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Hi ,
      currently i am running MS SBS EXCHANGE SERVER 2003 , i want to upgrade my server. kindlya dvice which version should i go for in SBS Series .and how it will be benificial if i compare with sbs 2003 .
i am looking for latest version

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by:netjgrnaut
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When in doubt, let MS market to you - they have answers...

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/Windows-Small-Business-Server/editions.aspx

The biggest caveat when upgrading to SBS newer than 2003 is this: all newer versions of Exchange run on 64-bit processors *only*.

Also, my experience is that SBS newer than 2003 requires *a lot* more memory to run efficiently.  I wouldn't put less than 8GB in a SBS nowadays, which takes some of the benefit away (IMHO).

Still SBS is a great way to go to minimize licensing costs for a fairly robust suite of MS products.

Good luck!
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by:Mike
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I'm not even sure you can "upgrade". I've only ever migrated to a new SBS 2008 server. New equipment and all. There are pretty good wizards included with SBS 2008 to help with this process.
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+1 for msprague74.  I didn't even notice the "upgrade" language.  I must've read "migrate" out of habit.  ;-)
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by:sanjeevkmrs
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ok if  we cannot migrate MS eXCHANGE SERVER then which latest version of SBS will be suited for  me .
1) i have around 45 users inhouse .
2) need owa , rcp over http, and all basic things currently sbsb 2003 supports , also need a supportable version of exchange for apple products like ipad , iphone , MacBook Air etc .

kindly advice
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Based on your size, SBS 2011 Standard is probably the best fit.

You *can* migrate - not upgrade.  You will probably need new hardware to support the 64bit OS (I'm guess you're running SBS 2003 on 32bit hardware, like most everyone else), so this will make the migration process more manageable.

iPad/iPhone have support for ActiveSync built in.  Not so sure about the MacBook Air - but there's always OWA for non-Exchange/non-ActiveSync clients.

Good luck!
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by:Mike
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You should go with sbs 2011 Standard. You are to large for essentials. This will do everything you need and more. Don't forget to purchase the right amount of CALs.

Data on SBS 2011 versions

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-small-business-server/editions.aspx
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Really, the only option IS SBS 2011 standard as stated.  And you'll need a new server (almost certainly if you're current server runs SBS 2003).  For that many users and assuming "average" usage, I would recommend AT LEAST 24 GB of RAM in the system... you might want to max it out at 32 GB (SBS 2011 maximum) and a Quad Core (or 6 core) CPU (people always like to over-power machines... if you don't care about money, then spend another $500-$1000 on a second CPU, but when you look at your CPU usage, you'll almost certainly find it's NEVER EVEN CLOSE to fully utilized.
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Hi
      vurrently i am using :-
 HP Proliant  DL 360 G5 Server.
S.no =GB8732PVLL
PID=470064-464.
INTEL(R) XEON ( R) CPU
E5320 @1.86GHZ
1.87GHZ, 2 GB RAM.
Windows server 2003 SBS sp2
146*3 HDD
Can i use this current server for SBS 2011 ? will its hardware support SBS 2011 if i will increase its RAM, and HDD ?
Kindly Advice
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Well, the processor supports 64bit - so you're good there.

I'd look up the server's maximum supported memory on HP's web site, if I were you.

Be warned that an in-place migration (re-using the server hardware) is a good deal more complicated than putting in a new server and migrating data across the wire. More downtime involved, too. Just thought I'd point that out.
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by:sanjeevkmrs
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as per my discussion with some local vendors , the SBS 2011 drivers does not support the hardware . is it so ?
kindly advice as i am very much confuse here . as may be after upgradin g the memory and HDD also if sbs 2011 will not work properly then it will be money wastage .
Kindly advice
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kindly advice
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My advice is to work with a local vendor to acquire new server hardware and perform a swing (across the wire) migration.
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by:sanjeevkmrs
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Dear Netigrnaut
                               does my dl 350 G5 server supports SBS 2011 drivers ? as per my discussion with some of the local venders , there feedback is that SBS 2011 does not support G5 server drivers .

Kindlya dvice
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by:netjgrnaut
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I think this answers your question:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/Q_27278353.html

And the answer appears to be "yes, the DL 350 G5 supports SBS 2011."

Hope that helps.
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by:sanjeevkmrs
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is the under given specs supports SBS 2011
1)      Part no 470065-363 =HP Proliant DL360 G7 Server
             Intel Xeon Quad Core E5620 2.40GHz Processor
            12GB DDR3 RAM, P410i/512w RAID Controller
3x146GB DVDRW, 460W

Kindly Advice
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by:netjgrnaut
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Your hardware will run SBS 2011.

It appears (from the link I provided previously) that the current SmartStart CDs do not support a guided install of SBS2011 on your server model.

Will it work? Yes.
Is it supported? Apparently not.

I don't know how to be any more clear. Sorry.
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then to run sbs 2011 , what hardware  should i go with ?any specific model number or specs are there with which you can help me .
i want a new hardware and want to install sbsb2011 freshly on it .
kindly advice
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Dear Sir ,
i have decide to go with SBS 2011 , As i am having approximately 45 to 50 users maximum .
1) does sbsb 2011 contacins exchange 2010 or 2011 ?

Kindly advice .
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Before purchaing SBSB 2011 SE i want to know is tehre any upgradable option is there which i should ask vendor before purchasing that , if we want to upgrade our sbs 2011 IN FUTURE SO WE CAN UPGRADE EXISTING ONE AND GET SOME CONCETION FOR THE SOFTWARE ?
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by:netjgrnaut
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You'll have to talk with your vendor about that. Typically, SBS components are not individually upgradeable. So you'd be looking at upgrading SBS, not just Exchange.

That being said, I'm not a Microsoft reseller. Such a question should be posed to a qualified reseller to ensure a reliable answer.
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