sbs 2011 licensing and remote users

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Hi all,

We have a client who is interested in SBS 2011, mainly for the remote web access for documents. The issue we have is that he has 3 offices with a total of about 35 users, but another 45 users who will only need email to their mobile devices. They also use SharePoint heavily.

I am thinking that SBS is probably not the best way forward, but would be interested to know if this scenario would be feasible at all.

Otherwise, can someone please confirm the best setup? I am thinking a simple Server 2008R2 box for AD and maybe My Docs storage, and a beefy one for Exchange, SharePoint and webDAV or something? As always, cost is an issue which is why SBS 2011 would be the preferred choice if possible, knowing the 75 user issue.

Thanks.
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Since the user count is 80, I don't think that SBS is a good choice. You can use SBS if you host the email (and even Sharepoint I believe) via Office 365, some hosted Exchange, or Google Apps for email (and maybe to replace Sharepoint).

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Thanks for that answer. Has anyone had experience of pushing the limits of SBS 2011 yet? I am liking kevinhsieh's answer and suggestion of Office 365 but want to be able to give a cast-iron answer to our client. If anyone has any more info, I'd be glad to hear. I'll award points later today.

Thanks again.
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SBS 2011 does not play well with o365, or any other topology that ignores exchange, or even worse tries to split email duties among exchange and another service.

I would do standard server 2008 R2 for AD. then you can choose to set up other servers for exchange/sharepoint or go O365/cloud for other services. Finally, if remote web access features such as web based file access is desired, a very inexpensive Windows Storage Server Essentials can be propped up as a file server and that product includes RWA as well.

Any which way though, I the SBS is a poor fit considering the number of users and the design expectations if SBS.

-Cliff
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It's my understanding that Storage Server Essentials only supports 25 users, I think I have pretty much ruled that one out, is there such a limit on the Standard version?
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Storage sever standard and above do not have RWA. you can add multiple SSE boxes, if only 35 users need RWA, that'd be two. But yes, it does get messy. Otherwise you are looking at 3rd party or rolling your own...equally messy if for different reasons and cost.. Unfortunately there isn't a single drop-in solution for the number if users you have.

-Cliff

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Good old Microsoft! Thanks for your answers, points split.

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