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I have a senario of SMB requiring a win2008 server, Apache web server, Sql database server, Exchange 2010. How many servers do I realistically have to get. 24 hosts with view to expand. And future interstate branches. Voip is a consideration also. VPN........ The site is 2 floors. No infrastructure. Can anyone help with equipment requirments.

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The most honest answer for you is “it depends”: Given that your site only supports 24 users, so far, then , for THAT site shold be no more than 1-2 servers: One for Your database, one for your web/email/DNS/applications.

For your VOIP, you COULD go the full-blown Unified Communications path. Since you only have 24 hosts, Cisco offers the UC500 series, which can scale up to 52 users, provide routing, switching, even wireless in one box.

For the deployment across two floors, it would work best to have a patch-panel and/or second access switch for your users to be cabled into.

Without more info, though, it’ll be hard to give an exact list of necessary equipment…

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  • Denny Cherry
    What do you mean by hosts?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Did u mean Ms volume licensing !
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  • Jasonjlewis
    Users Sorry..............
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  • ITAddict
    If you only have 24 users, I would look at the Small Business Server. It is an all-in-one Microsoft Server including Exchange. You can usually buy one pre-installed from the major Manufacturers and the license is a lot less expensive than a standard server. They are limited to 75 users. If you out grow it, your license can be converted to a standard server with no loss in investment. I have one with 30 users and have no performance issues at all. I do have a Barracuda Spam Filter appliance in front of it to stop the invalid user e-mails bombarding my domain. If you have a good service contract and hot swap drives with RAID, you should be OK. The only problem I had with the pre-installed software was the primary partition was not big enough to handle the data in the default configuration. I had to move the Exchange Db, and everything else to the secondary partition. If you do go that route, request a larger primary partition.
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  • Stevesz
    I'll agree with ITAddict, that you should look at the Small Business Server for your SMB. I have found that it fits small businesses very well. You'll need to go with the premium version that not only includes Exchange, but SQL server as well. You'll want to load as much RAM into it as you can safely afford, since both SQL and Exchange love RAM. Should you discover that you do need another server down the line, you can add a member server to the domain, but you cannot add any of the domain's operational roles to the member server. You really have not given us enough information to give you a full-hearted recommendation one way or another. If your organization is a heavy user of both e-mail and the database applications you have, then you may want to go with separate servers for Exchange and SQL. Sure, it would be more expensive, and more complex, but it will offer more bang for the buck, and fewer problems down the road.
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