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What version of Server do I need?

By barrys ·
Good grief, could Microsoft make this any MORE painful?! I have a small company (under 20 people) that will be expanding to a remote office within a year. I anticipate my total number of employees to be always less than 100, but in various cities. Iam looking to install a server at our main office. I need this server to be able to run Exchange and for Exchange to be able to be accessed to share schedules and contacts at our future branch offices. I am purchasing now for the main office only, but I need to be sure that the new servers (both Exchange and 2000) can be connected to the new offices. All offices will need to access the same files, schedules, etc. SO....do I need Win2k Sever, Advanced Server, or Datacenter? Will I need Exchange Server or Exchange Server Enterprise Edition? By the way, all of my clients will be tied tightly to the Gates Stronghold....(Win2k Pro, Office 2000, Outlook, etc,)I am more that happy to learn how to implement the stuff once I get it, but can ANYONE tell me where to start. I'm looking for information that is multi-folded. First, what do I need software-wise? Second, Why do I need it? Third, why don't I need the others. Thank you in advance.

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by paladin46 In reply to What version of Server do ...

I would sugeest Windows 2000 Server for the number of users you are anticipating. Advanced Server and Datacenter would be overkill unless you expecting a huge rate of expansion in the near future. You should set up one box as the Exchange server and one as the logon server. Anything past that would really depend on your preferences. That should be enough to get you started though.

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by barrys In reply to What version of Server do ...

I had gathered this much from the Microsoft site. As stated, the expansion will max out at 100. What Preferences will affect my choice?

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by paladin46 In reply to What version of Server do ...

Oh, and Exchange Server 5.5 should do the trick nicely. Enterprise addition, much like Advanced Server and Datacenter would be more than necessary.

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by barrys In reply to What version of Server do ...

Again, why is it more than necessary? Is the ONLY difference the number of users? That is not the impression I got from the Microsoft Site. Thanks anyhow.

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by saihib In reply to What version of Server do ...

The only difference between win2k server, advanced server and datacenter is their ability to run with multiple cpus. Since you never expect to have more than 100 employees it's highly unlikely that you'll be needing a machine that has 32 cpus. Whichis what datacenter can support. You also don't need an enterprise version of exchange considering the number of users.

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by barrys In reply to What version of Server do ...

This was closer to the type of information I am looking for, but not quite. I get from your answer that the only difference in the 2000 server line is the number of processors. What about clustering? What DOES enterprise get me then? The Microsoft site suggests more than just additional users.

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by McKayTech In reply to What version of Server do ...

My current recommendation would be Exchange v5.5 SP3 running on W2K Server SP1. The basic server product has everything you'll potentially need (VPN support, number of users, etc.) based on the scenario you presented.

Advanced Server adds support for clustering and load balancing and neither one would be useful in your environment. Datacenter Edition will only be available on hugely expensive hardware and is really designed for, well, data centers.

Exchange v5.5 SP3 is an excellent and stable product that will accomplish everything you have said you need to do and it runs quite nicely on the Windows2000 Server platform. Exchange2000 has some additional features that may be useful in the future, but I'm always a little shy about newly-released products.

The Enterprise version of Exchange adds cluster support, an unlimited database size, and a few interfaces to legacy mail systems. None of those should be necessary for your application.

Hope this gets you started... please write with any additional questions.

regards!

paul

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by barrys In reply to What version of Server do ...

This answer addresses each of my concerns. Of course it sparks new questions too, so I may follow up with you if you don't mind. This answer helps me because it tells me specifically what the "bigger" servers can do for me and lets me determine if in fact I need those options.

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