Greywolfe: Problems started as soon as we installed BES (then, 4.0 HF2) to the present. Got worse as we added users. And we already have SQL 2000a.
Jibi: They have a SQL2000 server that only runs an accounting package. Nowhere near as robust a server as the one BES is on, but it's not close to being stressed, either. Plenty left over for BES. But they've been very clear that they don't want any other software touching their accounting server. I've presented that approach several times, including when we were planning the BES install, and been shot down every time. As a result, they have MSDE instances all over the place on other servers for things like Ultrasound, BES, Backup Exec, etc. (With no SMS, it takes forever to update every time MS releases a SQL HF or SP! Looking forward to having WSUS.) I think if I proposed using the SQL server at this moment, given the problems we've had on their file server, they'd fire me!