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New server setup

We are looking at replacing our servers and OS shortly and have some questions that we need answered.  We are envisaging installing a Windows SBS 2008 Domain Server and 2 x Windows 2008 Servers running under it.  

The 2 x W2008 Servers will be used to store and run various SQL databases and allow Terminal Sessions to connect.  We currently are using SQL 2000 Cals but hope to utilise SQL  2008 Express to cut down on the licensing requirements.

We need to know the following: -

1.    Will SBS 2008 allow 2 or more W2008 Servers to be controlled by it?

2.    Will a SBS allow a W2008 Server to run Terminal Sessions?  I recall that earlier versions of SBS only allowed 2 TS onto the SBS box and only with full admin access.

3.    What is the maximum number of users that SBS can support?

4.    Is there any other restrictions that we should be aware of with SBS 2008?

5.    Will SQL 2008 Express handle the current dbs' which are all under 10 GB each and is there any restrictions that we should be aware of?


Regards

ZX
 
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pjamCommented:
Phew, lots of questions.  Why not W2k8 Std?  or even SBS 2011?

I believe SBS W2K8 is only good for 75 users.  As for TS, you can purchase SBS 2008 premium which includes a second server, see below:
Quote from Technet at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd262139(WS.10).aspx
 
Terminal Services and Windows Small Business Server 2008
Review the following guidelines before you configure Terminal Services with Windows SBS 2008:

Use the second server that is included with Windows SBS 2008 Premium for Terminal Services. You cannot use a server that is running Windows SBS 2008 as a terminal server. Terminal Services does not coexist well with the rest of the applications and services that are included with Windows SBS 2008.
For the terminal server, you can use either the second server that is included with Windows SBS 2008 Premium or Windows Server 2008 Standard with a separate server license.

Terminal Services CALs are required for each user or device that accesses or uses the server software. Terminal Services CALs are not included with the Windows SBS 2008 server license or the Windows SBS 2008 CALs. You must purchase Terminal Services CALs separately.

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Cliff GaliherCommented:
1.    Will SBS 2008 allow 2 or more W2008 Servers to be controlled by it?

SBS has always allowed member servers. This is unchanged in 2008. You can run two servers to accommodate the roles you need.

2.    Will a SBS allow a W2008 Server to run Terminal Sessions?  I recall that earlier versions of SBS only allowed 2 TS onto the SBS box and only with full admin access.

For as long as windows has natively had terminal services (windows 2000), you could add a member server to an SBS domain and run terminal services. You CANNOT run terminal services on the SBS server itself, which is where the 2 connection limit occurs. This is unchanged in 2008. No TS on the SBS server.

3.    What is the maximum number of users that SBS can support?

Depends on how you license. SBS supports 75 users or devices. This has an effective limit of approximately 75 users, but can be more if you diligently restrict device access, purchase device CALs, and accurately track CAL assignments. It gets complex quickly, so I usually recommend the user licensing model.

4.    Is there any other restrictions that we should be aware of with SBS 2008?

Too vague to answer. Some people would find having exchange 2007 on the SBS 2008 machine too restricting. Others will be fine with it. You either know this product and understand its features and limitations, or you don't. Nobody can start guessing what things you might find limiting.


5.    Will SQL 2008 Express handle the current dbs' which are all under 10 GB each and is there any restrictions that we should be aware of?

I'd recommend grabbing SBS premium which comes with a SQL standard license and skip express.

-Cliff
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ZX-10RAuthor Commented:
Many thanks to both of you for clear helpful answers.
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