Server 2003 or 2008

We will be setting up two new sites with a DC and Exchange Server on each site with DFS for file replication. Should we go ahead with 2003 or wait till 2008 is released?


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SembeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
How long can you wait?
Windows 2008 is late as it is, I don't think you will see that before Jan or Feb of next year. It also depends on what version of Exchange you want to deploy. Exchange 2003 is only supported on Windows 2003 or 2000, so if you want to deploy that you will need to deploy Windows 2003 for the Exchange servers. Exchange 2007 is supported on both Windows 2003 and Windows 2008, but I expect it will require SP1 for Exchange 2007 for full functionality/support.

Simon.

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mail2clkAuthor Commented:
When will Microsoft stop selling Windows 2003 Server? The branch office will need setting up March/April next year.
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SembeeCommented:
Who knows. It will be a while yet. They will not simply pull the product from the channel the day after release. You can still buy Windows XP now.
Even if they do pull the product, simply use downgrade rights - buy a Windows 2008 license and use Windows 2003. That is what you have to do with Exchange if you want Exchange 2003 now.

Simon.

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dahterCommented:
They do not sell 2003 anymore however I would wait until the first SPK of 2008 because new softare comes with lots of bugs.
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SembeeCommented:
Have you installed Windows 2008? It already has the first service pack installed as it is built on the same code Vista which is on its first service pack.

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