Win 2003 + Exchange 2003 vs. Win 2003 SBS
Posted on 2006-07-03
Our company is approximately 30 users.
I'll be purchasing Dell PowerEdge 2950's to run these. My aim is to have 4GB Ram, RAID1 for OS and RAID 10 for DATA. I'm also aiming for the new Woodcrest procs; Dual 3.0 GHz, 4MB cache...etc.
I'm looking at purchasing some new servers and need to analyze the difference between getting Windows Server 2003 Standard + Exchange 2003 Standard versus Windows 2003 Small Business Server.
More than just price, I want to look at upgrading to Server Longhorn and Exchange 2007 when they come out. (I know this can be accomplished by purchasing Software Assurance on W2K3+EX2003, but I don't know about SBS2003.) And what about performance.
The second server will be a file and print sharing server. The question here is whether to go SBS or plain Server 2003.
Finally, the third server will be an application server running Symantec Anti-Virus, Windows Update Services, etc. Again, the question is: SBS or Standard 2003.
I've only used Standard 2003 in the past...
Thanks ahead of time!