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My boss saw a mini server, like a laptop at a conference he went to last month and he wants me to try to buy that. He thinks it was IBM but he knows it was a portable server. Do you have an idea where I could find something like that? Thanks!
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Question by:Bob Macpherson
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see if this helps - http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/29830

Why dont u just get a laptop with a high end configuration and turn it into a server?
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http://www.xtremenotebooks.com/index.php?section=catagory&include_type=14_inch

Dell Mobile Workstations can be configured as servers too.
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by:Rob Williams
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Most laptops/notebooks can be configured as servers, and will work for demos ,but are not a good idea due to the extensive power saving features, that tend to disable services. Microsoft at a lot of their demos use small form factor computers such as AOpen's "the Cube". They now have a tower cube and a mini cube. These take standard micro ATX motherboards which give you lots of flexibility, though a limited # of PCI/PCIx slots.
http://xc.aopen.com.tw/
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What defines a computer as a server is the software. Server software is designed to focus it's resources on background services where as regular versions of windows focus their resources on running programs.

Server software can also handle almost unlimited inbound connections (Hardware Limiting). Regular Windows NT, 2000 and XP workstations can only handle 10 inbound concurent connections. Windows ME, 98 and 95 can only handle one inbound connection.

Of course there is the hardware. Laptops are not really powerful as servers can be and the hardware are not designed to be a server but it can be done as long as the drivers are available.
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Let me toss another wrench into the works; unless your boss actually can verify things; it is also very possible that the laptop may have vmware on it to provide 1 or 2 simulated servers; its only good for demo purposes and this exact type of a config will not provide beneficial server service.  Many presenters do this in lieu of bring in an entire network rack.

Regards,
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