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Requirement to run Win 2008 SBS adn Accpac

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Hi

I have a customer that run windows 2000 SBS with a old version of Accpac that run on Pervasive. He plan to upgrade his server to a Windows 2008. Because he host his exchange I was planing to implement SBS 2008. Now he decide to also upgrade his Accpac version and the Accpac people sugest him to host his email with the ISP and buy only a Standard 2008 server with SQL. I did quote him on a Dell 1900  Quad core 2.0 ghz with 8 gig of ram and now Im planing to add 2 processor of 3 gig with 8 gig ram and windwows 2008 SBS Premium.
I was wondering what do you recomend for a 10 users network in this scenarion.
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Mark WillsTopic Advisor, Page Editor
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Commented:
Thee is a lot more to SBS than just Exchange...

But if exchange is being hosted elsewhere, and you are not using all the features of SBS, then yes, a "standard" server will be fine for accpacc. You will need to set up DNS and a domain controller as well.

SBS Premium does support a second server (and a 3ghz 8gig server will work just fine) for SQL and Windows Server. You could use that for accpacc. If using SBS then it really needs to be the DNS server (though does not have to be), and can only be one SBS on a domain.

If you are not using SQL Server, and Exchange is being hosted externally, then why upgrade to SBS 2008 Premium - what other features are you using, or, want to use ?

If not upgrading then would make the new server a "baby" to be the domain controller and DNS server and have the current server as the Application and Pervasive database server.


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Commented:
They need to run teh following:
Exchange 2007
SQL 2008
DNS
DHCP
ACCPAC
I propose the following:
Power Edge 2900
2.33 ghz Quad Core CPU
16 GIG RAM
400 GB 15ms SCSI Hard Drive Raid 1
Windows 2008 SBS Premium Edition with 10 CALS

The Accpac Consultant
Propose:
2 Separate servers
One Runing DC, DHCP, DNS
And the other runing SQL
They want Exchange to be host off site.

I prefer to keep Exchange Onsite
So do you think having my configuration will work fine and is to much?
Mark WillsTopic Advisor, Page Editor
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Commented:
SBS Premium will give you all the software you need. It is best to run 2 servers with Premium and SQL. Stick accpac on the second server with SQL.

For SBS 2008 premium, please read the install restrictions on : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794697.aspx   and you will see why two servers are best.

If the 1900 is still available then use that as the second server. You could tone down the 2900 in that case.

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Commented:
I guess if we can split SQL from SBS and run it on a diferent server then I can go with a second server.
The one I chose is in the $5k range.
I have to make sure I do not go over that range but I think I will because I will have to buy an extra Win 2008 Standard licence. What will be the hardware requirement for Accpac?
Topic Advisor, Page Editor
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Commented:
Premium comes with both the Win 2008 license and the SQL license for the second box. The 1900 specs should be fine for accpac, but if they are being a bit "ordinary" or fussy about your config, you might want to check with them first.


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