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Win 2003 or SBS R2

1. although Ive read, Im still completely failing to understand the differences between:

- eval copies, which work perfectly as far as I know as Im currently using one for a period of upto 180 days?

- R2, im still not getting the difference, or is it just a SALES PITCH thing for customers?
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tigermattCommented:

Evaluation Editions of Microsoft software are fully working versions of the software which expire after 180 days of use. After this time, you can no longer use the software, and must purchase a license to continue making use of it.

Windows Server 2003 is released in two editions. The R1 edition was the original release in 2003; R2 edition was released in 2005. R2 contains a number of new features over and above what is included in the original release. These include better file server management, improved file quotaing, GPO print deployment and others.

-Matt
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Another major point is DFS which has improved replication.

I would suggest you review: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773240.aspx

Not sure why you said "Win 2003 or SBS R2" - these are very different.  Win 2003 - as in Windows 2003 is a server product.  JUST Windows Server.  SBS is Small Business Server 2003 R2 - which includes R2 features of Windows 2003, but also includes Microsoft Exchange, WSUS 3.0, Remote Web Workplace, and other features, many of which are not included with 2003.  Further SBS has some restrictions that 2003 does not have - you may only have one SBS server in a domain for example.
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mikey250Author Commented:
hi tigermatt,

when you say better file server management etc etc, what exactly does that mean?
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mikey250Author Commented:
hi leew,

i justed mentioned both in general as I havent used sbs yet.

ive looked at the url you sent.  in my mind im thinking because I dont know enough about the functionality of the eval copy i cant distinguish although reading the url you sent why a person would really use it anyway.  i probably need to download a copy and play to see, so that I can appreciated the differences.

thanks anyway.
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tigermattCommented:

By better file server management, I was describing Server 2003 R2's improved tools which aid the installation, deployment and monitoring of single or multiple file servers in a network.

Bear in mind that SBS and Windows Server Standard are two VERY different products. SBS is built on Windows Server but includes many other components, as well as handy wizard-based tools for automating much of the configuration. If you are not very familiar with configuring Windows Server/Exchange, SBS would be the product to test.

-Matt
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mikey250Author Commented:
Hi tigermatt,

youve assisted me on my win 2003 server standard before, which Ive been working on for about 3 months now everyday setting up domain, running ris, dhcp, terminal services basic, nlb, and now setup exchange 2003 and hopefully once my isp give me a static ip address i would have also learned how to setup email to send & receive externally.

this is what ive learned on and once finished im going to download once i find an ideal eval ver of SBS i can use.
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