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I have a client that is currently setup running 5-6 sales points using Windows 7 running Peachtree Quantum with one computer as the host and the rest connected to it sharing fax and printer (homegroup).

The client now wants to build a sever. Should I build another Windows 7 machine or build a Windows Server 2008 R2? I've read that the core functions of Win7 and Win Server 2008 are identical. Is there any advantage to using Win Server 2008 R2 over Windows 7?

Since this is a small business do I need to run a server mobo?
 
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Windows Server probably uses a bit less memory to operate than Windows 7 with all of the media features and aero.

You don't necessarily need a server board, but it helps to have dual/quad Gbe nics onboard. The quad nic cards can get in tho 200-400 dollar range so its a nice feature to have included.

I'd go with Windows Server 2008 R2 if you can get it, again, less resources are used that way.
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I've never installed Windows Server before. Is the installation process like Windows 7? Install OS and then drivers?
 
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pretty much yes, i recently installed windows server 2008 on one of my servers and it was a breeze to instal.. i did some some driver issues but that was becuase wrong drivers for a RAID/SCSI card but that wont be an issue for you.. thumb.gif
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Is there any particular reason why the current setup needs to be replaced?
    
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post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by Oedipus View Post

Is there any particular reason why the current setup needs to be replaced?

Because someone told him he should run a server. rolleyes.gif

Doesn't matter to me, just more $$$ in my pocket. If that's what he wants done then I'll do it. I've already told him it's not needed.
 
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Windows Small Business Server 2011 maybe? Incredibly easy to use and it's built off 08 R2
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Windows Small Business Server 2011 maybe? Incredibly easy to use and it's built off 08 R2

Thanks Russian, will take a look into that. Need it to support Peachtree Quantum and Sage MAS200.
 
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