A company I know is currently run an SBS 2008 Server with 11 Workstations running WIndows 7.
The Server and Workstation are around 5 years old and they had a hard drive issue the other day. Thankfully, they are running Raid 5 over Three Hard drives so it is just a case of replacing the Hard Drive.
This, however, has got them thinking about replacing the Server. I have looked into the options and I think Windows Server 2012 Essentials would be the best bet. However, I realise it does not come with Exchange as SBS does.
I have mentioned using other alternatives like Office 365 but they don't see the subscription model as cost effective as a in-house Exchange Server especially when they have a Server already doing this work and could even be used for this purpose.
Forgetting the argument that they could just continue as they are with the SBS 2008 server, I would like to ask if it is possible to run SBS 2008 as just an Exchange server along side Server 2012 Essentials and, if so, how?
I know the "How" bit might be too long for an answer here but if anybody has any links to reference material on this or any further suggestions as the best way to go forward, I would be very grateful.