I am getting ready to upgrade our SBS 2003 network to SBS 2011 Essentials.
It has been suggested that we run a separate server for our SQL Server as this should be on it's own (not part of a DC). We need to run SQL Server 2005 Express in our environment for a seldom used application that has business info we look up for historical purposes.
It was also suggested that we run Hyper-V and consolidate our servers for cost reasons (we don't want to purchase a separate server for something that will be retired in a few years.
We currently have (2) servers, a SBS 2003 on a machine that needs to be retired and a file and MYSQL server on a Dell PowerEdge 2900. The PE2900 is robust and new enough; we plan on using this as our primary/only server.
I am not familiar Hyper-V or SBS2011. Does the following network layout make sense?
We will have about about 8-10 Clients on the network with about 6-8 users.
-Does SBS2011 Essentials recommend a hardware Firewall to protect the network?
-Will we run into problems using SBS2011 Essentials OEM, or should we purchase the retail version?
-Is there any problems assigning a static IP (from our ISP) to a SBS2011 Essentials on a Hyper-V machine?