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Hi guys,

 

Had some questions I wanted to ask this forum as I've been kicking around some ideas for networking my house and how many machines I could have.

 

Just so you know what the building blocks are for this setup...my main machine is running Windows Pro, and I've got 5 other machines running Win Pro as well. There's a single router/switch in my office, which all machines in the house connect to.

 

I bought a 4 port LAN card for my PC, but haven't had much luck doing anything with it yet.

 

My questions...

 

1) Can I have my machine connected to the internet router/switch, and have the other machines connected to my LAN card, while still having them all be able to discover each other AND get internet access through my PC?

 

2) What are the connection limits of Windows Pro? I'm aware of a 5 connection limit, but does that mean I can have 6 computers (5 connected to my PC) or am I limited to 5 computers total sharing any drive?

 

3) What are the benefits to running a professional version of Windows Server on my main PC? Is there a lot of neat remote/internet functionalities that get opened up, allowing you to be at home when away from home easier than with just regular Windows?

 

Thanks all!

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Which specific Pro version of Windows?

1) That sounds really rigged. Why don't you just use a switch?
2) If you're running server it usually depends on your CAL license limit. It should be more than sufficient for your environment out of the box.
3) Pro usually denotes that you can add a system to a domain. If you had a domain controller you could set up an active directory deployment for AAA and resource sharing between systems (as well as apply group policy for users on your network, etc). As far as 'neat remote stuff', there isn't much that Pro can give you that you couldn't already do through various implementations.
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Which specific Pro version of Windows?
1) That sounds really rigged. Why don't you just use a switch?
2) If you're running server it usually depends on your CAL license limit. It should be more than sufficient for your environment out of the box.
3) Pro usually denotes that you can add a system to a domain. If you had a domain controller you could set up an active directory deployment for AAA and resource sharing between systems (as well as apply group policy for users on your network, etc). As far as 'neat remote stuff', there isn't much that Pro can give you that you couldn't already do through various implementations.

1) The reason I'd love to do it that way is because with my setup, I'm serving up lots of big files constantly to all the machines in the house for rendering...can easily saturate a gigabit LAN for minutes at a time.

 

My hope was that by getting a 4 port LAN card in my main computer, I could theoretically have a 1Gb connection to 4 other machines, rather than 4 machines sharing a 1Gb connection from a single LAN port on my computer that leads to a switch, and then branches to them. I have all of the data stored on a RAM drive, so R/W bottlenecks don't exist in my setup.

 

2) I'm only running Windows 7 Pro at the moment which is why I was worried about running up against their artificial connection cap limit. I only have 5 machines at the moment, but planning on a new arrival. Just hoping everything can be all connected still...I'm positive that if I had a 7th machine, I'd be screwed, just not totally clear on 5 or 6 being the cap.

 

3) So basically, if I'm the only user, Win Server isn't terribly compelling?

 

I'm running Windows 7 Professional.

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