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Multiple Small Business 2003 Servers

Can there be more than one Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 running in the same domain?
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
Hello tstech248,

In a word No

Regards,

PeteLong
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
tstech248,

You can add an additional domain controller but only one SBS server Im afraid


PeteLong
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tstech248Author Commented:
So I can add a Windows 2003 Server Standard with Exchange as a domain controller but not another SBS?
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AdamRobinsonCommented:
You can only have on SBS in an SBS Domain.  

See point 1 here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/evaluation/topmyths.mspx
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AdamRobinsonCommented:
Should say "only have one SBS," not "have on"  :)
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
>>So I can add a Windows 2003 Server Standard

Yes

>>Exchange as a domain controller but not another SBS?

No - you cannot add another Exchange server to the Exchange Organisation (I THINK!) though I may be wrong.

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tstech248Author Commented:
This will be the first Exchange server in the Organization
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
With Exchange Im unsure as SBS allready has Exchange in its active directory
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tstech248Author Commented:
Can anyone confirm that?
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
Emailed TechSoEasy to confirm
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You should be able to have multiple exchange servers - you CAN use Exchange 2007, so that would require having additional exchange servers.  However, your SBS server SHOULD be your first Exchange server if you set it up properly.

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Installing-Exchange-2007-Small-Business-Server-2003-domain-Part1.html
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vico1CIOCommented:
This is what the SBS Licence can do:

1  SBS Server.
Extra Exchange, Windows, SQL is permited under the same licensing
Vico1
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
As previously stated, you cannot have more than one SBS in a domain.  You can certainly have other servers and other domain controllers.  You also can have ADDITIONAL Exchange 2003 or SQL 2005 servers if you are running SBS 2003 R2 without needing additional user CALs (this is a licensing change from SBS 2003 SP1).  If you deploy Exchange 2007 you would be required to have separate licensing.

My question back to you is why you would want to do this?  SBS is designed to be deployed in a specific manner and not doing so will cause you tremendous grief and frustration.  Perhaps if you instead rephrased your question to what you are ultimately hoping to achieve, we can offer you suggestions that would fit more appropriately within an SBS environment.

Jeff
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Vico1... that's not entirely correct.  You are still required to have the "server" licenses for those products, and only with SBS 2003 R2 would you not need additional CALs.

Jeff
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
This really should have been a points split... the original question was answered by PeteLong.  And the question as it evolved was answered by others.
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vico1CIOCommented:
TechSoEasy,
That is common sense to have server licenses. I believe that everyone was refering to CAL in this question. I don't believe that Tstech248 was asking about using the same copy of SBS on the same network.
the question was:
"Can there be more than one Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 running in the same domain?"


 


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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
@leew:
I would agree if the original question hadn't been so vague.  But tstech248's follow up of "So I can add a Windows 2003 Server Standard with Exchange as a domain controller but not another SBS?" made it clear as to what the actual goal was.

@vico1
I wasn't suggesting that a copy of SBS would be used.  I was clarifying that, for instance, you cannot install the Exchange component of SBS on a separate Windows Server 2003 and that if a second Exchange server were to be installed on an SBS network it would require both an additional Server 2003 license as well as a full Exchange Server license.

Jeff
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