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I have to set up a University PC lab with 25 PCs and 1 server. I know very well XP PRO and don't know anything about 2003 Server. Are there reasons to install Win2003 on the server instead of XP? Are there limitations in XP that would strongly suggest using 2003? Would 2003 be so easy to pass to and worth using that it is reasonable to stick to it? Thanks. Stefano
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Hi s_federici,

2003 is a server. XP is client, there is no two ways about it, server 2003 is much more appropriate

windows xp has a limit of 10 connections

windows 2003 allows you to have a domain environment with Active Directory for centralised management, administration and security over your users
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Hi,
what do you mean exactly with "windows xp has a limit of 10 connections"? I used it in other PC labs and I could connect to all lab PCs via LAN. Even if I found that some times I was unable to connect to some PCs. Is this the reason. Is there a way to see all 25 PCs of my lab and theri network resources to share files?
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i mean that if xp is acting as a server that there is a limit of 10 concurrent connections to it, that is why there is a server OS, otherwise, everyone would just run xp machines as a server without Active Directory!

you were probably fine with a workgroup as not everyone was accessing the machine at once
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Thanks a lot for the clarification. One last thing. Where do I find a (better online) tutorial explaining me (in short) Windows 2003 server, so that I can understand if I prefer to have an access limit with XP or it is worth (and, moreover, easy for me) to move to a full server OS?
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i dont know about short.. but here is ms release on server 2003 and its features

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/overview/family.mspx
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Too complex :-) Just to give you an example of what I need to know: is win2003 similar to what OS? 2000 or XP? Are administrative functions different from XP's ones? If so, which ones and in which way? Can I use it to install applications on other lab PCs? Can I do it with XP? Can I maybe install applications with just one command or will I do it 25 times?
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ok 2003 is belt on the bases of the xp kernal - so your look, feel and navigation is very similar

2003 has the abiltiy for active directory which is where you will deal with your software deployment and standardisation of all machines

xp doesnt offer AD in any way shape or form, so yep, its 25 times! whereis 2003 its one setting pushed through

you also have an OS in 2003, that optimises services and basic "server" functions - if you can use xp you can use 2003
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Thankyou
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