I'm very new to server editions. I recently hired someone to install windows server/exchange at my office (only 9 client computers). I am trying to discover what in all it can do. I very much like the fact that I'm able to access client computers, control permission levels, control installations, ect….I’m sure there’s a ton of benefits I’ve yet to appreciate about the server. I would very much like appreciate those same benefits at home. I have 3 teenage sons who are constantly having me reformat, reinstall apps. remove viruses, remove ad-ware and it’s such a waste my time. I could give them a limited account, however that really only controls the things I’m not worried about. These types of issues are exactly why I opted for a server installation at my office. Being that I do not know what I’m doing, which server edition would be best for this type of home use? Can it be installed in a WinXPpro desktop currently used at home? Can it be installed as an upgrade? Being that my husband uses this computer; will regular programs continue to run the same (MS Office)? I have to keep in mind that this computer is also a client computer for the office domain. Eventually back up from the office will be sent to this computer. Rather than use an existing computer, would it be best just to purchase a server specifically for my home? Or could it be that I’m looking at the wrong type of product for a home environment? Help!
Sorry for the numerous amount of questions. I just renewed my subscription. I’m going to get my money’s worth up front!