Server 2003 Enterprise With Small Business Server 2003

Posted on 2009-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I Have a customer who has the following setup

Small Business Server 2003 Standard SP2
Server 2003 Standard - 100% Terminal Server
30 Terminal Server users

The existing terminal server is low on resources and we are interested in introducing an additional server to the network.
The customer has a budget of around 3,000GBP and i am confident i can find the correct hardware for the budget running Server 2003 Enterprise.

1. Can you join a Server 2003 Enterprise machine to an existing SBS 2003 domain?
2. Will Windows Network Load Balance work correctly between a Server 2003 Standard and a Server 2003 Enterprise terminal services setup?
3. Does anyone know of a simple, easy to follow step byb step guide on how to setup WNLB in this way?

Question by:vitsolutions
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    Accepted Solution

    You can add any non-SBS Windows server OS to an SBS domain; access to these servers are covered by the SBS licenses.
    Why are you planning to use Enterprise for this terminal server? The only advantage would be the additional RAM, but TS doesn't scale that good on Enterprise, and for the price difference between standard and enterprise, you can nearly get another server running W2k3 standard. 2 * standard with 4GB RAM each scale better than 1 * Enterprise with 8GB.
    NLB should work either way, it's not too demanding.
    Some links:
    Network Load Balancing: Configuration Best Practices for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003

    Network Load Balancing Frequently Asked Questions

    How Network Load Balancing works

    Using Clustering for a Highly Available Web Site: An Example

    Network Load Balancing clusters

    Network Load Balancing Best practices

    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you for the list of good guides on NLB, i think i will reccomend your suggestion to purchase 2 x Standard edition servers with 4gb RAM rather than Enterprise.
    Thanks again

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