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Wanted Microsoft exchange 2003 enterprise edition

Discussion in 'Sales and Swaps' started by Mikeyboy, Jun 13, 2011.

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  1. Mikeyboy

    Mikeyboy Kilobyte Poster

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    Anyone have an old copy of this around, having upgraded to 2007/10?

    Need to use it to upgrade our current 2003 standard environment, but it is proving REALLY difficult to get hold of a copy - just clutching at straws!

    Any takers please get in touch!! :eek:
     
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  2. Sparky
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    You can download the iso in Technet mate if you are just after the installation files. £160 for a subscription.
     
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    Hey,

    Thanks but I need this to actually upgrade our work production environment to Enterprise, I need a proper licensed version surely?

    Cheers
     
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  4. AJ

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    A quick Google gives a few store to buy it from.
     
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    Yeah, that is true. Thought you may have just lost the installation media.

    Not going for Exchange 2007\2010? :)
     
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  6. SimonD

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    Is there no downgrade rights on the 2010 edition? I am pretty sure there used to be.
     
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    I don't think so on the downgrade rights, although would love someone to show me otherwise... and yes obviously tried google first thing :twisted: but have looked in all those stores - even ones which show as having stock, I have been in touch and they can't get it...

    upgrade to 2007 is a bit over budget, would need a new server and a load of new CALs, and also someone to move all the data over to the new installation (that would be me)

    So opted for the easier, and cheaper, upgrade to 2003 Enterprise, as we are about to hit the 75GB limit! But unfortunately finding a copy I can actually buy is proving difficult... :dry
     
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  8. Theprof

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    75GB lucky you, we're over a terabyte! :rolleyes:
     
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  9. Phoenix
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    I don't think I have ever heard of someone going from 2003 Std to 2003 Enterpise, is it even supported? are you doing an inplace upgrade or a fresh build and a migration? i'd be keen to listen in on your progress
    I'd also like to point out that mainstream support for Exchange 2003 ended in 2009
    Extra CAL costs aside, you are looking at a hefty fee for extended support, and you will be getting no bug fixes, security patches, or anything else, i'd seriously consider the cost benefit of having to buy new cals, I have been doing nothing but Exchange 2010 migrations this year because of that fact, about 16 since December last year at last count
    picking up a Core CAL also covers you for 2008 AD and file servers, and a few other core apps, and as the majority of exchanges costs are in the CAL (the server standard edition runs under $1000 per instance) you are in pretty good shape at that point
    A lot of smaller corporations often overlook the cost and risks of actually not having support on a mission critical product, THAT cost is not to be scoffed at
    and yes you should be able to get rights for the older version of exchange, contact your local MS licensing specialist though they should have licensing reps who know their salt
     
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    Thanks Phoenix,
    I think it is quite a commonly done thing, upgrading standard to enterprise (at least it was!) under this exact same scenario, our public folder store has reached the 75gb limit and Enterprise doesnt have this limit. It is just an in place upgrade apparently..
    And yeah obviously it is no longer supported, so we are flying solo so to speak, we only have a couple of 2008 servers, all main infrastructure is 2003 so no point getting the core CAL suite really. It just comes down to a cost issue, we put together costs for both options and obviously 2010 was a lot more expensive and so unlikely to get the nod. We are also possibly going down the virtualisation route soon, so that might make it a bit easier to get signed off, perhaps if it was a cost we could toss in there somewhere. But as you say, the CALs are the real cost in there, and I dont understand enough about CAL licensing yet to know what we need 100%.

    When I enquired initially with our normal supplier about exchange 2003 Ent, was just told it wasn't available, any idea best way to find out if I can get 2003 Ent by buying 2010 and downgrading? I wouldn't know how to go about this, if I'm honest :)
     
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  11. Phoenix
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    woah you have 75GB of public folders? thats even worse lol
    they have been pretty depreciated since Exchange 2007 came out and are really just there for backward compatibility, they wont be supported much longer :)

    Try and find an actual MS licensing specialist, you should be able to search on pinpoint.com not sure if thats global or just US though
     
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