Last Oct, MS implemented the start of the new plan. MS has emphasized the
bright side (marketing) that you "still have a change to take advantage of
upgrades at a lower price". This is the polite way to say MS is raising
Upgrade products basically don't exist anymore. Between no and July 31,
there may still be an in-product upgrade.
For you situation, I hate to say it, you have determined what your options
are. You must buy the .NET product from scratch, or you upgrade the SBS and
do the Migration Pack. Period. The Migration Pack is probably your best
As for the technical upgrade question. Buy whatever you need to buy, you
will be able to make the upgrade install. Either the media will install
without verifcation, or your SBS media will be requested. However, MS did
not require painful process to do W2K installs. You can do an inplace
upgrade as easily as a scratch install in most cases.
Ultimately, the option to do a BDC upgrade remains, but I don't believe you
will even need to do that if you prefer to upgrade the PDC.
Quote:> Currently running SBS 4.5 with 45 client licenses. Looking to purchase
new server hardware
> and upgrade to 2000 version products. Since user license is almost at 50,
I'd like to go to full
> versions of Windows 2000 Server and Exchange 2000 - don't currently use
ISA server, SQL
> or Fax.
> Microsoft Open Licensing is telling me I need to purchase all new licenses
from scratch which
> seems kind of crazy (and expensive).
> There seems to be a reasonably priced upgrade from SBS 4.5 to SBS 2000,
and then a
> Migration Pack to go to full versions of 2000. However, I really want to
do a clean install
> and not go through hoops to try and migrate everything over. Also, I
can't seem to find a
> part number or price on the Migration Pack anywhere..
> Anyone have any recommendations, licensing wise?
> Any pushes in the right direction would be appreciated. :)