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SBS2008 remove exchange is it possible?

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Have a SBS2008 with close to 60 users with allot of email. Performance is taking a hit, question is it possible, and worth it to remove exchange from SBS2008 and run in a stand-alone environment?

I would like to remove exchange (if possible) first to increase performance then plan B is remove SBS and go with a 2012 server.

EE thought - thank you.
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...or, is it possible to add an exchange server for load balancing.

Looking to increase exchange performance.
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by:Korbus
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Doesn't SBS 2008 provide you with a seperate windows license, just to run exchange on a seperate machine?  (Or am I gettin my versions confused...)

Pretty sure you cannot have an exchange cluster with SBS.
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Cliff Galiher earned 250 total points
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You cannot separate out the various SBS components. You can uninstall exchange, but that breaks most of the SBS wizards. And you can't move exchange to another server at all.
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Thanks Cliff, time to buy two new servers and break exchange out on it's own.
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You could leave Exchange on the server, deploy a new Exchange server.
Then use the wizards to create the user, then move them to the new server.

However at 60 users you are hitting the limits of SBS. While it is designed for 75 users, in reality about 30 is the limit. Therefore splitting out the roles to separate machines (two DCs and a domain controller) is probably your best option.

The second Windows licence mentioned above is with Premium add-on and is designed to host an SQL server installation.

Simon.
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Thanks everyone, I'm going to open a new thread on recommendations for splitting out a SBS2008, the budget has changed (in a good way) don't want to blow it out but not hold back so there are no performance issues.  It's time to retire SBS2008 and move forward with new equipment with growth and performance in mind, virtualize or not? Please look for the thread appreciate your input.
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