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We are putting together an app for storing information on our LAN in a smart client environment so our employees all have access to the info in "real" time.  The app must be able to send faxes as well.  Here is my question:

1.  Since we are using MSDE as a datastore and ASP.NET Web Services to deliver and recieve the data can we use a Raid 1 Dell Precision Workstation with XP Pro and 2GB ram to act as our Web Service Host and Data Store instead of say a server operating with Small Business Server 2003?

I know that SBS Server Premium comes with SQL Server and that scales to higher user numbers.  This however can get expensive and we are looking for a lower cost solution.  I am unsure about Windows Fax Server on XP Pro acting in this way.  The client App will be C# Win  Forms.  Can Fax Server/Services be run on the box acting as the "server".  As you can tell, I am a bit confused......

Also, how many users would this "lite" server scale to.  I know XP Pro can only support x number of users in a network share configuration.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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by:crissand
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Yes this is the main problem with Windows XP used as file server, the limitation of number of simultaneous connections which is 10 for Windows XP Pro and 5 for Windows XP Home. This limitation is available for the web server too (IIS), but I don't know if exists if you use Apache for Windows as web server, as a free solution (as far as I know the limitation does not exists).

The fax service can be installed in a Windows XP box (it's called fax if SP2), but as far as I know it is not shareable. But I guess third party fax server can be used.

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What is a good one?

Your info has been great so far.
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by:crissand
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I don't know, I use fax servers available on the Internet, not one in my network. Maybe google can help you.
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What server online do you use?
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One in my country (paid). But you can see here if there are available fax services in your geographic area:
http://www.tpc.int/

And see here too: http://www.ureach.com/home/splash/splash_ufax.htm
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