SBS2011 Essentials and its Terminal Server Funtion

Posted on 2012-08-17
Last Modified: 2013-12-02

  I am trying to build a PC Network for my customer with 5 employees. One person has a MAC and 2nd person has a PC. The other three employees work from home; therefore I need terminal service.

  That said, I have two questions.
  (1) For 5 employees, I had to buy another server box for terminal service. Can I use one server box, install SBS2011 Essentials and run Terminal Service(wiith Remote Desktop Licenses)?
 (2) I have never installed SBS2011 Essentials before. Is this a good choice over SBS2011 Standard? It is definitely cheaper ... as long as it has Exchange server, that's all I need it for.
Question by:sglee
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    You cannot install Terminal services on any version of SBS. You need to buy Server 2008 R2 , or with 5 users you could get Foundation Server which is much less expensive but limited to 15 users.  Foundation is only sold pre-installed on hardware.

    SBS Essentials does not include Exchange or Sharepoint, SBS standard does.  SBS Essentials however will backup 25 PC's SBS standard does not.

    If you want Exchange I would buy SBS 2011 standard, and Server 2008 R2.  The latter comes with an extra license to install a Hyper-V host.  You can then install both servers as virtual machines on the same hardware.

    Author Comment

    How about setting up VMWare in one sever box and install sbs2011 and w2008 server as virtual machines?
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    by:Rob Williams
    Sure that will work fine.
    Hyper-V is a similar solution, licensing is included with Server 2008 R2 to do so, and it keeps all services as Microsoft solutions.  That is not a requirement, but helps when you are dealing with Microsoft support.  VMware is a fully supported solution though.

    Remember you need SBS standard to get Exchange.

    By the way some may suggest instead of Server 2008 R2 for the TS you buy the SBS Premium add-on.  That works fine but is a more expensive option.  It includes SQL, but if you don't need SQL Server 2008 R2 is less expensive for both O/S license and CAL's

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    Since I have installed VMWare before  and I hear that it is better product than MS Hyper-V solution, I am leaning towards VMWare. As you said, I will go with SBS2011 STD to get Exchange and purchase separate TS (Remote Desktop Service) licenses. My customer don't need SQL.

      The only problem with VMWare is that it does not have a good UPS monitoring software and have to purchase separate backup software on the top of purchasing a licensed version of ESXi. But I guess it is worth it.
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    by:Rob Williams
    I wouldn't say that VMware is a better product, there are more and better management tools available for it, but I am doubtful for a single server environment you will by licenses for those features.  The Hyper-V licenses is included with server 2008 R2 so there are no costs involved.  However VMware is an excellent product.

    SBS has a built in backup however only to locally attached USB devices.  In order to address that we use Fabulatech's USB over Network tool to allow us to back up to USB drives attached to the host:
    Generally we make a copy of the TS virtual disk from time to time but do not back it up as all data and the TS licensing service is on the SBS.

    For UPS we use standard software that controls the host and configure Hyper-V to shut down VM's properly before shutting down the host and return them to their previous state upon reboot.


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