Buying a better workstation [Advanced Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book excerpt]

Hello and welcome to my virtual book reading. I am the publisher and co-author of the Advanced SBS 2003 Best Practices – a book that many SBS MVPs contributed to and so on 🙂

So today’s passage comes from the hardware chapter – here you go!

Buying a Better Workstation

Relatively speaking, workstations have it easy. SBS accommodates up to 75 CALs, meaning that up to 75 workstations can be logged in to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 at any given time across a wide range of operating systems. Naturally, those clients aren’t usually responsible for the same information load that a server handles, and they don’t need the same beefy power redundancy, I/O subsystems, or manageability features of a server. However, this isn’t an invitation to skimp on those features. Processing power is cheaper than ever and I can guarantee that recycling old Pentium or Pentium II machines will cost more in lost productivity than it will save in initial investment. If you’re going to deploy SBS in an environment with mixed hardware—systems that span different generations of hardware and software—identify a cutoff point according to the recommended list that follows, and replace anything that falls below that benchmark.


Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation (

MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)

PS – did you know my Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is almost here? Yes!


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