Differences between Server 2003, SBS etc.

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Pheasant Plucker®, Nov 28, 2004.

  1. Hi there,

    I have just purchased a new Dell PowerEdge twin Xeon server to replace an
    aging Acer Altos dual Pentium Pro server at home.

    The Acer ran NT4 Server reliably for years but I need to move on as I need a
    much faster machine and OS support for newer devices, software etc.

    I feel I am best served by Server 2003 but am very confused by which
    'flavour' of OS I need.

    I see references to Server 2003, Small Business Server 2003 Standard, Small
    Business Server 2003 Premium and even Windows Server 2003 for Small Business
    Server(?) etc.

    As all I really need to do is provide domain authentication, larger & faster
    storage capacity, fax serving capability & run a PCI card & software to
    handle 4 security cameras and act as a digital vcr for same.

    On top of that I would also like to utilise Exchange Server if at all

    I can see a comparison chart that details the differences between SBS
    Standard and Premium versions (but how does SBS compare to Server 2003 and
    why on earth would I consider Windows Server 2003 for SBS - is not SBS
    itself a Server OS?

    Is there not a concession upgrade price from NT4 Server to Server 2003?

    My guess is I would be best served (excuse the pun:) by SBS 2003 Standard
    but would prefer not to take an educated guess and miss out on something I
    may want to grow into at a later date.
    Pheasant Plucker®, Nov 28, 2004
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  2. There's no such thing on its own -it's part of the SBS bundle.
    Windows Server 2003 is just that - the server OS. Doesn't include any other
    MS stuff like Exchange, SQL, etc. You'd need to buy those separately.
    SBS is a bundle - includes Windows Server 2003 Standard, Exchange 2003
    Standard, etc., and more if you get Premium (ISA and SQL) It supports up to
    75 users. It's a good bargain.
    Not unless you have Software Assurance.
    SBS might be a good fit for you. Note that it has to be the first DC in the
    domain and hold the FSMO roles, and you can't "split off" components of it
    to another server (e.g., you can't install its Exchange components to
    another box).

    A good group for SBS2003: m.p.windows.server.sbs. Very helpful folks in
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Nov 28, 2004
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  3. Hi Lanwench,

    Thanks for the reply.

    So...if I get this right...I can buy Server 2003 which doesn't include
    Exchange Server etc. for a higher price than SBS Server which does include
    Exchange Server...and the only trade off is it all has to be installed on
    one computer as the only DC?

    Hmmm...difficult choice! ;^)

    Thanks again for the info.

    Kind regards,

    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    Pheasant Plucker®, Dec 4, 2004
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  5. Well, yeah, sorta. With 75 users max, no Exchange Enterprise, no trusts
    between domains, etc...
    I like SBS2003 quite a bit. I hated all previous incarnations.
    You're welcome - hope it helps.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Dec 7, 2004
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    Pheasant Plucker®, Dec 11, 2004
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