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I'm helping a company put together a new office that will have 5-10 users. They'll need a domain controller, a small file/print server, a VPN server, and a terminal server. Exchange is being hosted off-site.

I'm use to working with 50 - 100 users and I usually go with Server 2008 Standard or Enterprise depending on the situation. I've never done a SBS implementation before and am wondering what all it entails?

Will SBS 2008 Standard be able to be used as a domain controller on one piece of hardware (that is also DNS and DHCP), a file/print server on another hardware, a RRAS server on another, and a Terminal Server on another server? (I'm thinking of trying to handle VPN on a firewall instead of a server).


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Yep that'll work. Server 2008 R2 Foundation may be a better fit (depends on how your setting it up). I'd definitely virtualize everything and separate the various function as best you can.

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So Foundation supports virtualization? I know nothing of Foundation either :) I like this idea. – drpcken Nov 16 '10 at 18:15
Whatever you do, make sure you back up Active Directory properly, and frequently. Rebuilding a domain is not fun, even if it is for just 10 users. – user3914 Nov 16 '10 at 18:18
Hyper-V Server is free and you can run just about any version of Windows on it; Foundation doesn't come with virtualization rights, Standard/Enterprise/DC do. – Chris S Nov 16 '10 at 18:20
+1. I was going to mention Foundation edition until I read your answer. – joeqwerty Nov 16 '10 at 22:18

As far as I know, you cannot have more than one SBS on a domain.

Plus, why use SBS if you don't need Exchange?

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Yes it should work just fine. I've used SBS 2003 in a 30 user environment with no problems.

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