Exceeding 75 user limit on SBS 2003 ?

Posted on 2008-11-04
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
My customer has decided to kill all of the web hosted email accounts for all the disparate locations and pull all the company's users together under Exchange.  The headquarters, where the SBS is currently located is using Exchange and they have about 10 employees.  Externally, they have about 10 more employees that use RWW to access an application server.  

Now they need to add an additional 100 unique users for email accounts on Exchange.  The local and remote users enjoy the benefits of SBS and want to continue using RWW and all the other goodies.  Can I just add a new Exchange server onto the network and purchase new licenses or is there a better way?

They've already ordered a new Exchange server.  If money were not really an issue, what should I do?  I want to keep all the benefits of SBS for the local office, but I also have to provide Exchange email for the entire enterprise from the same location.
Question by:manicsquirrel
    LVL 95

    Accepted Solution


    Essential Business Server:

    I'm not sure the exact limits - I've heard 3 numbers: 250, 300, 500 users.  In all cases, more than double what you have.

    Because you cannot exceed the 75 user limit in SBS due to licensing.  EBS can be run on a SINGLE server if you use virtualization, or on 3 physical servers (or 2 with virtualization of 2 of the 3 systems that come with it).  I don't think it's "in stores" until next Wednesday (11/12, I believe, is the release date).
    LVL 10

    Expert Comment

    If mony is not an issue y dont you go for windows server standard for AD & exchnage 2003 std .
    LVL 95

    Expert Comment

    by:Lee W, MVP
    Because they don't offer features such as Remote Web Workplace.
    LVL 6

    Author Closing Comment

    I didn't know about EBS.  I can't wait to try it.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Highfive + Dolby Voice = No More Audio Complaints!

    Poor audio quality is one of the top reasons people don’t use video conferencing. Get the crispest, clearest audio powered by Dolby Voice in every meeting. Highfive and Dolby Voice deliver the best video conferencing and audio experience for every meeting and every room.

    Granting full access permission allows users to access mailboxes present in their database. By giving full access permission one can open and read the content of any mailbox but cannot send emails from that mailbox.
    Find out how to use Active Directory data for email signature management in Microsoft Exchange and Office 365.
    In this video we show how to create an email address policy in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.:  First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Mail Flow…
    The video tutorial explains the basics of the Exchange server Database Availability groups. The components of this video include: 1. Automatic Failover 2. Failover Clustering 3. Active Manager

    779 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    14 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now