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Small Business Server STD 2011 - What do we do now?

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  • We are a small business with a Small Business Server STD 2011. We have had this since 2011 and it is still working fine. We host our emails on here as well as our intranet. We would normally plan for a 10 year life cycle.

    Unfortunately, we now need a bit more space on the server, so would like to upgrade, a bit earlier. 

    This cost around £3000 inc VAT for all hardware and software when we first bought this.  But over the past 7 years it has cost us around £35 per month. (Over 10 years - £25 per month) That's for the server, intranet and emails. Its still a lot for a small business, especially one that does most of its business over the counter or phone! 

    But we are now being told Microsoft are not offering an upgraded version. Is this true? Is there anyone else then filling this gap? BTW, I have been trying to get through to someone at Microsoft since Thursday and must have been passed through every department going! Customer Service is not their strong point! 

    A business in a rural location, we need access to diagrams and drawings irrespective of internet access. Cloud is maybe ok in some situations but at the moment, its not right for us. Especially at this current price of £3 per mailbox per month, and since Microsoft are not going to improve our internet, its a no go. We cannot afford down time when machines are leaking chemicals because we cannot get onto the cloud. 

    On top of that, a new server (with lots of space inc hard drives etc) just for intranet is around £3000 and that's without email hosting. Add emails at £3 per month per mailbox - £360 per year. I haven't yet been quoted for hosting all our files. 

    10 years of email hosting is £3600 + £3000 for a server. - £6600 - or £55 per month.

    That's over double. There is reduced flexibility with the cloud, if you are not on nice and quick internet. 

    Please can someone help me find a solution or give me a pointer of where to go next.

    Thanks in advance.

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018 5:06 PM

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  • hi,

    But from price and other factors, the cloud is not the best choice for small businesses.

    We can compare all the costs between off-promise(cloud) and on-promise(non cloud)

    1 But we are now being told Microsoft are not offering an upgraded version. Is this true?
    you can migration SBS2011 to windows sever 2016 essentials or windows server 2019 essentials. But you can not upgrade from SBS2011 to windows sever 2016 essentials or windows server 2019 essentials directly on the same server.You need to prepare a new server for migration .You need to consider the cost of the one new server.
    2 We can not install exchange  on server essentials 2016 or server essentials 2019.If you want to use server essentials  2016 or server essentials 2019,you need another server for your exchange server or integrate with O365  to new version server essentials.You need to consider the cost of the one new server or integrate with O365 cost.
    Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 Essentials
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/0b3cd6c6-0aac-41d4-b3eb-4ec0163d24b0/exchange-server-2016-on-windows-server-2016-essentials?forum=Exch2016SD
    Integrate an On-Premises Exchange Server with Windows Server Essentials
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-essentials/manage/integrate-an-on-premises-exchange-server-with-windows-server-essentials


    windows server essentials 2016 price $559 and server 2016 standard $1389
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/collections/serveranditsoftware/pc?icid=L3_Nav_Store_SMB_ServersIT_101415

    Pricing and licensing for Windows Server 2019 $501
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/windows-server-pricing

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    Wednesday, November 14, 2018 11:01 AM
  • The cheapest way to migrate to an environment that includes Exchange Server 2016 on-premise is to use the free Hyper-V host server and create two Virtual machines, one for the new Domain Controller and files server and one for Exchange Server. You can download Hyper-V Server 2016 from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-hyper-v-server-2016.

    A server for £3000 does not run those loads. It will be at least twice the price if not more. BTW, the cost you quote for the old SBS 2011 is without maintenance. If you add that to your math it will be much more expensive.

    Anyway, cost is always an issue but the free Hyper-V host makes it a bit easier for you I hope. If you don't have more then 25 users you can still use Windows Server Essentials 2016 at a low price, it is about £500.


    Mariëtte Knap
    www.server-essentials.com | Linkedin | Migrations done the easy way | Updated migration guide: Migrate SBS 2011 to Windows Server 2016 Essentials

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    Friday, November 16, 2018 6:46 PM
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