[There's a reason that Yoda is the unofficial mascot of SBS.  Size indeed matters not.] A little clarity on the "R2" release - THE OFFICIAL BLOG OF THE SBS DIVA
Sun, Feb 19 2006 22:09 bradley

A little clarity on the "R2" release

When reading this post... just make sure you are aware of the following facts:

  • SBS 2003 R2 only gets Sharepoint SP2 from the "features" of R2. 
  • Windows 2003 R2 Standard can go on a member server in a SBS domain.
  • ADFS is only offered in the Enterprise version of Windows 2003 R2.
  • The first disk of the Windows 2003 R2 set is really Windows 2003 SP1 (even the guys on ActiveDir list had to get that clarified), it's the second disk of Windows 2003 R2 that will have the R2 Active directory features.  SBS 2003 R2 will not get this disk.

At my SMBTNFresno Partner group I discussed how a SBSized WSUS will be inside SBS R2 and how the rest of the Windows 2003 R2 features will not be included.  Many in the group were under the impression that the full Windows 2003 R2 would be included.  Just a heads up that it's not.

For the record folks.. R2 will be of interest for your new customers.. only those currnet customers insane enough to be on SA will be interested in R2.


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# re: A little clarity on the "R2" release

Monday, February 20, 2006 3:02 AM by Dave Stroulger

So what are the benefits for upgrading to SBS R2 ????

WSUS can already be used
The Exchange limits can be increased with SP2.
SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition seems to be a step backwards from the edition we have already.
Expanded client access license (CAL) rights are only going to appeal to a few companies

From what I can see, it looks like SBS R2 is going to be a tough sell to existing SBS 2003 companies. Or am I missing something ???