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Recommendations for Small Business setup

We have been progressively been moving software to cloud hosted services (Office 365, Applications) from a Small Business Server 2008. The Server is now only serving files and printers in addition to Active Directory Users and Computers, Group Policy, DNS, DHCP.

What is the next step as far as moving services so that we can retire and replace the current hardware? I have a NAS that can take care of storage, but really like having a domain controller and all services it includes.
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Managing Director
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How many users ?
If less than 25
Replace sbs with server 2012 essentials
Intergates well with office 365
And will provide all the functionality you require (except if you use SQL server)
More than 25 users you will need server 2012 standard edition but that will require user cals
Cris HannaSr IT Support Engineer

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Or you could move to Azure which can provide AD services as well.

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Thanks cpmcomputers and Cris.

I will see what anyone else has to say with some recommendations ..... what about hardware suggestions? I normally go with Dell T320, T420 range but interested if you have other better alternatives.
cpmcomputersManaging Director

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Again depends on how many users ?
Amount of data etc

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@Cris - I have small experience with Azure through Office 365 and using DirSync back to on site AD. Do you have any reference material that would help me get my head around what this might look like for a customer who is looking to reduce their Server footprint as much as possible?
Cris HannaSr IT Support Engineer
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Here is a link to a great overview of what Azure Active Directory is all about
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/active-directory-whatis/

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Thank you all for your input/recommendations.