multiple users reading and writing to shared folder on non-server OS X

basically i want to have users across platforms write and read to a data folder on a machine running osX...is this possible with 100 users...not at the same time...at the most 40 at the same time.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Macintosh_Networking/Q_20616836.html

i have finally started on a recommendation from the above link which is pasted below:
 
Comment from weed
Date: 05/14/2003 10:10PM PDT
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heh, well PCMacLAN isnt necessary but upgrading to OS X (even if its not server) certainly wouldnt be a bad idea. Windows' appletalk support is somewhat anemic and is known for being dodgy. Im not sure there's much you can do about it for the older machines.

Comment from mikenatas
Date: 05/15/2003 09:42AM PDT
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can i upgrade to os x for the mac server, but load appleshare IP 6.3...would that work/solve my problems?



Accepted Answer from weed
Date: 05/15/2003 06:03PM PDT
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If you update to OS X there is no reason to run ASIP. It's all part of the OS and does a much better job of it.
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weedCommented:
I dont recall how many users OS X permits at once. Probably not 40. OS X Server would but 40 users on one machine is alot, especially if theyre all hitting the hard disk at the same time. If you do it you will want to use OS X Server and boost your HD speed using RAID or somesuch.
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mikenatasAuthor Commented:
thanks again weed...

i guess to clarify: i am currently using appleshare IP 6.3 with os 9.2.2 as the server software and it is able to handle this load...the load will not increase

so three more questions:

1) would os X non server allow the 40 users to connect but remain dormant with only five actively using.

2) would os x server be able to handle the same load as  appleshare IP 6.3?

3) are you seeing any problems with windows machines connecting with osx servers?  
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weedCommented:
OS X Server would MORE than cover the same load as ASIP 6.3.
As far as windows connecting to OS X Server i havent heard of any problems. OS X's windows support is far more robust than windows mac support.
OSX Consumer supports 10 clients at once. I dont think that includes windows clients but its still not going to add up to 40.
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