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Can I join a SBS 2011 AddOn license to a SBS 2003 domain?

Today our customer has one single server with SBS 2003 Premium, including SQL Server.
The load is to high, they will by another server and move SQL there.

My suggestion is to upgrade/reinstall also the SBS-server to SBS 2011 at the same time, but they want to keep it and do that upgrade next year (2014).

So, what are my best options for licensing? Two ways to go:

1. Install Standard windows server 2008 and SQL server 2008 on the new server and join it to the existing domain at the SBS 2003 server.
Next year they buy the SBS 2011 standard server and upgrade the SBS Server.

2. Buy the SBS Server 2011 with the Addon (sql) from the beginning. Using the addon license to install it to the new server, and join the 2003 SBS domain. Next year, use the SBS 2011 license to update the SBS server.

Option 1 is more expensive without doubt. The problem with nr 2 is that MS says:
This server software must be run in an OSE that is joined to an SBS 2011 domain"
I wonder if that is a technical limitation or just a licensing one?

How would you do in this situation?
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Martin_Radbo

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Martin_Radbo

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Anyone who has tried to join the "addon server" to a SBS 2003 domain?
Cliff Galiher

It cannot legally be done. So asking for experience if someone who has tried is basically asking if someone has broken the law. EE policy prohibits discussing illegal violations of licensing, so the only answer we can give is no, you cannot legally do what you want. Full stop.
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OK, I have given our customer the different legal options and are awaiting there answer.

Thanks for your time.
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