What is the difference between file services and an application server?

I want to be able to extend Applications from the server to each user account in Windows 2008 and I am a little unsure what the difference between an Application Server and File Services is.

Any help would be great.

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a file  server  delivers files to many users, an application server makes applications—often custom-built applications—available to multiple concurrent users.
Brad HoweDevOps ManagerCommented:

All of this is straight from Microsoft.

Application Server - Comprises a number of components that are responsible for the deployment and managing of .NET Framework 3.0 applications. These components include the .NET Framework, Web Server (IIS) Support, Message Queuing, COM+ Network Access, TCP Port Sharing, Distributed Transactions and Windows Process Activation Service Support.

Essentially, you set this up for WEB applications that run on IIS :).

File Services -  Provides technologies for storage management, which includes control of the types of files stored on a server via file screens and powerful quotas, file replication, distributed namespace management, NFS, and support for UNIX clients.

Essentially, this is a file shareing. yu don't need this to share folders, but when you install it, it give you more control for setting up permissions, and complex fileshare setups like DFS.

Hope it helps,

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Darius GhassemCommented:
Application servers give you the ability to run a services from certain servers instead of installing all the services needed to run a application on all the clients this allows for less configuration plus allows the servers to take most of the load of service the request instead of the clients.


File servers are servers that hold files and folders of information to allow access to by multiple users. This is a central location for this data. You can then backup one server instead of multiple clients.
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