Which server version to buy?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Nick, Jun 26, 2004.

  1. Nick

    Nick Guest

    I took advantage of the free six-month trial on windows Server 2003.

    I am a Visual Basic developer/consultant and use this software at home
    mostly for learning purposes. I have my family's computers hooked up
    to it and barely use any of the features, though I do experiment a lot
    as time permits. Currently only regularly using group policy and
    active directory. Intend to learn VB .NET, which I recently

    Cost is a concern, but I would like to keep my little family domain
    set up -- currently five computers are attached. Which version of
    Windows Server would suffice for our modest needs?

    Need to find out and make a purchase soon because free trial will
    expire in 11 days.

    Thanks in advance.

    -- Nick
    Nick, Jun 26, 2004
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  2. Windows Server 2003 Standard is the lowest cost option that satisfies your
    needs to use Active Directory.



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    Mike Brannigan [MSFT], Jun 26, 2004
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  3. Hi Nick

    Have you considered an MSDN subscription?

    Since you're a developer, your use probably consists of "development, test
    and demonstration", which is the allowed usage of software acquired through

    If you went for an MSDN Professional subscription, you would get the OS
    platforms (including Windows Server 2003) as well as the Professional
    versions of Visual Studio .NET (and future versions as they are released).

    The Operating Systems level is cheaper, but you don't get the development

    Since you already have a license for Visual Basic, you would qualify for the
    upgrade pricing (estimated price $899 for MSDN Professional).

    See http://msdn.microsoft.com/

    For pricing,

    For details of what you get at each level,

    Hope this helps

    Oli Restorick [MVP], Jun 26, 2004
  4. Nick

    Nick Guest

    Thanks Mike.

    Anybody research the best price deals out there on Server 2003
    Standard? Best price I've seen so far is at buycheapsoftware.com and
    I don't even know if they're legit.

    -- Nick
    Nick, Jun 26, 2004
  5. Nick

    Nick Guest

    Hey, that's a great tip. I have never investigated that

    I'm a cheapskate, but may have been penny wise and pound foolish in
    this case.

    -- Nick
    Nick, Jun 26, 2004
  6. Nick

    clintonG Guest

    Microsoft Empower Program makes it possible for developers
    to acquire MSDN Universal Subscriptions for something like
    $375 but the developer is responsible to meet the requirements.

    You can also acquire the 'Microsoft Action Pack' quite inexpensively.

    I'm not exactly sure if Small Business Server 2003 supports the Active
    Directory but it too is a 'must evaluate' choice.

    Finally, last August 2003 Microsoft began selling SQL Server 2000
    Developers Edition for $49.00 which you should also look into.

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    clintonG, Jun 27, 2004
  7. Look very carefully at the requirements of the Empower Program.

    $375 is just the start.

    Good catch on Small Business Server 2003.

    Oli Restorick [MVP], Jun 27, 2004
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