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Hyper-V and virtulization vs SBS 2011 Standard

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Hi experts,

I am at a crossroads of upgrading my server. Currently, I have a Dell PowerEdge 2900 which is just over four years old and paid for. It is running SBS 2008 Standard on a RAID 1, which is running out of space. It has five drives in a RAID 5, one of them a hot spare.

I just want some advice given I have a small business with only nine clients running Win 7 Pro. I have used SBS 2003 and 2008, so I am rather familiar with them. So, without getting into purchasing a new Dell server, I am trying to decide between SBS 2011 Standard, which, of course, comes with SharePoint and Exchange or using Server 2012 and hyper-v with virtualization. My guess is if I went with the latter, I would probably hire an IT company to set it up as I have never installed that before.

What would be the advantage of virtualization, which I know how many, vs sticking with something that has worked for me for seven years. If I do get a new server, I am toying with the idea of using SSDs for the OS, but I am wondering if they are ready for prime time.

Again, I don't expect you to be able to know what I need, I am just wondering given Microsoft's choice to stop SBS and everything moving toward virtualization, where I should go.

Thanks.

Bert
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If you aren't going to get a new server then you choice is simple. SBS has already been pulled from volume licensing and retail, and is only available with new hardware. And THAT ends in less than two months.

I personally would go with 2012 and virtualizing, but if you want exchange on premises, there is some sticker shock as the cost will be higher than you are probably used to with SBS.
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Thanks cgaliiher,

I appreciate your help again. I have all of the software needed except the Hyper-V. Not sure what that would entail.
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2012 (and 2012 R2) standard has everything you need to virtualized. The role can be enabled, and the license include rights to install again twice as guests. You will also need CALs.
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With the availability of Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 Standard, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 Foundation, and Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup are now in grace period. The grace period will end on October 31, 2014. This 12 month grace period is intended to provide your organization time to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 from Windows Server 2012. During this grace period, the total combined number of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 licenses in production may not exceed your total Windows Server 2012 R2 license entitlement granted through the program. If your organization requires Windows Server 2012 licenses after October 2014, the licenses will need to be acquired through the appropriate channel.

Will this allow me to have CALS?
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I hope it is OK to simply ask for advice instead of a specific question. Please let me know if I am not asking a proper question. I just don't know much about virtualization other than VMWare.
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Nothing in that paragraph indicates that you will get CALs. You will want to refer to your program's benefits to see if CALs are included with your program.
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Thanks. I doubt it would be an issue. I would likely have to call Microsoft. Can you give me the benefit of Hyper-V and virtualization? Is it safer. Can I simply go back like a system restore? Why do I need Hyper-V?

I am very familiar with the rules of EE, so if these are questions I should Google I will. I simply trust the EE experts judgment better than Google, plus Google doesn't know my issues.

Thanks.
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There are a myriad of benefits to virtualizing and answering that particular question can turn into a small book, i'd definitely Google it. And maybe even pick up a book on hyper-v from amazon.
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Thanks. And, hire an IT professional (not the IT guy down the road -- lol) to help me with it. Clearly, I am not at that level. But, reading about it to see its benefits would be helpful.

Thanks. I have a subscription to Train  Signal. Do they have any classes there. Obviously, I could look. Stupid question.
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