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Hey whats up all. I have a friend who wants a small server set up. We basically want a box that will do everything, email, web, fto, vpn, file sharing etc.  Im a windows guy but windows 2003 and exchange can get expensive. any other ways or diff softare you know of to do this. Will small business server running email by default. Im just looking for a easy cheap solution. If we have to get full blown windows stuff then so be it, but if anyone has used anything else let me know, or even if you have some other ideas. Im all ears. THanks
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SBS sounds perfect for him.  Windows based VPN is not the fastest thing on the planet, but it will suffice.  And it can do everything you menetioned.  One trick - USE THE WIZARDS - I found out the hard way, Microsoft designed SBS so that if you DON'T use the wizards or you try to modify things that are setup by default (rename an OU for example), you WILL have problems.  Pretend you don't know anything and follow the wizards for EVERYTHING.

Eventually, if the business grows to a point where SBS is no longer appropriate, upgrading away is fairly simple - and it will probably be some time before that happens as SBS can support 75 users
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What about email. Would you need to install exchange?
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Of course - but Exchange is included in SBS 2003.  Again, just follow the wizards.
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Oh it is. cool so its all there then huh. I think thats whatill go with then. cool. Do you know of any limitations? Its only 2 guys right night and prob wont get bigger than 5 within the next few years
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There are a few limitations, but the vast majority of small businesses won't have to worry about them.  These are the ones that come to mind, I don't THINK there's any other:

1.  The SBS server CANNOT be a Terminal Server, but you CAN have a terminal server on the network.  It DOES provide two connections for administrative purposes, but that's it.
2.  The SBS server MUST be the FSMO master domain controller.  You can have other domain controllers, even other sites, but the FSMO master MUST be the SBS server.
3.  You cannot have trusts, so you cannot have subdomains or create a trust with another business you may partner with.
4.  You MUST use the wizards to setup and manage.  failing to do so CAN cause problems logging on and make things problematic in general.  STRONGLY recommend you get a book on SBS before attempting to setup and it would be great if you could do a few practice installs (assuming you are the consultant who will put it in), just so you get a handle on everything.
5.  SBS comes with 5 CALs so no additional CALs needed.
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Awesome thanks!!!
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