I saw a few questions floating around over the weekend regarding Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 and wanting to install the server components on multiple machines. Remember that just like Microsoft Office, SBS is a suite of products included in a single license. This license allows for the installation of those products onto a single device, not multiple.
So just like you cannot purchase a license of Microsoft Office and install Microsoft Word on one PC, Microsoft Excel on another PC, etc., the same holds true for SBS. If you purchase SBS Standard, you can install the Microsoft Windows Server Standard and Exchange Server Standard components included in SBS on a single server. If you purchase SBS Premium, you can install the Microsoft Windows Server Standard, Exchange Server Standard, SQL Server Workgroup Edition, and ISA Server components included in SBS on a single server. You cannot split the components and install them on multiple systems. If you have an SBS 2003 R2 Server license, you could use your SBS Extended CAL rights to access other server licenses you purchase for inclusion in the SBS domain.
You can find more information on these items at:
- Question #24 on “The 30 in 30” site
- Question #25 on “The 30 in 30” site
- SBS R2 Extended CAL rights. What does this mean?
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Microsoft US Senior Manager
Small Business Community Engagement
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