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SBS 2011  on a Proliant 350 G4p

A bit of advise please.

I have a client wanting to upgrade to SBS 2011 from 2003.

I have a feeling the answer is yes but would it be possible to put sbs 2011 on a HP Proliant ML350 G4 (about 5 years old) if lots more ram was added? Would it crawl?

Thanks in advance
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Distinguished Expert 2018
Yes, SBS shoild run okay on that server given adequate storage and memory.

HOWEVER I would strongly recommend against it. Businesses that use SBS do so because they have a business need that a server fulfills.  SBS in particular, with exchange, often becomes a communications and storage hub for the entire business.

A server that is four years old is near (or past) warranty. Replacement parts become difficult, and servers that have been running 24/7 do fail. A new server is relatively inexpensive soldiering how hardware prices have come down, and by the time you source a replacement part and labor in a disaster recovery scenario, the new server would have been paid for.

Put simply, if the business uses their server enough to want the upgradeto up-to-date software then they use their server enough to invest in keeping their network healthy with up-to-date hardware.
Alan HardistyCo-Owner
Top Expert 2011
Agree with cgaligher - it should work, but it isn't on the list of supported hardware / OS combinations by HP (http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/windows/index.html) so they won't provide any help if you get problems.

The maximum memory installable in the server is only 12Gb, so even fully loaded, I wouldn't personally entertain SBS 2011 with 12Gb of RAM.  SBS 2011 can use 32Gb max, so you are short-changing it with 12Gb and have nowhere to expand it if you find it needs more oomph.

It will work - but I wouldn't want to recommend you do it in a production environment.

Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal Consultant
Most Valuable Expert 2016
Top Expert 2014
It actually depends on the processor.  Some ML350's were shipped with processors that do not support VT-x which is required to run x64 operating systems.

Furthermore, you can not do an in-place upgrade of SBS 2003 to SBS 2011, so you need a separate server anyhow.



Thanks for the advise folks.

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