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2003 editions difference

Hi,

what is the difference between:

SQ.60
SW OEM WINDOWS SERVER 2003 R2/A

SW.24
SW OEM WINDOWS SBS 2003 5 CAL DEVICE ADD

SW.27
SW OEM WINDOWS 2003 SERVER AD 5 CAL DEV

Why ms makes is so complicated? (it's rethorical)

Thank you
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RazwerCommented:
R2 is an updated version of 2003 with a tad different approach of AD, mixing 2003 and 2003 DC's will not work if the FSMO DC is not R2

SBS is limited to 75 users but includes an exchange license.
http://redmondmag.com/features/article.asp?EditorialsID=416

your last one is a regular 2003 version with 5 client access licenses suitable for active directory
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LauraEHunterMVPCommented:
"R2 is an updated version of 2003 with a tad different approach of AD, mixing 2003 and 2003 DC's will not work if the FSMO DC is not R2"

Can you explain what you mean by this?  Fone one, there's no such thing as a "FSMO DC," (there are 5 separate FSMO roles that can be housed on one or more DCs within a domain/forest) so I'm not sure what your terminology is referring to. Second,  2003 and 2003 R2 domain controllers can co-exist just fine so long as the schema has been updated with the R2 schema extensions by running adprep from Disc 2 of the R2 media.
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RazwerCommented:
that is a much better explenation than i gave. I tried to keep it simple. if he asks a question like this, i think explaining it like that is OTT for him, but instead of saying FSMO indeed i should have said AD Prep.
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kenesoAuthor Commented:
Oh well, I am now more confused ...

I am sorry, I should have said I am not familiar with network, and server terms.
Don't know what active directory is, and waht it serves, same for domain controllers, and FSMO (which I didn't get even what it stands for.

That is NOT your fault, but my ignorance.

Do you mind if I twist a bit the question?
I need to install a server to run 4-5 machines, giving them internet access, and file sharing, while installing an inventory/accoun ting/cataloguing software to be shared by all the clients, and make daily back-ups.

Considering that which of them is for the need?
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RazwerCommented:
depending on your finances and priorities, running it from an XP box is the cheapest sollution. Peer to peer works till max 10 users.

To have centralised administration set up a w2k3 server, install active directory and add the computers to the domain. 5 CAL's should be enough. I would recommend you do an active directory course first then so you understand the domain model.

If you like to run your own local email server the cheapest is SBS as it includes exchange.

for internet sharing without control, use ICS (internet connection Sharing)

There is no difference in 2003 and 2003 R2 for the setup you want, so just go for the cheapest. If same price, go for R2 but be sure it has the CALs you need.

a CAL is a Client Access License. When installing you choose a "per server" license rather than a "per seat". With "per server" you can manually set the amount of CAL's you got (minimum is 5).
Per seat it assumes you paid per client already, which you use with an open license.
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kenesoAuthor Commented:
Thanks.

>>recommend you do an active directory course first

I might look into it, but right now, someone else is going to do it, I just want to know what he is doing, as the price difference is quite a bit between the 3 versions.

Just to be on the safe side, did I understand correctly that ANY of these 3 versions would suit my needs, and that I can safely go with the cheaper one, as all I need is what I said in the previous post?
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RazwerCommented:
correct. only thing which your post did not say with the R2 is weither it has 5 CALs
You will need the CALs to legally have your clients connect to the server.
Also, make sure that its not JUST a CAL package. Sometimes they trick you like that being unclear in how they write it down. 2003 server R2 + 5 CALs costs about 650 euros while just 5 CALs cost about 100 euros.
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zoofanCommented:
Could be wrong but Im reading this as

Standard 2003 server
WINDOWS SERVER 2003 R2/A

Add on pack of 5 client deivce licenses for Small Buisness Server 2003
WINDOWS SBS 2003 5 CAL DEVICE ADD

Windows 2003 Advanced Server with 5 client device licenses.  
SW OEM WINDOWS 2003 SERVER AD 5 CAL DEV

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zoofanCommented:
And Im pretty sure there is a standard and premium version of 2003 SBS

Might I suggest finding out exactly from your seller what each is and then asking for a comparison so all can better assist you.

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RazwerCommented:
the thing is, 2003 server is never supplied without at least 5 CALs
SBS is even trickier as the base package costs about the same with 5 CALs as an additional 5 CALs as far as i checked pricelists.
SBS is cheapest, unless you use more than 5 users.
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kenesoAuthor Commented:
Thnak you all.
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