SBS 2003 R2 benefits

Do More With Less!

Does it sound familiar.. ?  

Yes with SBS 2003 R2 you can achieve Do More With Less.  If you have network of less than 75 users/devices without a server then you must go for SBS2003 R2. In a peer to network none of devices are managed properly and IT admin run from one place to another to support the end-users on the network. This type of network has many printers and each time face different printing issues.  This type of network makes the IT admin to do the same job many time i.e. repetition.

This type of network there is not centralized management for User Accounts, for the Data and thus no Backup. SBS 2003 R2 gives you more than that and makes the IT admin job a lot easier.

What does a SBS 2003 R2 gives you

Secure Internet connectivity
Business intranets
Remote connectivity
Support for Windows Mobile®-based devices
File and printer sharing
Back up and restore capabilities
Patch Management (Windows Software Update Services)

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SBS 2003 R2 limitations

Maximum supports up to 75 users/devices

Should be installed as a DC

Can’t be more than one DC in the same network

Since single DC on a single hardware, can’t have secondary domain

Since SBS 2003 R2 is designed for small networks 5-75 users/device. SBS is best suited for small business where the network is peer to peer.

You can’t do load balancing or cluster using a SBS 2003 R2 since these features do not come under a small business network. A small business network is mostly a few numbers of PCs (5-75) without a server.

Since the SBS 2003 R2 is for small business network where the business data is not used for online transaction or if there is a downtime it wouldn’t affect the business. So SBS 2003 R2 there is no need to have the features such as such as clustering and load balancing and you can’t have another DC in the same SBS 2003 R2 DC.

SBS RWW versus Terminal Services

SBS Remote Web Workplace are entirely different from Terminal Services. A SBS 2003 R3 can’t be a Terminal Server, thus you need to use RWW if you want to access your server / desktop remotely. Unlike Terminal Services you can more than 2 remote sessions using RWW and again Terminal Service and RWW are two different things an SBS can’t be a Terminal Server, so no confusion.

So if you want to run LOB (line of business) applications on a terminal server then you can add one windows server in a SBS domain as a Terminal server and let the user use the application on that server.

So you got the answer clearly  — cheer up now 🙂

SBS Licensing

SBS comes by default 5 CALs which can be use either devices CALs or User CALs. There is no need to buy the CALs for the included product such as exchange and SQL because these CALs are bundled for the products included in the SBS 2003 R2 (standard or premium). If a network outgrows to more than 75 users/devices then it can be upgraded using a Transition Pack without loosing your previous invent on SBS2003 R2.

In a case of a bundled hardware from HP/Dell you can have SBS2003 R2 OEM version. A OEM version can’t be transferred to another hardware so it must die with the existing hardware as per Microsoft licensing policy.

On the other way around you can go for an open license for SBS2003 R2 then you will have the option to transfer it from one to another.

Same licensing applies for most of the products.

Always buy the software from registered partners and consultants to make the right investment of software.

Something about backup.

Since SBS2003 R2 is a single server installation then there is always a risk of hardware failure which can be very painful. So there is a need to avoid such failure and loss of data, thus we need a backup plan and a schedule to achieve minimum loss of data. Normally for a small business network it can be done either on separate HDD on the same server or taking the backup on tape drives/DLTs. If you plan for DLTs then you better not to forget another HDD (cost very y less) which will give you faster Restore.

Do make sure your backup works fine by restoring because we the BACKUP to be RESTORED when it is needed. SBS2003 R2 comes with a backup utility where you can mention the source of backup media and the schedule as you’d like to prefer. You can also do the backup of open file if Volume Shadows Copy is enabled.

So again SBS2003 R2 is the best suitable product for any business ranging from 5-75 users/devices on a network. SBS Rocks J   .