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Upgrade Server 2008 R2 to SBS 2011?

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I can't seem to find anywhere if I can upgrade from Server 2008r2 Enterprise to SBS 2011 std.

I'd assume it can be done but am having problems with it and thought I'd check.  Can't seem to find anything.

Help would be appreciated.
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Windows Server  2008 R2 is only the operating system of the server and SBS2011 include many server products, like windows 2008 R2, Exchange 2010, etc.

You can not upgrade like it from Windows Server to Small Bussinnes server, because the second have more products. You have to make a System State backup for example for your domain, and then restore it in the clean installation in SBS2011, or backup files and then restore in the clean installation of SBS2011.
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My source server is running Server 2008R2 with Exchange 2010.

Are you saying I cannot Migrate this setup to SBS2011?  This would be a huge issue if true.
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You can migrate, but you can't do an in place upgrade.  You wil have to build another server, then install SBS 2011 in migration mode.  
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SuperTaco is correct.

you'll have to spin up sbs2011 and migrate services from current server 2008 install.
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I would not call what you are trying to do an upgrade. There are restrictions that the base operating system in an SBS environment will have have that the same product when not part of SBS does not have. I believe that the migration suggested above is probably the route you will have to go.

However, I would STRONGLY advise that you read up on the pro's and cons of using SBS as opposed to getting the individual packages.
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basically SBS saves small companies licensing fees vs the full blown products.  you also gain the advantage of RWW (Remote web workplace).  if you have more than 75 users, or thing this company will grow to more than 75 users in the next 6 years SBS is not the way to go.  If they will stay relatively small then I would say go with SBS.  it is a great package for small businesses.  I usually cap my clients at about 40 (meaning if they have 40 or more users, I usually recommend a more standard network.  these clients will have a bigger budget and generally need servers for dedicated apps and full time terminal servers)
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Migration from Server 2008 R2 to SBS 2011 is supported according to Microsoft
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