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We need to set up a small server.
What I want to run on it are
1) Use it as a file server
2) Terminal Service into it, then Terminal to Local PC so it will be the Gateway.
3) FTP Server
4) SQL Server (This is for development purposes so if it runs a little slow it is OK)
5) Reporting Server (This is for development purposes so if it runs a little slow it is OK)
There will be at most 5 users.
I am trying to get the price down currently we are using one of the development PC's , but when that person wants to restart the pc everyone has to make sure the files are closed. The PC handles the load fine.
It is a P4 3GHZ with 2GB Ram Win XP Pro
I was even thinking of just buying Windows 2k3 and putting on this machine and setting up another Development station.

So a couple questions?
Can we install Windows 2k3 on any PC?
Will the Install kill all the current Programs?

Would a New Server PC be better option?

Well looking for some feedback, thanks.
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You could do that... but keep in mind, Server 2003 costs about $800.  Small Business Server 2003 (which comes with Server 2003, requires you have a domain and make it the FSMO master, and provides Exchange Server as well) costs $2000 LESS.  There are a couple more restrictions - but for the most part, they rarely impact small businesses.

> Can we install Windows 2k3 on any PC?
Yes - provided you have the space and horsepower (the requirements are surprising low, so as long as the PC was made this millennium, you shouldn't TECHNICALLY have a problem installing it.

> Will the Install kill all the current Programs?
You cannot upgrade an XP machine to Server.  So ultimately, yes, no existing installed programs would work - you'd have to reinstall everything.

> Would a New Server PC be better option?
Maybe... Depends on your hardware available.  
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Can we install Windows 2k3 on any PC?
Not exactly. Due to different system hardware architecture and bios from pc and server, windows 2003 servers could not be load successfully on pc hardware. You then create an unstable server could be malfunction.

Will the Install kill all the current Programs?
Posibility. Most of the time, it kills your drivers. Some program support both XP and W2K3 could be survive.

Would a New Server PC be better option?
I suggest this solution with all my heart and brain unless your budget doesn't support it; otherwise, this option is the best. Some low end server hardware will cost you $400 + windows. Check it out:
http://www.dell.com/content/products/resultscompare.aspx/servers?c=us&cs=04&l=en&p=pedge_sc440~pedge_840~pedge_860~&s=bsd

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@lnkevin  - What are you talking about?  I've been working on systems for 13 years and I've never seen a 2003 fail to load on "PC Hardware" - What kind of hardware do you think you're loading it on?  Now, there are reasons you want to run a production server on name brand hardware - mostly warranty purposes so that if something goes wrong, you have one source to go to - but other than that there is NO PROBLEM running 2003 on "PC Hardware" - All my servers that I run personally and most that I've run for development over the years have been on "white boxes" and only if the hardware was faulty was there a problem - and then it didn't matter if it were a server OS or a workstation OS - it had problems.

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leew,
Can you explain FSMO master more?
Thanks
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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It's standard Active Directory - reference:
http://www.petri.co.il/understanding_fsmo_roles_in_ad.htm

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Thanks, got a couple more questions.
If I went with a pretty low end Server but got the 64Bit System, will I be able to install and run 32Bit Applications without any issues?
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32 bit application can work with 64 bit system it is backward compatibility, but you have to configure IIS to get it done. Read this article from Microsoft for an idea arround this:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/13f991a5-45eb-496c-8618-2179c3753bb0.mspx?mfr=true

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You may also have to install WOW64 for 32 bit .dll file support on 64 bit OS system. Another MS article:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/win64/win64/running_32_bit_applications.asp

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Some of the links posted may already cover this, but while MOST 32 bit applications will work, those such as Antivirus products and hardware utilities likely will not.  You'll need specifically 64 bit versions of any such program.  In addition, some older 32 bit applications still use 16bit installers - these, once installed would likely work - but the trick will be installing them as the 16bit installers likely WILL NOT work.

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