We just took shipment and started setting up a Dell PowerEdge 2850 as the server hardware for Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium. In the setup process, a "minor detail" came to light (one missed in the sales process) - namely Dell does not support the installation of Windows Small Business Server on this PowerEdge server. But according to Microsoft's hardware compatibility list, any server that is Windows Server 2003 certified is automatically Windows Small Business Server certified. Dell still won't support this installation. We aborted the installation of SBS 2003 until we get further information.
I have heard (online and from Dell technical people) that Dell customers have successfully installed SBS 2003 on the PE 2850. I haven't been able to find out if it took anything special to install SBS 2003 on the PE 2850. I don't want to install SBS 2003 if takes an unorthdox work around. Does anybody have any experience or insight installing SBS 2003 Premium on a Dell PowerEdge 2850?
The PE 2850 was selected because the primary function of the server is data intense using very large databases - we need a good amount of computing power and data storage. There aren't many users (10-15) that will be using the server. So if you're going to question the hardware setup, please don't. That's already been done. I want to hear how this hardware and software can be made to play together even if all it takes is to simply install SBS on the server.
I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your input.