Server 2012 vs SBS 2011 - Features and Licensing
Posted on 2013-06-12
I'm having difficulty deciphering the Server 2012 licensing requirements. Please forgive me for the verbosity of this question.
I need to upgrade an SBS 2003 environment. Current software/features requirements: DC/AD, Exchange, Terminal Services (Now RDS), SQL Server. SharePoint Services are not needed, nor is Web Serving (IIS) a factor, except for WSUS.
35 Users. Hardware target = 1 physical box.
The way I see it, I have 2 options: 1) SBS 2011 Premium with premium CAL's, or 2) a-la-carte Server 2012 + Exchange + SQL (+RDS?)
For the SBS solution, I assume I could install SBS 2011 on the physical box and use it to control the AD/DC components. I Would use the built-in Exchange 2010 on this box, and run two VM's in Hyper-V... The first VM I would use the included 2nd installation of Server 2008 Standard to run SQL Server 2008, and the other VM I would install Server 2008 on and use for RDS.
Do the Premium CAL's cover the above scenario?
For the Server 2012 solution, how would I achieve the same type of setup on one physical box? The way I understand it, Server 2012 comes with licensing for up to two (2) VM's, but if you use them both, you cannot use the host OS for anything besides hosting the VM's (It can't be used for AD/DC), is this correct?
In this scenario, I assume I'd use one VM for AD/DC and Exchange, and the 2nd for SQL Server 2012. Would I then need to buy another copy of Server 2012 Standard to run RDS as a 3rd VM on this same box? What would licensing look like (minus SQL licensing) for this scenario?
Thanks in advance for the help and information.