Windows Server 2003 vs. Small Business Server 2003?

Windows Server 2003 vs. Small Business Server 2003?

Post by R. » Mon, 01 Aug 2005 19:49:02

What is the difference between windows server 2003 and small business server

A search on MS returned:

Correct my if I'm wrong: SBS is a suite of software, Windows Server 2003
being one of the applications in the bundle. Right?



Windows Server 2003 vs. Small Business Server 2003?

Post by Vagabond S » Mon, 01 Aug 2005 23:41:07

Sort Of... Small Business Server must be setup as the ONLY domain
controller on the network and is limited to a maximum of 75 licensed users.
The Premium Edition of SBS comes with SQL Server and Sharepoint Services in
addition to Exchange Server.

Windows Server 2003 does not HAVE to be a domain controller. For example, I
have mine setup as a DHCP and DNS server, but not as a domain controller. I
could also grow my network

Since SBS must be the only domain controller in the network, there can never
be more than one instance of Small Business Server installed in the network.
However, I believe it is possible to install roles from the same instance of
SBS on different machines. For example, the main installation could be the
domain controller, but you could install Exhange Server, Internet
Information Services, and SQL Server all on different machines.

I hope that helps.



Windows Server 2003 vs. Small Business Server 2003?

Post by Giuseppe N » Tue, 02 Aug 2005 02:38:00

Hi R.
Your are right, anyway it is not completely exavt how you said.
SBS has several limitations: e.g. max 75 CAL, domain trust are not allows,
SBS must be only one domain controller, no child domain, only one DHCP per
forest, no terminal server in application sharing mode, no windows pop3
server and further else.
Giuseppe Nacci
Microsoft Certified System Engineer
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