SBS 2008 Network redundancy
Posted on 2011-10-14
Hi, I appreciate that this question has been raised a few times, and I have researched and got some answers to consider, but would love an expert opinion on the following:
I have 40 plus users in a SBS 2008 network. I have inherited this network and am trying to make it as efficient and resilient to disaster as possible.
The DC is SBS 2008 Standard with 8 GB RAM (not enough, I know) on an HP Proliant DL380 G5 server. They utilise Sharepoint and Exchange 2007. There are 3 other servers - two Win 2003 servers and a second Win 2008. The second Win 2008 hosts their major heavily used application – a SQL app that is also web based. One sbs 2003 is the terminal server and the other hosts other apps and Quickbooks.
They are V heavily reliant on email and network availability both on phones and pcs. I want to be sure that there is minimum downtime for them. I also need to test backups – I have Shadow Protect and understand there is the virtual boot capability but am v nervous about testing anything on the SBS server as there is no backup server and downtime is a no - no! The company is also growing and may get bigger than 75 users in a year or two.
What are my options here? Do I get a second server with SBS 2008 Premium on it and replicate the AD functions for network redundancy etc and have an online Exchange failover solution? Or do I get a second SBS 2008 server set up and configured exactly the same way as our current so I can test updates, backups etc and have it ‘ready to go”?