Should I choose 2000 or XP pro in a school network
Posted on 2004-10-18
Sounds like a dumb question: but it aint. Grateful for an answer to the 2 following questions:
From the standpoint of a network administrator, general network maintenance, security, stability, smooth running of programs and attached hardware, is it really worth spending the time and hassle of upgrading from 2000 pro to XP-pro in a 2003 Server environment??
I have licences for 17 used identical Dell 2000 pro machines. We have just purchased another 18 identical Siemens machines and unexpectedly received 18 XP-pro licences instead of 2000 which I had expected. Should I run 2000 on 17 and XP on the other 18? Or should I just run 2000 on all of them? Would it be simpler to maintain just a 2000 network.
The other reason for using 2000, is that all of the machines have only 256 meg RAM which is ideal for 2000 but not for XP.
Please don't bother recommending upgrading everthing to XP. That is out of the question.