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SBS 2003 Migration

Hi Everyone,
I have an interesting problem. I recently purchased a Mac computer, but when I tried to install Mac Office 2011, it would not find my exchange server 2003 on our SBS 2k3. This makes the computer useless, because I need my email on my computer. So I think it is time for us to upgrade from SBS 2003 to get exchange 2010. My main question is this: We only use the exchange and DC function of SBS right now, not sharepoint or anything else, and have citrix servers and file servers running everything else. We only have 11-15 users, so what is the best (cheapest) solution to getting exchange2010 - SBS 2011 or Windows 2008 w/ Exchange 2010 installed on it. Given the new RAM requirements of Exchange 2010, we would need to get a new server. What is a reliable and cheap rack server that can handle SBS 2011/Exchange 2010 for our small business?
Thank you in advance!
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Look here at the 3 options for SBS 2011 tower servers with SBS 2011 preinstalled:

Either the T310 or T410 option should work well given your requirements

I'd recommend getting the T410 because it gives you redundant power supplies, mirrored hard drives, hot-pluggable drives and other options to cover for future growth.
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Do you know if there is a similar Rack version - we currently have rack servers and not really any room for a tower server?
I found this on the Dell Outlet - is this a good deal? It doesn't include an OS, but is SBS 2011 relatively easy to install on the server?
PowerEdge R610
Certified Refurbished - SA
System Price: $1,699.00      
4 Year ProSupport NBD: 799.00

Processor      Processor: Intel Xeon E5603 Processor (1.60GHz 4M Cache 4.8 GT/s)
Operating System      No Operating System
Base      PowerEdge R610 Rack Server
Hard Disk Drive      500 GB SATA Hard Drive 2.5in Hot Plug Hard Drive (7200 RPM) [QTY : 2 ]
Memory      8 GB Memory (2x4GB), 1333MHz Dual Ranked RDIMMs
Media Bay      16X DVD ROM Drive
Hardware Upgrade      Chassis for Up to Six 2.5-Inch Hard Drives
Power Cord, C13 to C14, PDU Style, 12 amps, 6.5 feet / 2 meter [QTY : 2 ]
Performance BIOS Setting
Thermal Heat Sink for 1 Processor
Onboard Broadcom 5709 Quad Port 1GbE NIC, with TOE
iDRAC6 Enterprise
PERC H700 Integrated RAID Controller 512MB Cache
DIMM Blanks 24x
Chassis for Up to Six 2.5-Inch Hard Drives
UPS      High Output Power Supply, Redundant, 717W
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That refurbished R610 that you found is just fine for your needs.

The money you save on that server should give you some extra budget to get some assistance from professional services to help you with your migration if you need the help.
The server looks good. THe only thing I would do is increase the amount of RAM  to 12 GB and get a secondary power supply.  I would recommend going to SBS2011 instead of 2008 R2/Exchange 2010 given the small amount of users and the migration procedure for both
You should seriously consider NOT installing an Exchange server for only 15 users.  If you really want to do the math, figure out how much it costs you to deploy, manage, patch and repair a server that can essentially service 10 times as many people for the same effort.

Think about getting SBS 2011 Essentials instead and using Office 365 for your email.  This is the reason Microsoft is discontinuing SBS and it would make good sense to take this opportunity to make the move.