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Full-Duplex - Is it necessary?

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Hi there,

I am about to set up a small client-server network based around Windows Server 2003.
I am in the process of choosing the correct hardware and an issue has arisen regarding 'Full-Duplex' capability in my switch.  (The switch will actually be part of a router solution).
The server will be used to run a database application over a network of clients that have the ability to add and update information.
My question is:

Do I need Full-duplex capability from my switch for the network to perform properly?  I'm concerned about access issues when two users are trying to talk to the server simultaneasly for reading & writing etc.

Many thanks.
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Full-Duplex
Necessary = NO

WANTED = Very much yes.  

The server will not be able to send and recieve data at the same time.  May cause collisions on your network, and just generally stall it.  When you go to half duplex, you are essentially cutting your bandwidth in half.
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