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I need to upgrade a machine currenlty running Windows 2000 Server to 2003 Server. I can not go to 2008 so this has to be about 2003. I am not sure what to order. I look on new egg and see many choices but do not know exactly what I need. Is Windows Small Business Server the same as Windows 2003 server? Basically I need the cheapest version of the 2003 server operating system. Thanks
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by:KCTS
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SBS server is NOT the same as Server 2003. It has a number of restrictions such as a 75user limit, single domain, no trusts. On the plus side it comes with Exchange and is suitable as the name suggests for a small business.

Server 2003 is just the server - not extras - but with no restrictions
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by:bselltiz
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This is a small business with less than 50 employees, probably won't be more for the foreseable future. The machine is only used as a file server for a custom database program they use so they don't need more than the 5 cals that normally come with it. Do you see any issues with using SBS?

Exchange is nice but not needed here. It actually seems as though the SBS sku is cheaper than the plain Server 2003 one, is that normal?
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Yes - SBS will do the job nicely - and it is cheaper than standard edition - and you dont have to use exchnage if you dont want it
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by:bselltiz
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KCTS - before I award points can you confirm that this item number from newegg is what I need?

Item N82E16832116304

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by:KCTS
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Sorry I can't the product code seems to vary according to localisation. Just make sure that you specify SBS Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition. That will do you nicely
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