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Win 2000 upgrade to 2003

I am in the process of researching what benefits and costs associated with upgrading my network from windows 2000 to windows 2003. Ive got one location with one server with about 10 clients running on a wireless network. I have another location with one server and about 5 clients.These two locations are connected using a VPN. What costs would be associtated with this and how would the migration go? Is it a smooth process or is there a whole lot that would go into it? Also typically how much down time would i be looking at if I were to go ahead with this. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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haddad05
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jss1199Commented:
Hi haddad05,

1.  Costs - 2 Server 2003 licenses and 15 CALs - Total price based on list $2,197 (2 Windows 2003 Server w/ 5 CAL and 1 5 CAL license pack)
2.  If you are performing an in place upgrade it is relativley simple and straightford.  For an in place upgrade, figure 2-3 hours per server.  Easily accomplished in an evening



Cheers!
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haddad05Author Commented:
Also, is that the price for 2003 standard edition? Is standard edition the one i would need?
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jss1199Commented:
haddad05,

Yes it is for Standard.  With such a small environment you would not need Enterprise.  You can compare the features at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/features/comparefeatures.mspx and decide for yourself.  Be aware that the price jumps significantly if you decide to go Enterprise...


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haddad05Author Commented:
One more question...is it recommended to go with 64 bit over 32 bit? Is 64bit gonna cause any of my existing applications any problems?
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jss1199Commented:
If you have 64-bit hardware I would go with Windows 2003 64.  I have not hadd any issues with application compatibility...  If you are running Exchange, the new version of Exchange that will be release early next year will only run on 64-bit...

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