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Windows 2000 vs small business server

Starr Duskk
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We are running two windows 2000 boxes, one for a web server and another for the database server (sql server).

We want to upgrade the hardware (again), and my husband saw some affordable computers with Windows Small Business Server installed on them. Typically he builds the system, but says this is cheaper than he can build it.

My concern is, unless he formats the hard drive and installs windows 2000, small business server doesn't work with what we need...

Is that right? We would have to format the hard drive and install the proper windows 2000 operating system?

thanks,

BOBi
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Why?

What do you need?

A web server?  Small Business Server does that.

A Database Server?  You would have to either use SQL 2005 Express/MSDE or get SBS Premium, but Premium includes SQL 2005 Workgroup Edition.  You could also just leave the original box running SQL... though you haven't indicated what you'd be buying this server to replace...

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Generally speaking, SBS has only a few limits -
1.  You cannot have trusts to other domains
2.  SBS MUST be your FSMO master domain controller (you CAN have other DCs, but SBS must be FSMO Master)
3.  The SBS cannot do Terminal Services in Application Mode.
4.  Maximum of 75 users per SBS Domain.

Otherwise, SBS IS Server 2003 - but with some VERY enhanced Wizards that, in order not to break it, you MUST use whenever possible to configure and maintain the server.  But it will otherwise run just about anything you want it to that Windows Server 2003 Standard could.
Starr DuskkASP.NET VB.NET Developer

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You said:

>>though you haven't indicated what you'd be buying this server to replace...

I said:

>>We are running two windows 2000 boxes, one for a web server and another for the database server (sql server).
>>We want to upgrade the hardware

I will provide further details:

We currently have servers running Win2000 server. One is a web server with IIS. One is a database server with SQL Server 2000.

We are currently looking at a system that includes Windows Small Business Edition Standard (which we do not need the bells and whistles of SBE). It is a very nice hardware system that has two duo core processors, 2 Gb Ram, and 3 250 GB hard drives in a Raid 5 array.

My question is, can we still run our Websites and database sql server the way we do with our current Windows 2000 server. Will Windows 2003 SBE run our web server and database server as we currently do? We would load our current SQL Server 2000 CD's onto the second box. Would this run okay on Windows 2003 SBE?

Will it accept our .ASP classic source code files as used in our current setup? Will it support the frontpage extensions in order to program remotely using Visual Interdev 6.0? I don't wish to upgrade to ASP.net just yet.

thanks,

BOBi
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