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We're a a small company. 10 People Internal and 3 External.

Till now Have been running Exchange 2003, but time to upgrade. Liked how easy assigning new users to a group with pre-defined permissions was once AD was setup.

Question: Exchange 2010 or SBS 2011. Problem is the price between the 2 are not that different so not sure which would be better for us. 3 quotes from companies and all different.

Win 7 and Office 2010 Environment.


  • Manage Emails from internal Server (Workstations use Outlook)
  • Basic AD Rules (Access Certain Folder and NOT see others)
    • Will be moving Storage to NAS Based Server
  • Access Email from Web
  • Ability for Cloud Based Backup (not Microsoft, but 3rd Party like Carbonite)


  • Sync with Smart Phones (Mostly Android)
  • Easy to find Support Staff (Our IT consultant found a new job, and finding someone capable of updating the server has been painful since many are scared of or don't know AD.)

Please help with some feedback.


After reading more, found that Remote Access is not the same as Remote Desktop so I guess I will need SBS 2011 with Premium Addon?

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Your question is very vague. Please have a look at the FAQ and try to improve your question. SBS 2011 = Windows with "integrated" Exchange. In the end, you get the same features you list with both products, without the ability for additional servers / fault tolerance and stuff like that on SBS. – MichelZ Jul 4 '12 at 15:40
And that is where I get confused. Both look to give me what I need, but I feel that SBS might be a little more bloated with features I will NOT need. – pcasa Jul 5 '12 at 12:27

I personally prefer full installs (Exchange 2010).

There are many reasons for that but the main reason is SBS has quite a few restrictions and it is a lot more resource intensive than a full install of exchange on a server 2008 r2 server.

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Does Exchange 2010 offer Remote Desktop Logins? – pcasa Jul 5 '12 at 12:28
Can you explain a little more on what you want? Yes the windows server does let a user remote in to manage it? – Aceth Jul 5 '12 at 13:10
Basic AD where people cannot install software and only access certain file folders from a NAS. Internal email with Exchange. Access email via browser for external staff. Owner and 1 staff member needs Remote Desktop to access there computer from home. – pcasa Jul 8 '12 at 13:39
hmm I'd avoid giving them remote access to a server! .. they will break it! most of what you need can be achieved via Group policy .. why not just let them RDP into their workstations? – Aceth Jul 12 '12 at 2:05
Sorry, yes that is what I meant by Remote Access. The 2 need RDP to their computers. – pcasa Jul 14 '12 at 10:42

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