Use the word "upgrade" carefully
Guy said in the comments.. “Our tape drive has run out of capacity (at 30 gb). We use the built in SBS 2003 backup system. We like to keep reasonably up to date so would upgrade to SBS 200(8) once available and stable. Does this mean that we should definitely replace the tape system with removable disks or is that still a “religious” question with half supporting tape and half supporting disk ? “
Guy.. you and everyone else needs to be real clear on this.. there is no “upgrade” from the 32bit world of SBS to Cougar’s 64bit SBS world. So when you use the word “upgrade” I want you to use that carefully. There is no inplace upgrade on a 64bit capable box running 32bit SBS 2003. One of the guys at the ITPro Conference this last weekend (that if you didn’t go, you missed out on meeting) is the “Migration” Program Manager. Notice I didn’t say “Upgrade” manager. He is tasked with “Migration” in Cougar. So set the expecations accordingly for the next version of SBS. But I’m actually looking forward to migration as we’ll get cleaner boxes as a result.
Next as far as that backup system, if a tape backup is working now.. leave it. If you want to do tape in the future, it will be third party software. And quite frankly, a lot of folks are wanting to do one backup AND another one… another one image based… or another one online…or whatever.
If I were in your shoes I’d do harddrives. And that’s not a religious argument.. just someone who knows a bunch of harddrives are cheaper.