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Cloud SBS Server Questions

Hi all,

I have a small business client who is currently running emails off imap and dropbox for shares.

They want to migrate over to an SBS box so the users can login to the domian on the server and this can handle shares and emails through exchange.

Now there are two offices, each with about 5 staff members.

One idea is to lease a cloud sbs server from a uk service provider. My question is (as I have never done this before) would connections bre reliable? and how would you recommend backups be taken from it?

Finally any other pit falls (or advantages) would be greatfully received.
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flynny
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
If you are going in to the cloud, then everything is in the cloud.
It is just like having your own server, but in a data centre, so the connections will be more reliable. For backups, you can just one of the numerous cloud backup solutions for servers, which will be very quick as you have none of the upload problems of UK internet connections.

I have done, I have a number of servers working in that way.

This is a little old, but the principle is the same:
http://blog.sembee.co.uk/post/Case-Study-1-Three-Men-and-a-Little-Server.aspx

Simon.
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flynnyAuthor Commented:
Hi Simon.

Many thanks for your reply and the interesting article.

What would you recommend the max number of VM on this particular server be?

Does this affect cals? or would there still be the requirement of (in you example) 3 cals?

So effectively the users would simply boot up their machine and use RDP to login to the machine? did they express any issues with having to do this (other than logging onto a domain for example?)

Thanks in advance,

Matt.
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
You still need CALs. SBS 2011 comes with five CALs by default.
As for limits, that depends on the hardware - each instance of Windows 7 would need at least 2gb of RAM to move at a decent speed. Whether it is completely suitable is another matter - remember my example is for three people. If you were doing 10 or 15 then a full Terminal Server might be a better option.

Simon.
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