View Full Version : Windows 2003 R2 Standard vs Windows 2000 SBS

09-12-2008, 02:52 PM
which one is more better suited for a fairly tech savvy family at home? The machine i will dedicate is a P4 2.8gHz, 2.5GB RAM 3 hard drives (40, 160, 200 GB) and a gigabit NIC. It used to be a ESX Virtual server, but what home needs 4 servers??

09-12-2008, 04:09 PM
What are you doing in a home setup that requires Windows Server at all??


09-12-2008, 04:22 PM
nothing really, its more cos i can.

09-12-2008, 04:47 PM
SBS will give you exchange mail server, share-point services and ISA!.....

However you could install ESX3i on it and then you can run both......

edit - you could try windows home server......

09-12-2008, 04:50 PM
i was part of the beta testing for WHS, and got rid of it in a flash. I used to use esx3i, but i thought it was overkill to hav like 6 servers

EDIT: I have exchange server 2007 somewhere, and ISA 2006, not that i have a urgent need for either of them

09-12-2008, 04:52 PM
Try SBS2008 then...very cool.....ish!

09-12-2008, 04:58 PM
was looking at that, though i dont have that kind of money

09-12-2008, 09:18 PM
I would go for 2003 R2 as Win2k SBS had lots of issues and wasn't very user friendly.
Just add a free mail server if you want to replace exchange.

09-12-2008, 09:42 PM
Fair enough. I already own SBS 2000, and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise / Windows 2003 R2 Standard. I was just seeing if its better to go sbs or "go it alone" with the regular versions of 2003