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im lookign for cheapest way to run x64 bit system (windows based)

would that be

windows 7 pro x64
or window home server 2011
wimdows server 2008 sp2


what i need is

-x64 system that can run terminal services server(allow computers to remote connect to the server to run intuit quickbooks application in an rdp window)
-system that can handle 8gb of memory and more if such a need rises.
-system can join an active directory
-system that can run microsoft office 2003/2007

i am familiar with windows 7 first hand, but im not sure 100% that windows 7 can be used as a terminal server

ive only read and heard about windows home server , is that like windows 7 starter edition?

windows 2008 server is guaranteed option here, but id rather ask , maybe i can save a buck
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Active directory limits you to windows server 2008 standard or r2 standard
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just to be sure, i m not looking for ability to host active directory
but rather joining an existing domain on a network
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You still need a server and client access licenses for terminal services
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as i am reading intuit doesnt support windows home server so -1
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by:Carl Webster
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Intuit also only supports a special version of quickbooks on terminal server.

I would use server 2008 r2 std.  That will join AD and easily handle Office 2003/2007.
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thanks@ CarlWebster , my company is paying lots of money right now just to have that special version


my last question i have to ask
is there any flavor of windows 7 that can act as a terminal server, with CALs and everything.
or is terminal server (now renamed) is reserved for well, server windows (windows 2003, windows 2008,etc)
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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No Windows 7 is a Client Operating system
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by:Anti-Mhz
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sorry one more question

would microsoft windows 2008 foundation an OS to consider for the tasks above?(first question)

ive read an article date 2009 that foundation can be mistaken for an april fool's joke but i have to ask maybe  its an option

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I have never seen Foundation but i doubt it has TS/RDS capability.
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Limitations: it is only available from OEMs and is limited to one processor socket.
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does one processor socket mean no multi core, ie intel i5
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No.  Ms does socket, not cores.  If they had a 256 core processor it would be supported.
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