Managing Authorization and Access Control in Windows 7 v Windows Server

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I have been asked to upgrade a golf club's small network system to improve performance. One of the options is to move to a server-based OS rather. The current 'server' runs Windows XP. One of their key issues is not being able to manage security access to various folder and files; at the moment, all 6 users have access to everything.
Can anyone advise the pros and cons of using a Windows 7 based 'server' rather than one using a proper MS server OS in relation to file and folder access and user groups?
The company that provides the club membership etc. software advises that they don't have to have a full server OS and can run the systems under Windows 7.
I don't want to advise spending a lot of money if they can get away with a W7 solution. I don't have a lot of server experience but am a CompTIA+ Technician.
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> One of their key issues is not being able to manage security access to various folder and files;
> at the moment, all 6 users have access to everything

it really depends on the specific requirements for their business.

however, if all the six users only need to deal with shared folders on the target server (not intensively), and there is no particular, critical business application to be running on the target server, you MAY simply use a Windows 7 to act as a file server. with this situation, you need to create six user accounts on the W7 box with the passwords exact same as they use on their desktop PCs, then set NTFS permissions of specific shared folders on W7 according to their business requirements.

be aware that if any of the users need to change their password, they have to change the password on W7 as well. that's the pain of using PC as a server. in a server based solution, an Active Directory will be set up, all security stuff will be managed centrally.

a server based solution is always recommended.

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