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Which Version of Windows Business Server 2011 To Buy

Hello Experts -

I am still confused about which Version of Windows Business Server 2011 to buy.

I'm looking at the "standard" version from Amazon.Com. Its description is as follows:

Windows Small Business Server Standard 2011 64Bit English 1 Pack DSP OEI DVD 1-4CPU...
 
But, the problem is I don't have a 64-bit server and I don't have 4 CPUs. What's more I see some retailers advertising that they are selling a license only - no media. Does that mean I don't even get a DVD? And, how about the number of users that comes with the base installation. Is it 5 users or do I have to purchase x number of CALS at an extra price?

Talk about a crummy marketing effort on Microsoft's behalf. To think I'd have to come on this forum to figure out what I "want" to buy. No wonder their stock is in the waste can.



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gbmcneil
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Glen KnightCommented:
>>>But, the problem is I don't have a 64-bit server and I don't have 4 CPUs
It's only 64bit, there is no 32bit version.

>>> And, how about the number of users that comes with the base installation. Is it 5 users or do I have to purchase x number of CALS at an extra price?

You get 5 CAL's with the base installation, if you have more then that devices/users then you need to buy more.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
SBS 2011 can be installed on a server with a single CPU and four Cores.

8GB of RAM is okay while 10GB or more is better.

The server does need to be 64bit (EMT64 Intel AMD64 for AMD).

5 CALs is the default number of CALs that come with. Yes, extra users means extra CALs to purchase.

Philip
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dmessmanCommented:
All computers sold in the last 5 years or so are 64 bit capable.  You can run SBS 2011 with one processor.  SBS 2011 will come with 5 CALs (licenses).

You can talk to a Microsoft reseller like Dell, PC Connection, or CDW if you have questions about any product.
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gbmcneilAuthor Commented:
Thanks all for replying.

Do they at least provide me with a DVD?

If they sell only a 64-bit version, what do they do?  Emulate database software that is written for 32-bit CPUs?  If my database software is intended for a 32-bit processor, should I drop back to Windows Server 2008 for better performance?

Also, when you say "EMT64 Intel" does that include a motherboard with a socket for an Intel i7 Core or is the Intel i7 Core a 32-bit processor?

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dmessmanCommented:
Core i7 is 64 bit.

SBS 2008 is 64 bit also.

SBS 2003 is 32 bit.

Generally, 32 bit software works on 64 bit systems, but you need to check specifically on your database before assuming it will work.  There should be info on that somewhere on their web site.
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gbmcneilAuthor Commented:
dmessman -

It was made obvious to me earlier today that PC Connection doesn't want to talk to me unless I'm a "corporation". Furthermore I don't have, nor do I want, a Dell computer.
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gbmcneilAuthor Commented:
Thank you to all. I tried to give each of you 100 points. I hope that I did it correctly.
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dmessmanCommented:
Dell will sell you anything you want - a computer or software.  Buying MS softwre from them doesn't mean you have have a Dell computer.  You talked to a bad rep at PC Connection.  CDW is also a good option.
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gbmcneilAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your advice, dmessman.

I think I'm going with TigerDirect, if they'll give me a DVD with my order.
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