Server 2003 vs XP

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We are thinking of moving to a virtual office setup (from a classic physical office setup).

In the new configuration, everyone (five or fewer people) would VPN through a Sonic WALL firewall onto a server.

Connections would probably be ADSL client and either ADSL or T-1 at the server.

The question is which would work best:

(1) Applications and files on a box running Server 2003.
(2) Applications on clients and files on server. In that case, would a fast box running XP Pro be adequate, or would Server 2003 be preferable?
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Because the client side internet speeds are unpredictable, I would recommend using a server 2003 box with terminal services to run all your apps and store the data.  This eliminates the need to have fast connections at the client as well as fast computers (don't know if you're running any intensive apps...).  Also, with this setup, you could set it up to be accessed by anywhere on the inet for traveling employees.  just my $.02
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I would have to agree with davino1, having  a server is always better in terms of running applications on a lan or worst yet over the web where data can be compromised if the data tunnel is not properly secured, a server would provide this sort of protection as well as scalability issues, you start with 5 but think 1 or 2 years down the road........................go with the server:)
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xp is not a server, new was, never will be, go 2003 its what its designed for

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