Windows Server 2003 vs Windows XP Pro

Posted on 2005-04-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-18

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.


Question by: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.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    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.

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    Author Comment

    by:Alaska Cowboy
    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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