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Windows Server 2003 FAQ

Q. What is Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2?
A. Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 (SBS 2003 R2) is an upgrade release to the award-winning SBS 2003 product. It provides enhancements to the core product technologies integrated into SBS 2003 and adds new features to address the growing needs of small businesses. As with SBS 2003, the new release will be available in Standard and Premium Editions.

Q. What are the differences between the Standard and Premium Editions?
A. SBS 2003 R2 Standard Edition offers increased productivity and functionality with automated network-wide patch and update management, increased mailbox limits to 75 GB, and expanded client access license (CAL) rights. SBS 2003 R2 Premium Edition will include the features and functionality of SBS 2003 R2 Standard Edition in addition to providing improved database and firewall technologies, as well as tools for developing Web pages and Web server applications.

Q. What are the expanded CAL rights in SBS 2003 R2?
A. Customers running SBS 2003 R2 can use their CALs to access additional servers running Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition on the SBS 2003 R2 network.

Q. Why is SBS 2003 R2 a great purchase for my business?
A. SBS 2003 R2 is the ideal first server for new customers looking for a cost-effective solution, or as a product upgrade for existing customers seeking to upgrade or improve their competitive advantage. With new patch and update management, improved security and availability, and unique-to-SBS wizards and consoles, SBS 2003 R2 is the obvious choice for a high-value, low-cost IT solution.

Q. How many employees is SBS 2003 R2 suitable for? When would you recommend a more robust solution?
A. SBS 2003 R2 is targeted at businesses with up to 75 users or devices. When a business gets close to the upper limit of 75 users or devices, it’s time to consider moving to the standalone versions of the SBS product technologies: Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition, and SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition. These solutions will run on midsize hardware (four processors, 4 GB RAM for Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition) and are capable of intricate Active Directory configuration and management functions. If a customer has invested in SBS 2003 R2 and is at or near the 75-user or -device limit, consider investing in the SBS Transition Pack, which allows them to convert to standalone versions of the software and move to hardware that will scale with the workload.

Q. With Windows SBS 2003 R2, must all PCs have the latest version of Office?
A. Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is linked to the Microsoft Update Web service, so WSUS can only update operating system and application versions that are supported by Microsoft Update. The earliest versions supported are Windows 2000 Professional and Office XP, so it is definitely worth upgrading your desktops to WSUS-supported configurations. The optimal configuration would be desktop PCs running Windows XP SP2 and Office 2003. In addition, depending on what features you want to use with SBS 2003 R2, you will want to upgrade to the latest versions. If you want to take advantage of team workspaces, version control, or other SharePoint features, you must use Office 2003 or later. Note that SBS 2003 R2 comes with Outlook 2003, so your employees can already take advantage of a powerful e-mail application without requiring a desktop upgrade.

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