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Active Directory

I am working for a company which one server for window application. and around 5 pcs in the network.

I am thinking to get a Intel i5 pc and create active directory on either window 2008 server or window 7 professional. Do you think window 7 Professional is fast enough to handle the network?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Client OSes, including windows 7, cannot be domain controllers. This is a technical restriction and doesn't matter how "powerful" an OS or hardware is. So if you want Active Directory, you must purchase a server OS.

Given the size of your network, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials would be a good fit at a reasonable price. I'd also recommend "real" server hardware. HP's Microserver is a popular choice for a small network and works well with Essentials.
I agree with cgaliher

Windows 7 is a desktop client and not a server, windows 7 cant not be a Active Directory DC. It doesnt have that feature built into it.

Do you really need an Active Directory in your network, its only 5 users. If you require server infrastructure for the application, windows 2012 R2 is the good choice.
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