Solved

Running SBS 2008 as an Exchange Server only along with Server 2012 Essentails

Posted on 2015-02-24
13
118 Views
Last Modified: 2015-02-25
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.
0
Comment
Question by:Markieboy1
  • 5
  • 4
  • 2
  • +1
13 Comments
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:Gaurav Singh
Comment Utility
What applications do you want to configure on Windows 2012 server?
0
 

Author Comment

by:Markieboy1
Comment Utility
Thanks for your reply.

The answer is the 2012 Server will essentially be a file and Domain server. Folder redirection and backup of the workstations, general shared company folders, the master computer for a network version of Sage Accounts and that's about it.
0
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:Gaurav Singh
Comment Utility
0
 
LVL 56

Expert Comment

by:Cliff Galiher
Comment Utility
You cannot do what you want. Essentials is the spiritual successor to SBS and, as such, has the same licensing restrictions. You cannot have two SBS servers, two essentials servers, or two servers running a combination of SBS and essentials on the same domain.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Markieboy1
Comment Utility
Thanks for your answers.

What you be your recommendation(s) to replace the old SBS 2008 Server if on-site Exchange email were required?
0
 
LVL 56

Accepted Solution

by:
Cliff Galiher earned 500 total points
Comment Utility
2012 R2 standard. That entitles you to two VMs on a single two-processor server. One VM with the essentials role. The second VM running exchange 2013.

So your shopping list is basically:

1 server capable of virtualization with no more than two processors.
1 2012 R2 server standard license
1 exchange 2013 license
Windows 2012 CALs
Exchange 2013 CALs
0
Why spend so long doing email signature updates?

Do you spend loads of your time carrying out email signature updates? Not very interesting are they? Don’t let signature updates get you down. Let Exclaimer Cloud - Signatures for Office 365 make managing email signatures a breeze.

 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:it_saige
Comment Utility
Agreed with Cliff.  Just ensure that on the physical server you install only the Hyper-V role.

-saige-
0
 

Author Comment

by:Markieboy1
Comment Utility
Thanks again for your help.

Is it possible to run Exchange on the Server 2012 standard edition or do you need to run separately on VM's / Servers.?

I haven't really touched the new Server OS's ( Since 2008 ) and all this Virtual stuff is new to me aswell!
0
 
LVL 56

Expert Comment

by:Cliff Galiher
Comment Utility
You can run exchange on a physical server, sure. But then you are talking two server standard licenses. One for the DC and one for exchange. And you'd need two physical servers as well. Basically a fair bit more expensive. Which is fine if you don't mind the cost, but based on your comments regarding O365 being too expensive, it seemed like you were looking for ways to keep costs down.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Markieboy1
Comment Utility
Cheers Cliff,

So it isn't possible just to install and run it on Server 2012 Standard - along with the other roles -  in much the same way as was available on SBS?

It has to be run on a totally separate server whether physical or Virtual?
0
 
LVL 56

Expert Comment

by:Cliff Galiher
Comment Utility
The web services provided by the exchange role and the autodiscover, OWA, and Outlook Anywhere web services provided by exchange do not coexist well together. Additionally, running exchange on *any* domain controller, even without the essentials stuff, is contrary to recommended topologies, and generally speaking, bad things do happen to those who ignore this recommendation. So, in short, no. It would be a very unwise thing to attempt.
0
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:it_saige
Comment Utility
Not true.  As Cliff pointed out earlier, Windows Server 2012 Essentials is the spiritual successor to Small Business Server.  You can definitely run this as a standalone server.

Edit: Clarification - Essentials is the spiritual successor, however it does not natively include email services (Microsoft's anticipation that system administrators and/or bean-counters would rather use O365).  

Microsoft does provide a TID for integrating an On-Premise (means second server) Exchange 2013 with Windows Server 2012 Essentials though.  This is why the push for using one Physical with 2 VM's.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200172.aspx

-saige-
0
 

Author Comment

by:Markieboy1
Comment Utility
Thanks for all your answers.

It certainly looks like Windows 2012 Standard and Exchange as a VM.

Now all I need to know is how to migrate it all from the SBS server but I think that is another question entirely.

Thanks again and the points go to Cliff as he came up with the original solution.

Thanks Again.
0

Featured Post

Wish Marketing would stop bothering you?

Is your marketing department constantly asking for new email signature updates? Are they requesting a different design for every department? Do they need yet another banner added? Don’t let it get you down! There is an easy way to manage all of these requests...

Join & Write a Comment

Restoring deleted objects in Active Directory has been a standard feature in Active Directory for many years, yet some admins may not know what is available.
Scam emails are a huge burden for many businesses. Spotting one is not always easy. Follow our tips to identify if an email you receive is a scam.
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how to use Windows Server Backup to create full image of their system. Tutorial shows how to install Windows Server Backup Feature on Windows 2012R2 and how to configure scheduled Bare Metal Recovery backup.…
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how to use Boot Corrector from Paragon Rescue Kit Free to identify and fix the boot problems of Windows 7/8/2012R2 etc. As an example is used Windows 2012R2 which lost its active partition flag (often happen…

771 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

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

16 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now