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Q in Upgrading From Server 2003.

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  • HI guys, we operate server 2003 with a mail exchange and 4 PCs.  It's time to upgrade so I'm doing my research as I'm not familiar with the server landscape.  A local PC shop said we should upgrade to server 2011 as it was the last server with exchange integrated into it; that Server 2012 doesn't come with a mail exchange and would be more expensive for us as an upgrade.  In surfing the web now, I've just seen Server 2013 Exchange is coming out, or has just been release, so I thought I'd ask some opinions here on which option might be better for us.  We're not interested in going cloud.  We prefer to keep our technology grounded with us.  Would appreciate anyone's thoughts.  Cheers.         
    Friday, April 04, 2014 6:36 AM

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  • In your case if would be very expensive to maintain 4 mailboxes with the server.  As for the upgrade you should be buying Server Operating license with users cals and also the exchange server cals. Its better  you should move to office 365 which has great bunch of features.  Like Lync,sharepoint,office app and exchange server built in with less cost and above all you dont require to make the administrate it.  To read more about office 365 read here.

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/business/what-is-office-365-for-business-FX102997580.aspx



    http://www.arabitpro.com

    Sunday, April 06, 2014 7:55 AM

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  • I would go to EX2010. painless..you can have 2 ex servers in the domain, ( dif name and IP) and move mailboxes from 03 to 10 without any trouble.

    Steven J Einhorn


    • Edited by Trapps Friday, April 04, 2014 3:41 PM
    Friday, April 04, 2014 3:40 PM
  • you shouldnt have your exch on a dc...not good idea

    Steven J Einhorn

    Friday, April 04, 2014 3:44 PM
  • In your case if would be very expensive to maintain 4 mailboxes with the server.  As for the upgrade you should be buying Server Operating license with users cals and also the exchange server cals. Its better  you should move to office 365 which has great bunch of features.  Like Lync,sharepoint,office app and exchange server built in with less cost and above all you dont require to make the administrate it.  To read more about office 365 read here.

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/business/what-is-office-365-for-business-FX102997580.aspx



    http://www.arabitpro.com

    Sunday, April 06, 2014 7:55 AM