SBS 2000 to SBS 2003 Premium Advice

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Robert Byrne, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. Robert Byrne

    Robert Byrne Guest

    Hello all,

    I've been using SBS2000 on two of my clients for 4 years now. I have one
    client with SBS2003 Standard and 3 with SBS2003 Premium editions. I think
    the SBS line is perfect for my clients and they've enjoyed the benefits for
    years. My two older clients are interested in upgrading to the SBS2003
    Premium Edition and adding a second Windows Server 2003 to server up their
    SQL2000 databases, taking the a little load off the SBS2003. However, both
    have RAID Arrays configured with small Boot partitions. Between the Swing
    Migration documentation I've read and the RAID reconfiguration, this seems
    to be a daunting task. But I'm interested in learning and would like to get
    started. Both servers have tape drives using veritas backup exec for sbs
    with consistant sucessful backups.

    Where should I begin?

    Will I need to purchase new licensing or will can I use the existing CALs?

    Robert
     
    Robert Byrne, Mar 1, 2006
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  2. - You can get the SBS version upgrade SKU, and you do need the "VUP" CALs.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/howtobuy/pricing.mspx

    - IMO, Swing is not daunting, it's just a lot of steps. I just finished my
    first one, SBS 2003 to new hardware, and it went very well. Jeff responds
    rapidly to support requests, so help is only an e-mail away.

    - It appears that if you buy SBS 2003 now under certain circumstances, you
    will get a technology guarantee to get R2 at no extra cost. Not sure this
    applies to Upgrade. It appears that R2 CALs will cover SQL on another
    server, although you'll still have to buy the server licenses (WS03 and
    SQL).

    - If you call the RAID controller mfr, you may find that you can increase
    the partition sizes without reconfiguring the RAID. Depending on the
    partition sizes you're dealing with and the general health of the servers,
    an in-place upgrade might be the least work of the various options. I often
    call support with RAID config questions since I'm likely to do it only once
    or twice and don't mind not becoming an expert on the procedure.
     
    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Mar 1, 2006
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  3. Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Mar 2, 2006
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