Solved

Windows Server and Exchange upgrade recommendation?

Posted on 2015-02-09
4
110 Views
Last Modified: 2015-02-12
We are a small Church with about 20 users.  I have finally gotten the OK to upgrade from Server and Exchange 2003.  Budget is tight.  I have just enough for OS upgrade and additional memory for the servers.  Currently we have two servers.  I am looking for advice as to which versions of Server and Exchange would be recommended.  Our users are on Windows 7 pro with Outlook 2010.  I would like to give their mobile devices access to  email as well.  A few users are working remotely via VPN when travelling.
0
Comment
Question by:1wwjdbro
4 Comments
 
LVL 53

Accepted Solution

by:
Will Szymkowski earned 167 total points
ID: 40598434
Typically, it is recommend to go with the latest version of Server and Exchange that is available. When you purchase licenses/CALS you are buying the latest version that is available. You can however these licenses are down gradable but when you are using the most recent version of OS and Exchange it has the longest life cycle.

Personally i would not implement a new infrastructure with older software. Go to the latest Server 2012R2 and Exchange 2013 CU8.

Also Exchange 2013 is designed to perform better on single server hardware, which will save on additional server/licensing costs.

Will.
0
 
LVL 3

Assisted Solution

by:Glingo
Glingo earned 167 total points
ID: 40598493
Agree with Will, just wanted to add: if you're nonprofit you can get some major cutdown for the licensing pricing from Microsoft, you should check out if you're eligible:

http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/nonprofits/whos-eligible/
0
 
LVL 36

Assisted Solution

by:Mahesh
Mahesh earned 166 total points
ID: 40598877
I would move all users (only 20) to Microsoft O365 account to online O365 MS subscription

No need to maintain separate AD and Exchange only for 20 users

This is best possible option I see as compared to maintaining on premise infra
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:1wwjdbro
ID: 40606988
Thanks for the help.
0

Featured Post

Simplifying Server Workload Migrations

This use case outlines the migration challenges that organizations face and how the Acronis AnyData Engine supports physical-to-physical (P2P), physical-to-virtual (P2V), virtual to physical (V2P), and cross-virtual (V2V) migration scenarios to address these challenges.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The way I use Experts Exchange to assist me in analyzing and diagnosing a problem is I first enter a Verbose Question at Experts Exchange like: Office 2007 will hang when opening and saving files I then launch WordPad (any text editor will do) an…
Citrix XenApp, Internet Explorer 11 set to Enterprise Mode and using central hosted sites.xml file.
This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another d…
Windows 8 comes with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from the new interface is a Start button and Start Menu. Many users do not like it, much preferring the interface of earlier versions — Windows 7, Windows X…

831 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question