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  • SBS 2011 Premium Add-On RDS

    Hi guys,

    I have a few questions around the premium add-on for SBS 2011 as I have never installed it or played around with it.

    1. Is the premium add-on a whole nother operating system or is it additional features you install on an exisiting SBS 2011 Standard machine? (I have a feeling it's seperate but just to be sure)

    2. If I wanted to configure an SBS 2011 Std environment but also have a RDS server, would I need to install SBS 2011 Std for the domain and AD on 1 machine and install SBS 2011 Premium Addon on another machine and configure RDS there (where the SBS 2011 Premium Addon machine is a member of the sbs 2011 std domain)?

    3. If yes for question 2.. I understand that with purchasing the SBS 2011 Std and a premium add-on you get licenses for SBS 2011 Std, SBS 2011 Premium Addon OS and Server 2008 R2 (correct me if wrong). Is it then possible to install Server 2008 R2 on a machine with the license you get by purchasing the Premium addon and configuring it as a virtual server and running SBS 2011 std (for domain) and SBS 2011 premium addon (for RDS) on it as virtual machines?

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by gerdy; 2nd March 2012, 05:47.

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    Re: SBS 2011 Premium Add-On RDS

    Premium add-on is just another licence of Windows 2008 R2 server and the full version of SQL.
    That is it, nothing special about it other than the cost.

    The primary idea is that you install the second licence on a second server to run SQL on, although people are using it for various other things - such as Remote Desktop Services, with the SQL licence being used on the SBS server itself.

    All the same restrictions apply.
    Therefore if you wanted to use virtual technology, then you can use Windows 2008 R2 as the host, and then have the SBS and another Windows 2008 std as guests. The host can only do the virtual machine hosting though, it cannot do anything else.
    Personally in that scenario I prefer to use VMWARE, as I don't have to reboot it every month.

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      Re: SBS 2011 Premium Add-On RDS

      If you need TS/RDS then just buy another 2008 R2 server standard and the RD CALS. There is no benefit in buying the SBS add-on unless you need SQL for an LOB application. The regular server still alows you to use Hyper-V as the host in what is called 1+1 licensing (but it must be only the host!) and the other license as a VM with the Remote Desktop Server.
      Note to Sembee: If implemented as Hyper-V only, then Server 2008 R2 does not need a monthly reboot either. VMware needs you to dedicate a client to manage it! But both have thier advantages/disadvantages.
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        Re: SBS 2011 Premium Add-On RDS

        Originally posted by teiger View Post
        Note to Sembee: If implemented as Hyper-V only, then Server 2008 R2 does not need a monthly reboot either. VMware needs you to dedicate a client to manage it! But both have thier advantages/disadvantages.
        It is a Windows machine, which means it is still subject to patch Tuesday updates, which means it needs to be rebooted more frequently than my VMWARE systems.
        You do most management from one of the guests and just need another system to manage the host for setup etc. No great hardship - no worse than having to RDP across.

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          Re: SBS 2011 Premium Add-On RDS

          When was the last patch for either server core or hyper-V standalone?
          TIA

          Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP(2003-2009)]
          http://www.wintra.co.il/
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