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Windows Server 2003 vs Windows XP Pro


I have a Windows XP Pro machine (basic desktop) that I want to use to allow remote desktop access so "internet" users can run a windows application.

Is Windows Server 2003 a complete OS, so it replaces Windows XP-Pro? Could they operate simultaneously? I don't know network admin at all, just a proficient PC user / developer.


Alaska Cowboy
Alaska Cowboy
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Windows 2003 is a complete server operating system.  They cannot run simultaneously with XP on the same machine.

If you only require one user using it remotely at a time, you can just use XP's remote desktop function or VNC.  If you require more than that, you will need to install and use the server OS.

I would highly recommend that you hire a consultant in to set it up properly for you... it will cost more, but they will know how to configure it and secure it properly.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You could always get some RAM (you want lots of RAM for an Idea like this) and run Server or XP in a Virtual PC/VMWare/Bochs session.

Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
Chireru, thanks for the info and tip, a consultant sounds like a good idea.

leew, thank you for the tip and the link.


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