SBS 2008 Premium versus SBS 2008 R2 Premium

What is the major difference between SBS 2008 premium versus SBS 2008 R2 Premium ?

How long will the SBS 2008 Premium and SBS 2008 R2 Premium be supported, will they be supported till 2017, any confirmation from Microsoft yet ?

I have 2 HP Servers - one installed with SBS 2008 and the other installed with Windows 2008 Standard for 5-10 Terminal Clients, employing SBS 2008 Premium software.

Do I have to upgrade to SBS 2008 R2 Premium -  Is it a free upgrade ? How can I purchase SBS 2008R2 Premium upgrade and how much does it cost.



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Cliff GaliherCommented:
There is no such thing as SBS 2008 R2 (premium or otherwise.)  There are two products based on Windows Server 2008 R2 in the SBS line.

SBS 2011 Standard is much like SBS 2008 and SBS 2003 before it. It has the OS, comes with Exchange (2010 for SBS 2011 Standard) and a version of SharePoint (Foundation 2010 for SBS 2011.)

SBS 2011 Essentials is the first in the "Essentials" line. It is limited to 25 users instead of SBS Standard's 75. It does *not* come with Exchange or SharePoint, but instead was designed with the idea that you can add additional servers as needed *or* integrate with the cloud such as Office 365. It has a simplified dashboard for management, similar to other SBS versions.

With SBS 2011 (either one) there is no longer a "premium edition" as there was before. Instead there is a "premium add-on." As the name implies, it is an additional purchase on top of SBS. You don't buy "just" the add-on. You buy SBS Essentials or SBS Standard, and then if you want a second server license and SQL, you buy the premium add-on in addition. The Premium Add-On (PAO) can be added to an SBS 2011 Standard *or* SBS 2011 Essentials domain.

Regarding support, nothing has changed with SBS. The support window is based on the individual components. So for SBS 2008, the OS is Windows Server 2008 and Exchange is 2007. The OS team will stop mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 in 2015 and extended support in 2020. The Exchange team already stopped mainstream support in 2012 and extended support stops in 2017. So even though the OS team will provide security fixes through 2020, the Exchange team will not. If a security issue is exploited with Exchange, your server is at risk. As such, I would not run SBS 2008 past 2017 even though the OS team will continue to provide support for their component.

Similar logic applies to SBS 2002 (Server 2003 and Exchange 2003) and SBS 2011 Standard (Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010) and Microsoft fully documents their lifecycle dates here. They don't do it ad-hoc and the end dates are known well in advance.

Do you have to upgrade to SBS 2011? No. Is it a free upgrade? No. How can you purchase SBS 2011? Only through an OEM. Retail and Volume License sales were ended this last summer, as is normal when a new OS ships. Server 2012 is out, so SBS 2011 and 2008 sales are done through those channels, and OEM ends in only a couple months.

Pricing? Depends on the OEM. You will have to check with them if/when you choose to purchase new hardware and add SBS to that purchase.

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Dang88Technical SupportAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your quick response ?

There is a software called SBS 2008 R2 installed on my friend's site ?

But I am not sure of SBS 2008 R2 Premier, whether it does exist or not ?

One other question, do I have to purchase 2 sets of Office Volume licensing, one on the SBS Server and the other on the 2nd Server when using SBS 2008 Premier ?



Cliff GaliherCommented:
I suggest you look at your friend's site again (or have them check.)  They may be running SBS 2008 SP2, which is a *very* different thing from SBS 2011. Again, there is no SBS 2008 R2. Not at all.

You should not be installing Office on your SBS server. So if you are looking to install office on a terminal server, you will need to buy as many licenses for the terminal server as necessary to cover the number of devices that will be connecting to the terminal server. So if you will have 10 devices connecting to the terminal server, you must purchase 10 office licenses.
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