Windows Server 2008 upgrade options?
Posted on 2013-11-26
Experts, I pre-empt this support request by saying that I have NEVER installed and set up an Exchange server before (though, I have managed one) and so am feeling a little daunted by the possible task ahead of doing so. However, let me not get ahead of myself... my question:
A client who currently has a Windows Server 2008 setup is wanting to jettison their existing (non-exchange) POP3 email service through a local, Australian provider (Telstra/ Bigpond). I floated looking at Google Business Apps & Zimbra, both of which I've had much experience in setting up, but they weren't interested as they wanted to pay everything upfront and not have any ongoing (and often increasing) costs for emails, increased email usage, etc.
They have asked that I install MS Exchange onto their existing MS Server 2008, however I'm not sure what options I have available to me.
Is it possible to purchase just the Exchange component and install it into Server 2008? If so, I'd presumably have to find Exchange for Server 2008, or would Exchange for Server 2012 work (I can't imagine it would, but it can't hurt to ask)?
Failing all that, do I just need to get them to bite the bullet and upgrade their Server 2008 to Server 2012 with Exchange?
Any and all constructive suggestions welcome... thanks in advance...