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SBS 2011 Essential with hosted Email & RDS

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I'm about to get a new server to replace current SBS2003.  Since we are seriously looking at Exchange Online from Microsoft, the SBS 2011 would only do file sharing, DHCP, DNS, WINS and print server.  We have another Server2003 for Terminal Services now and would really like to keep it as we have 32-bit applications that are important to our business (not sure if those will run on newer 64-bit OS).
My question:
1.  SBS2011-E seems adequate to do the server functions stated above or would I still need the Standard version because of terminal services or RDS?
2.  Can I still use the old 2003 terminal server with SBS2011-E?  If so, do I still need new CALS?
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Essentials will be fine as log as you won't be running RDS on essentials. It will pkay nice wig your existing terminal server.

CALs, however, are a little more complex. Your RDS CALs will cover your 2003 RDS access, but you also need server CALs. And since you are retiring SBS 2003, your SBS CALs are no longer valid. So you will need new windows server CALs.
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Thanks for your reply.  Since my post,  I have since found out that sbs2011 does not do dhcp but rather leaves it to the internet router.  Not sure I like that.  Now I'm thinking should I consider going to sbs standard or server 2008 or 2012.  Basically here are my req'mnts:

- dhcp, dns, wins, print server, file share
- internet
- retain old 2003 terminal server, (usable via VPN too)
- RWA or RDS ??? is this possible with the old TS
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Essentials *defaults* to DHCP being elsewhere (just like server standard and datacenter), but you can install the DHCP role on essentials and configure it yourself....just like server standard or datacenter. No reason to jump ship.
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thanks cgaliher
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