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upgrading from SBS 2003 to ???????

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Hi guys,

I am running an SBS 2003 network with an Proliant HP ML330 G6 server with exchange 2003 .. i am interested in upgrading since i have over 30 users and the max for exchange is 75GB.. i reached about 50GB now so i am getting a little worried and believe its time to upgrade anyways.. SO i am looking for advice for the UPGRADE... Hardware, software .... etc....

thank you very much in advance
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If you're not expected to reach 70-75 users in the next 2-3 years, I would upgrade to SBS 2011 at your earliest convenience.  You will need all new CALs for each user and/or device.  SBS 2011 (and 2008) don't have Exchange database limits, so you should be clear on that.

You should run some tests/checks with your software vendors to ensure they support running on Server 2008 R2 and/or SBS 2011 (which uses 2008 R2).

Hardware-wise, depends on your usage, but I would get a RAID 1 - maybe TWO RAID 1's depending on your storage requirements.  And a Quad Core (maybe DUAL quad core depending on your usage) with 16 GB of RAM (maybe 24 GB depending on your usage).

SBS 2011 has a single Quad Core CPU requirement and 8 GB of RAM as the minimum install, so given your size, I would suggest the specs above would likely cover MOST companies with your size...

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