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We have 4 desktops and use Server 2003 - it needs replacing. I think we could just use a computer and network all the desk tops to it so it can be used. We mostly use it for a file server as we have outsoursed out MS Outlook exchange.  My question is what features would  we lose and is it possible.

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Do you have a domain setup or workgroup?  
Do you have printer share on the server?
 
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With Server 2003 you would have capability to run a domain giving better authentication and control over workstations and user accounts.  You would have unlimited connections to the server/files along with dhcp and dns services for starters.

That being said, if you only have four workstations and see no potential for growth, using a workstation for a file server would work just fine.  DNS and IP addresses can be assigned statically and four stations is just as easy to administer as setting up a domain.  You would only have issues when you have more than ten users.

Without going into details, that covers a couple of the basic issues you would see.

All the best..
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Domain control, group policy, security, DHCP and functionality.  If you are just using the server to store files then there is really no need for a full fledged server.  You could probably just use a NAS to store files and organize them that way.  It all depends on what you server currently does as stated above (print server, domain environment, etc.).
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The question here needs to be... "What are the needs?"  There could be many things you'll no longer have, but the smaller list is likely what you really need for a 4-computer office.  It is easy to convince someone of the benefits of having a server for business purposes, but the place to start is identifying needs.

So, what do these personnel need ot be able to do?  Then we go from there to make a good business decision.
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