Windows Server upgrading questions???


  • I need to upgrade our current MS Windows SBS2008 to something bigger and better, (Window Server 2010/2012 or SBS2011?). Have new hardware in the box but am not sure which is the easiest and quickest way to go. Not sure if SBS2011 is best way to go as I don't really want to setup Exchange, IIS, File Server, and Internal Web site, (Web Server?) manually as I don't envision all that happening on a Saturday afternoon.

    What is the best way to upgrade our MS Windows SBS 2008 network to new hardware and a newer software, maybe MS Windows Server 2010 or 2012with Exchange Server, File Server, (Data Center?), Web Server and IIS or will SBS2011 setup as easily as SBS2008 did?

    Should I load the new hardware with the new software, add it to the network then DCPROMO it into the Primary role? (I understand SBS20XX doesn't like/do well with multiple servers...)

    Should I Load the new hardware with other system software, (Windows7 or 8) and then build VM server farm? This way I could also VM servers on other workstations for redundancy.

    Should I image the new hardware with the current SBS 2008 then Upgrade to Server 2010, Server 2012 or SBS2011? (Or maybe just move the hard drive to the new hardware - then upgrade?)

    The network is small, 1 Server acting as log-on, file and exchange server and 6 fixed workstations with a couple of Printers and a laptop now and then. Lots of image files and documents shared between the different workstations but not a lot bandwidth or CPU usage within the network.

    As a side note, exchange currently retrieves messages every fifteen minutes or so. This has been the focus of some frustration from time to time trying to keep the people on Outlook vice their 'personal' web email which updates much more quickly. Ideas?

    As we are a small business, not a lot of resources for IT, but the new hardware is here and still in the box, this is making the boss unhappy.

    Thursday, July 25, 2013 7:54 PM


All replies

  • Hi,

    Thanks for posting your question in the forum.

    Before going further, please understand that we do not have Windows Server 2010. Based on your description, maybe migrating the current SBS 2008 to the new hardware or to SBS 2011 or to the lasts Windows Server 2012 Essentials are all the optional choice. Regarding these three choice, I suggest we could try to refer to the following articles for detailed information.

    Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2008 to New Hardware

    Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2008 to Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

    Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    Hope this helps.


    Andy Qi

    Andy Qi
    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:01 AM
  • Microsoft will not release any future version upgrades for SBS and the latest one is SBS 2011 standard. Just to make sure you are aware and making the right upgrade choice for your future needs.

    Having said that WS2012 Essentials and WS2012 standard remain open as your choices. Please note essentials does not come with inbuilt exchange server app like SBS.


    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:40 AM
  • May I kindly say that I think you went about this backwards?  You buy hardware after you decide on the upgrade, not before.

    You need to decide first where email will go.  Your current setup is using the pop connector and the reason for the frustration.  You want email on premises or in the cloud?

    If on premises then SBS 2011 will be the most cost effective way to get on premises email.  If you want email in the cloud there are migration documents to get you to Essentials and then you push your email pst/ost files up to Office 365 or hosted Exchange.

    But first - answer the question - where do you want your email?  Here or there?

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    Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:55 AM