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Windows Server 2003 vs Windows XP Pro

Hello,

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.

Thanks.

Bill
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Alaska Cowboy
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Alaska Cowboy
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ChireruCommented:
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.
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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.

See:
www.microsoft.com/virtualpc
www.vmware.com
http://bochs.sourceforge.net/
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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.

Bill
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