Small Business Server or separate server techonogies?
Posted on 2011-09-06
Now i have a new case, and i'm wondering if its time to go for separate licenses or a new SBS-system.
Primarily the customer needs to separate SQL databases from Exchange (running a SBS 2003 today). By installing Win Server 2008 with SQL 2008 on a new server, we could still run Exchange on the SBS for at least another year. At some point they would need another Win 2008 server with Exchange 2010, and the total license cost for all this is way way higher than a SBS 2011 setup.
They have about 17-20 users, not very expansive in database sizes or user data.
How much of a drawback is a SBS 2011 setup compared to going for two separate servers with all required licenses and User CALs? I mean, the software/license prices for a SBS solution is 45% of the price of going all separate.
When i say drawback i mean complexity of a future upgrade/migration to new version, limitations of joining other domains in trust relationships and other limitations/restrictions one would encounter in a SBS setup compared to going all separate on licenses?
I have some experience migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 and even with Swing Migration its not always straight forward. Is this more easily done in the current version?
I would appreciate some thoughts and advices based on your experiences with SBS 2011 and how it can "compete" with the alternative of all separate licenses. One would need to think of the company size, price difference and any serious downsides of going SBS.
They have already approved my plan which is based on separate licenses but i would like to think it over once more as my feelings about SBS and its downsides is based on old grudges :)