SBS Premium 2k3 VS Server 2003 Standard

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Cali Tech, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. Cali Tech

    Cali Tech Guest

    I am caught in a bind. Is there a chart that compares both flavors of software?
    I have standard installed because I was going to install Exchange 2007. I
    need to know if it is worth it or install SBS premium.
    I want to install the CRM 3.0 soon. Does that only work with SBS?
    Cali Tech, Nov 28, 2007
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    SBS Rocker Guest

    The only difference between Premium and Standard is Premium comes with ISA
    and SQL. They both come with full versions of Exchange 2003 as well as
    SBS Rocker, Nov 28, 2007
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  3. SBS Premium comes with Exchange 2003, so I guess the answer comes down to
    whether you need Exchange 2007, or if Exchange 2003 is good enough.

    CRM 3.0 comes in two editions; Professional and Small Business. The SB
    edition 1) only runs on SBS, and 2) has the same scalability limits as SBS
    (i.e. no more than 75 users). The Professional edition has no scalability
    limits on licensing.
    Fredrik Nyman, Nov 28, 2007
  4. You're asking an apples:eek:ranges question, though.
    With SBS, it's an all in one package - with Windows alone, you have to
    buy/install/license what you need. Unless you have a specific need for
    something E2007 supports, or are planning on deploying a network for a
    larger office than SBS would normally support (meaning - multiple servers
    for different roles, etc) and have a lot of experience with AD/Exchange, SBS
    may be a better fit for you.
    Depends entirely on your needs, skills, and your budget.
    E2007 runs on 64-bit hardware only, and that means W2003 x64.
    for more info.

    No, but I wouldn't install it on my Exchange server regardless. I'd put that
    on a member server. If you have W2003 Std (and not 64bit) you could use this
    server for CRM, in addition to your SBS box.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Nov 28, 2007
  5. Cali Tech

    Sergio Ricci Guest


    This URL shows a matrix of the differences between the standard and premium
    versions of Windows 2003 R2 Small Business Server:

    Only you can decide if it's worth installing premium (do your needs require
    the extra's that premium offers?).

    Having said that I don't think that you will be able to install Exchange
    2007 on any SBS version (standard or premium). There's lots of 'magic' that
    goes on behind the scenes to get all the products you get with SBS installed
    on one server and as far as I'm aware there's no upgrade path that will
    allow you to install Exchange 2007 onto SBS (not to mention that it would be
    a violation of the EULA).

    Turning to CRM 3.0, I am aware that there was an issue in installing CRM 3.0
    onto a box which had, from memory, SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition (which
    comes with Premium and not standard) but as of this post I don't know if the
    issue has been resolved. I believe (and again someone correct me if I'm
    wrong) that CRM 3.0 will work with older versions of SQL server (such as
    those that came with the first releases of Win 2K3 SBS Server Premium (they
    came with ISA Server 2000 instead of 2004 and with SQL 2000 Server Std.
    Unfortunately I don't think you can get that copy any more.

    Sergio Ricci, Nov 28, 2007
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    Greg Smith Guest

    With SBS 2003 STD if you loose your product Key Microsoft support cannot assist you see extract from rep reply to my request:

    ...., we cannot assist in providing Product Key replacements for SBS Standard 2003. We can only assist in obtaining Product Keys for SBS Premium 2003. Please advise your customer accordingly. He could try random characters excluding vowels (a,e,i,o,u,l) and no Zero?s to possible get the correct combination.

    Absolutely ridiculous!!
    Greg Smith, Oct 13, 2010
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