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will server 03 work okay with the windows 7 computers in the house?
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well, I do not have a drive capable of reading DVD's. Bleh. Back to windows xp pro for now. Guess I'll try some of that freeware suggested earlier.

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yes, win7 computers will successfully be able to reach and drop files on as well as read from server.
OS is aprox. 500meg and will fit on a cd...
Will edit with screens when I gedt back from grocery store...

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well, I do not have a drive capable of reading DVD's. Bleh. Back to windows xp pro for now. Guess I'll try some of that freeware suggested earlier.
Thanks again!

go buy one.. install windows.. and then return it biggrin.gif
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the only reason you'd have to get server 2008 is the domain controller, 2 problems with that: you gotta buy a domain, domain controller service will kill your p4. For everything else you mentioned any windows can do it just as well as server.

you should investigate if you can get windows home server, it does everything you need really
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the only reason you'd have to get server 2008 is the domain controller, 2 problems with that: you gotta buy a domain, domain controller service will kill your p4. For everything else you mentioned any windows can do it just as well as server.
you should investigate if you can get windows home server, it does everything you need really

What? LOL Really?

You do not need to buy a domain. You can run what ever you want with the .local extension at the end. Silly boy!
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What? LOL Really?
You do not need to buy a domain. You can run what ever you want with the .local extension at the end. Silly boy!

You can run ANY domain you want on your home network, doesn't even need to have .local, can be any top level extension as well.
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You can run ANY domain you want on your home network, doesn't even need to have .local, can be any top level extension as well.

tis true. i was just pointing out the fact that you dont have to buy a domain name...
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I would go with 2003 because in my experience 2008 and 2008 r2 are MUCH MUCH more difficult to learn. I set up a server 2003 computer in about 2 hours including installation time. It took about 24 hours or work to get a 2008 r2 running using the same services and settings. First time setting up them from scratch.

2008 r2 seems to also have trouble connecting to existing domains and forces the controller to a public network profile which blocks all incoming data. Too many headaches IMO. I'm just using it at home because it is what I have at work.

Not sure about 2003 but 2008 requires additional services to use wireless networking

I must say if you want something easy to set up...

install windows server 2003
disable all the server services(basically get windows desktop edition for free)
install remote log in (such as log me in)
done
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