Trialing SBS2003 Premium on current SBS2003 Std

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Alan, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. Alan

    Alan Guest


    We are a bunch of happy users for SBS2003 Standard package but are looking
    into potentially upgrading to the Premium version.

    We have arranged for a evaluation of SBS2003 Premium from microsoft and have
    today received a pack of 6 CDs!

    I understand the last CD (CD 6) is for installation of the premium version.

    The question is: Will any potential conflicts occur if we install the trial
    for the premium version over our current SBS2003 std box on 3 sets of
    1) Clash our systems the moment we install it
    2) If we decide to keep the premium after evaluting it, i assume we just
    need to buy the license key
    3) If we decide not to keep the premium after evaluating it, we just need to

    any advice will be greatly appreciated.


    Alan, Mar 10, 2006
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  2. Alan

    Alan Guest

    Anyone can help with this?

    Alan, Mar 10, 2006
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  3. Show some patience Alan :) we are all volunteers here
    Can you do it...sure, then you would have to re-install all the premium
    stuff with a valid product key before the trial is up
    Would I? No...just not worth, the potential hassles of having production
    software and trial software for the same product on the box
    Cris Hanna \(SBS-MVP\), Mar 10, 2006
  4. The trial version of SQL will not upgrade over your Sharepoint. So the
    only 'trial' you'll get is ISA.

    What are you wanting out of this trial?
    Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP], Mar 10, 2006
  5. There's no way to run a trial over top of a production install. You'd need a
    seperate test bed for this.

    You already have SBS, you should be able to determine whether you need ISA
    and/or SQL without installing them. If you this stuff, purchase the upgrade
    to premium. If you don't, don't.
    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP], Mar 10, 2006
  6. Alan

    Alan Guest


    we will like to trial out microsoft CRM which required MS SQL in order for
    it to work.

    however, without knowing whether microsoft CRM is the right product for us,
    we do not want to invest in Premium edition for the microsoft SQL, which we
    may not require it if we find Microsoft CRM unsuitable.

    any other suggestions, such as simply downloading a MS SQL trial? and if we
    like Microsoft CRM, can uninstall MS SQL and simply buy an upgrade pack from
    sbs2003 to sbs2003 premium.

    any advice will be greatly appreciated


    Alan, Mar 10, 2006
  7. Hi Alan,

    You really can't run a trial of this magnitude on your production network,
    unless you're prepared for the possiblility that you'll have to re-install
    everything from scratch.

    If you have the facilities and the knowledge to save images and get them
    restored quickly - then I guess you could give it a shot. But then again, if
    you were such a shop you'd have a test bed to run it on.

    It's not a good idea for businesses to put themselves at risk this way. SQL
    isn't a big deal - but CRM is a big deal. There's no way I'd put it on a
    production system as a 'trial'.

    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP]
    SBS Rocks !
    "Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll
    understand." - Confucius

    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP], Mar 10, 2006
  8. Alan

    Alan Guest

    hi les,

    thanks for the great information.

    i think we have decided to opt for the premium upgrade from our sbs2003 std.

    we have being shopping around and we was quoted an upgrade software without
    CAL is £995!

    however, we was searching in ebay and find that we can buy the whole SBS2003
    Premium plus 5 CAL for about £500!

    Although the SBS2003 is redundant for us, it is still alot cheaper than
    opting for just an upgrade.

    Can we buy something like these?

    many thanks


    Alan, Mar 11, 2006
  9. Hi Alan,

    If the software is legal and you like the price - sure - you can purchase
    it. Going from SBS standard to premium isn't much of a risk to a production
    network, and wouldn't be considered a 'trial' when using licensed software.

    Installing CRM on an SBS is however something that shouldn't be taken
    lightly - if it's a production network I'd recommend an ITPro experienced
    with CRM and SBS. Additionally, CRM isn't an out-of-the-box implementation,
    it requires configuration based on your business needs and is a process,
    after installation.

    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP]
    SBS Rocks !
    "Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll
    understand." - Confucius

    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP], Mar 11, 2006
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