you simply want to upgrade Exchange, and see no benefit in upgrading to 2003 server, and upgrading SQl...then I see no point in doing anything OTHER than an Exchange upgrade.  Keep in mind, however, that upgrading a server containing Exchange 2000 to Server 2003 is riddled with problems, and might very well take you a LOT of time.  Upgrading to Exchange 2003 first, then the OS, will reduce those problems considerably.  That is not a valid option though, if you get SBS.
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jamesreddyCommented:
FYI....I installed SBS 2003 for an office of 25 users.  They use SQL, Exchanage, and just about every function available, and the server is experiencing moderate loads, on average.  Their server is a dual Xeon 2.6gig Dell with 1 gig of RAM.

Don't know if that gives you a semi-benchmark to work from, but I like SBS 2003 so far.

James
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fz2hqsAuthor Commented:
Like I said It's a small office, so the idea of a rebuild doesn't frighten me. I guess those of you with larger setups will be envious of the fact that I can infact choose to perform a clean install with out having to be in 48 hours straight (Also been there and done that)

I hope to simply detach or backup databases and simply export Exchange boxes to PST files

I would still like more opinions so please keep em coming
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map000Commented:
but why do you want to move to exchange 2003?
I see no reason in your situation to hurry with an upgrade?
or it's a new future you need from the new version?
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fz2hqsAuthor Commented:
Reason being that the new people are going to be part of another company (same group but a seperate company) I want to create a seperate GAL, which I understood was quite possible with 2003?

I want to stick with M$ for now before anyone starts saying there are other options!
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map000Commented:
but it's possible in 2000 also to create separate GAL (as I know)
I can't check now because I have only 2003
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fz2hqsAuthor Commented:
That is interesting didn't realise that, however I do not think that the 2000 version is still for sale

Haing had a snoop around at prices, I can get SBS with 10 CALS for around £550 +VAT, exchange 2003 retails for nearly £650+VAT and then there are licenses after that

Doh!!!! Just realised I forgot to factor costs for new backup software into the budget!
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map000Commented:
a, sorry, I didn't saw you have exchange 5.5 (I thought you have 2000)
then, SBS sounds better
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