MS SBS 2011 from Standard to Enterprise - what's the procedure?

Posted on 2011-10-08
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
We're running SBS 2011 Standard (Exchange 2010 & Server 20008R2.) Due to changes in our business strategy we've decided to upgrade our licence for SBS 2011 from the Standard version to the Enterprise.

What is the best way to do this?
Question by:astgpaul
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    Are you asking about SBS 2011 standard to Premium?

    If so the premium upgrade allow you to run Windows 2008 r2 standard on a separate box and run SQL 2008 on that second box. In addition your client licensing would be for premium add-on user CAL's which run about $20 more than standard CAL's.

    Author Comment

    Sorry, I meant Premium not Enterprise.

    So you're saying is that I don't upgrade my existing installation of SBS 2011 Standard, I run an additional installation (virtual or otherwise) and install R2 on that.

    The ISO I've downloaded from MS Licensing gives me the option of installing R2 Standard (Full or Server Core) or R2 Enterprise (Full or Server Core). I assume I would install R2 Enterprise Full version.

    (We're actually planning on using RDP for a number of our employees as we open a branch office and Standard won't allow us to do that unless we upgrade to Premium).

    Thanks Murgroup.
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    the SBS 2011 premium Add-on is as it says an add-on license and includes a Windows 2008 R2 Standard and SQL 2008 R2 license. So no upgrade or migration.

    The Windows 2008 R2 ISO includes more versions of windows 2008 R2 but the version licensed with the premium add-on is Windows 2008 R2 so this is the version you must install.

    If you are not going to use the SQL license it might be cheaper to just buy a windows 2008 R2 standard license.
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    I would agree. If your just going to run an rdp server just purchase a copy of 2008 standard and the terminal server licenses.
    Also as stated above when you burn the 2008 iso every version shows up but you choose which one you are licensed for.

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    Thank you all for your inputs

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