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Will XP 2003 Small Biz server run well on PIII 900 with 384 MB RAM? If not alternatives?

Posted on 2004-08-26
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If someone could just briefly breakdown for me if it is utter lunacy to try running XP small biz on this old of a machine--I have a company that has an extra machine and they need a server...all the other machines are new Dells running XP pro (9 users)--is there any potential problems in this type of setup? They dont want to give up any of the newer machine for this cause (they are a cheap non-profit) so if I dont do this for them they will just continue to run and XP pro peer-to-peer setup. I thought about trying Linux, but its new to me and I am not very familar, plus time is of the essence (working fulltime, plus school) and I was going to try NT4, but I couldnt even get the service packs anymore, they wouldnt download and when I tried to purchase them Microsft  canceled my order and said they were no longer selling NT service packs even though there site said they were for sale on CD.
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Yes you can run 2003 sbs on that machine.  I think that you will find that it will run better than you think.  The only time when the performance will become an issue will be if you add many more users.  Disabling services that are not needed will also help performance.  As far as NT4.0 I might be able to provide you with a place to download those if you really wish to run NT4 even thought I don't advise it.

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MAtt
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