Preinstalled SBS 2003 vs own install
Posted on 2008-10-11
I have an old HP SBS 2003 server (ML 310 G3) that is starting to age, and I am planning to swap in a new server. I have an unused boxed copy of SBS 2003 Premium, but it is not R2.
I am not a super expert on administration (I am a doctor in an office), but I have handled the current server for the past 4 years on my own, and it has been fine.
Questions- Is R2 substantially better than the earlier version, such that it worth getting the new version? On a related point, is it worth getting the software pre-installed? If there often are days spent trouble-shooting installations it would be worth it to me, but if it usually is straightforward I'd be fine with it.
Are the HPs and Dells of the world more reliable than the Visionman's? I would think dependability would depend on the components, and clearly you get more for your money with the smaller manufacturers, but I don't want to get stuck dealing with a weird incompatibility that hasn't been sorted out.