SBS 2008 PREMIUM TO SBS 2011 STANDARD and keep the 2008 standard server

Posted on 2012-08-23
Last Modified: 2012-09-07
I bought 2008 sbs premium . I installed it on 2 servers, One running sbs 2008 and the 2nd running 2008 standard w 2008 sql.

Is it possible to install 2011 sbs standard and continue using my 2nd server . The 2008 standard server w 2008 sql.
Question by:RALPHQC
    LVL 56

    Expert Comment

    by:Cliff Galiher
    No. The second server licenses are tied to SBS 2008 and cannot be split apart and run separately.
    LVL 9

    Expert Comment

    Upgrade 2008 SBS to 2011 SBS .

    Author Comment

    how sure are you. That means I must buy a 2nd server . buy the premium addon for 2011. migrate all my apps which are running on sql which is a big headach. (my current server is still only 2.5 years old) . do you know if microsoft has any info on such a situation.
    LVL 56

    Assisted Solution

    by:Cliff Galiher
    I am quite sure. It is outlined in the licensing guidelines of the product use guide. SBS 2008 Premium is considered a single product. You cannot keep just parts of it in place. Separating out the second server and SQL license would be as illegal as demoting the main SBS server and keeping it as a member server. It just isn't allowed.

    LVL 77

    Accepted Solution

    I'll back Cliff up on that. Unfortunately the premium add-on is just that, an add on for your existing 2008 server, even your existing premium CAL's are not usable to access the second server if you remove SBS 2008.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    6 Surprising Benefits of Threat Intelligence

    All sorts of threat intelligence is available on the web. Intelligence you can learn from, and use to anticipate and prepare for future attacks.

    Written by Glen Knight (demazter) as part of a series of how-to articles. Introduction One of the biggest consumers of disk space with Small Business Server 2008(SBS) is Windows Server Update Services, more affectionately known as WSUS. For t…
    The SBS 2011 release date (RTM) is supposed to be around Christmas, 2011.  This article is a compilation of my notes -- things I have learned first hand.  The items are in a rather random order, but I think this list covers most of what is new and d…
    Hi everyone! This is Experts Exchange customer support.  This quick video will show you how to change your primary email address.  If you have any questions, then please Write a Comment below!
    Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With eFax Corporate (, you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, fr…

    761 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    11 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now