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We are looking into getting a server as we currently have only a workgroup and over 30 users and 25 workstations.

We want to setup a domain so we can setup group policies for everyone without manually altering all computers. We would also like to install Word, Excel and a few other applications onto the server and then limit access depending on the user's access level.

Each user would have their own login and then I would split the users into permission levels.

If this is making sense so far, is it all achievable with Microsoft Small Business Server 2008, or do we need something more advanced?



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Are you looking to use it as a Terminal Server? – DanBig Sep 29 '10 at 13:53
If Terminal Services allow us to deploy software to each workstation, then yes. – dannymcc Sep 29 '10 at 13:56
No, you would use Group Policy and/or WSUS ( for deployment. – DanBig Sep 29 '10 at 14:01
So would we need to use it as a Terminal Server for roaming profiles? Sorry - I know these are basic questions. – dannymcc Sep 29 '10 at 14:08
No, you can use roaming profiles without TS. – DanBig Sep 29 '10 at 14:15
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Sounds like you would do just fine with either SBS, or Standard edition.

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Great, thank you for your help. – dannymcc Sep 29 '10 at 14:42
I'd go with Standard unless you need a specific feature in SBS. – Nate Sep 29 '10 at 17:12

If you don't need Exchange then just get 2008 R2 Standard.

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We're using Google Apps for our email so I think your spot on in your suggestion. 2008 R2 Standard it is! Thanks. – dannymcc Sep 29 '10 at 20:03

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