SBS 2011 Premuium Addon

Posted on 2011-10-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a client who needs SQL Server 2008 standard, but also would benefit from SBS 2011.  Does the Premium Addon allow SQL server 2008 to be run on the same machine as the SBS2011, or would it have to be run on a separate server.  They can only afford the one server!

Question by:stewart_page
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    You can first install 2008 Server on the hardware, then enable the Hypervisor. After that you can run SBS 2011 as a VM on the same hardware. With the addon you get that additional 2008 License. Just make sure there is enough RAM, Harddisk and CPU power on that server. On the 2008 server you can then install SQL server.

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    Hi Rindi

    What do you consider enough RAM, HDD and CPU.  I've initially thought 8Gb RAM, 2 x Intel Xeon E5640 2.66Ghz, and Raid 5 with 3 x 450Gb HDD's.

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    Get more RAM. 8GB is about the minimum recommended for SBS 2011. Something like 24GB would be more like it. The CPU's should be fine. As for the HD's, it depends on the amount of data you expect. SBS needs about 120 or 160 GB to install, 2008 r2 at least 40GB. I'd also either go for RAID 10 so you get more speed, particularly for SQL, but also since you'll be running two OS's on the same machine, or maybe 2 RAID 1 as opposed to a RAID 5 array.

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    Thanks, greatly appreciated

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