A suite is a suite

On January 12, 2010, in news, by

What do you get when you upgrade from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008?  What do you get when you downgrade from SBS 2008 to SBS 2003?  What happens when you buy SBS 2008 and you are already running SBS 2003?

A suite is a suite.

First off you can’t run SBS 2003 side by side with SBS 2008 for longer than 21 days… basically enough time for migration.  Once the migration is done, you must remove the SBS 2003.  That means if you have a Line of business app still on the SBS 2003 you can’t plan on leaving it there after the migration, you can’t plan on dcpromo’ing down the box.  The best you can do if you MUST leave that server as is, is to run the transition pack on the box making it not be a SBS anymore.

Next what do you get with downgrade rights of SBS 2008 premium?

You get SBS 2003 premium, nothing more and nothing less.  You don’t get downgrade rights to a normal Windows 2003 standard. http://blogs.msdn.com/mssmallbiz/archive/2008/10/15/9000514.aspx

Here is the answer: “No the downgrade is to SBS 2003 R2 Premium, which includes SQL 2005 Workgroup Edition. (not Windows Server 2003 + SQL 2005 rights) As such, you would not have the second Windows Server license right when downgrading to SBS 2003 R2.”

What do you get if you have SBS 2008 premium with software assurance?  Does it mean you get the right to have Windows 2008 R2?  No.  A suite is a suite.  Software assurance rights are only for the suite upgrade, not for the individual parts (1).

(1)  The exception to this upgrade/downgrade rule is the specifically negotiated rights to SQL.  Until June of 2010 when you buy SBS 2008 premium you get the choice to install SQL 2005 or 2008 in the 32 or 64 bit versions.  You can only install one version though, but if you need to downgrade to SQL 2005 for a line of business app you can.

(2) The exception to the second server is that you can opt to install the 32 bit versus the 64 bit, and downgrade that second server to Windows 2003 R2 (see http://blogs.msdn.com/mssmallbiz/archive/2008/12/04/9175436.aspx — keep in mind this downgrade right option is extended past December 2009 http://www.microsoft.com/sbs/en/us/faq.aspx#downgrade

Upgrade and downgrades are suite to a suite.


One Response to A suite is a suite

  1. Greg says:

    So if you are not using SQL server but need a Terminal Server you are better to buy SBS 2008 Standard and Windows 2008 separtely with SA.