Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:54 PM
Might be a dumb question but here goes.
I have a customer who has an elderly SBS 2003 network and is hosting an SQL database
application on the local SQL Server 2000 that was part of the SBS 2003.
He recognizes that it is long overdue for an update so is wanting to embark on an
SBS 2011 upgrade/migration whilst this is still available. He doesn't want cloud
e-mail so still want's on premise Exchange Server.
However... what he'd like to do is to purchase SBS 2011 Premium software package so that
he gets the second Server/SQL Server package...
..and he want's to install the second Server/SQL Server onto new server hardware first,
but install into his existing SBS 2003 network and get his database application
all checked out *before* undertaking the full migration to the SBS 2011 Server
on another new server hardware. Cost reasons, ie not being able to stretch to
the purchase of two new server hardwares at the same time also dictates this
direction along with being able to fallback to the SQL Server 2000 if needs be
if any issues arose with migrating the old SQL application over onto SQL Server
So, question.. is it possible to install the second Server/SQL Server part of the SBS 2011
Premium package into the old SBS 2003 network first without encountering any
installation block's or gotcha's before we embark on the full migration over to
SBS 2011 some months later on when funds will permit the purchase of another
new server hardware to host the SBS 2011 and testing of SQL database
application has completed sucessfully on SQL 2008 ?
Hope I made that clear :-)
- Edited by Stylax Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:56 PM
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 3:17 PM
I believe the SQL from the PAO requires that it see an SBS 2011 on the network before it will install so SBS 2003 will not work..
- Marked As Answer by Stylax Friday, March 22, 2013 10:01 AM
Thursday, March 21, 2013 9:27 AM
It is as Steve said, the installation of Windows Server 2008 R2 will be no problem but the SQL has a detection to see if it is attached to a SBS domain. The 2011 premium add-on can be used only with SBS 2008 and 2011.
- Marked As Answer by Stylax Friday, March 22, 2013 10:00 AM
Friday, March 22, 2013 10:00 AM
OK, many thanks guys, we'll not go down this route then..glad I checked first.