Can I load SQL 2008 Std on SBS 2003 R2 Std server?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Gary Drost, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. Gary Drost

    Gary Drost Guest

    I have a client with SBS 2003 R2 Standard that has an application that
    requires either SQL 2005 or SQL 2008. I have had them purchase an open
    license for SQL 2008 Standard and 10 CAL's so that I have the option of
    loading either SQL 2005 or SQL 2008.

    As such, I have couple of questions....

    Since the 3rd party app can use either version, which would be better for me
    to load on the server?

    Since the SBS Monitor and SBS Sharepoint are currently using the version of
    SQL that comes with the SBS 2003 server, will there be issues with installing
    the full version of SQL 2008 (or 2005) on the server? What do I need to
    watch out for?


    Gary Drost, Dec 15, 2008
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  2. I'd ask the 3rd-party vendor what they recommend.
    You can have different versions of SQL Server co-existing at the same
    time, running different instances.

    The SBS instances must *not* be upgraded.
    Steve Foster [SBS MVP], Dec 15, 2008
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  3. Gary Drost

    Gary Drost Guest


    Thanks so much for the information.

    As far as the 3rd party app, it doesn't really matter - it can work with
    either. With that said, I think I am inclined to use 2008 since it will have
    the longest lifespan.

    It is also good news that the SBS server can run 2008 along with what is
    currently there. I had hoped that I wouldn't be forced to upgrade the
    existing version of SQL.

    I will be installing this next so we will see what happens.

    Gary Drost, Dec 15, 2008
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