I have a client that has been using a win xp pro workstation (with RAID 1) as the 'server' in a workgroup arrangement for their 8 - 9 users. They are going over 10 now and need to step up to a server. The desktops were bought with XP home installed on them. there's minimal to no security needs / file permission settings allow everyone access to all files, etc. the client is comfortable with that. They need to be able to go above 10 simultaneous users and would like shared calendar and contacts. Seems like SBS 2K3 would give them both of those thngs. But they are balking at the cot to upgrade the desktops to XP Pro (I am coming up with a cost of about $200 / machine - does that sound right?).
They are asking - what would we lose if we stayed with win xp home on the desktops.
I told them they'd lose ease of administration (but they don't want / haven't missed group policy), the need for user accounts maintained on the desktop and server (they don't bounce around so the same user is at the same desk all the time). higher admin costs are nebulous to them - they'd rather have the 2K i ntheir pocket now and pay higher bills over time. They can still have shared files and folders in outlook. I know you can access shares with xp home, so that's not an issue.... so what else would they lose while saving $2,000?