Can Windows 7 Ultimate be used as a server RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I want to have a new server machine that host about 30 clients. I am confused with the different operating system like Windows 7 Pro, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows Server 2008 R2.  Can Windows 7 Ultimate be used as server operating system? What is the difference between Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows Server 2008 R2 exactly? Thanks.


    Tuesday, August 9, 2011 4:55 AM


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  • Hi,


    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are two different operating systems. Windows Server 2008 R2 is designed for server platform, you can use it as domain controller, DNS server, File Server and etc.


    For more information, you can refer to:


    Differentiated Feature Comparison by Edition



    Compare Windows - Microsoft Windows




    Best Regards,

    Vincent Hu


    • Marked as answer by york Z Tuesday, August 9, 2011 8:46 PM
    Tuesday, August 9, 2011 9:04 AM
  • Thanks, Hu.

    So Windows 7 Ultimate can not be used as domain controller, DNS server, File Server, right?

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011 8:47 PM
  • Hi,


    You can check the links in my last reply, some features are only available in Windows Server 2008 R2, so you can’t use them on Windows 7.



    Best Regards,

    Vincent Hu


    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:10 AM
  • Hi,

    The links do not compare Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 directly. So I am not sure the differences between them. 

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 7:04 AM
  • If you want domain controller you have to go with server edition of windows or you could use linux as your domain, its called a samba server. Windows 7 provides no option for Domain Controller, yet for almost anything else, file, web, etc.. yes in the ultimate edition its available and i believe in the Pro edition. Here some links if you interested in setting up a Linux Domain Controller for MS Windows clients. Hope this helps! :)) 

    http://serverfault.com/questions/29236/can-a-linux-server-serve-as-a-domain-controller-for-windows-machines   -Yes :)




    • Proposed as answer by Kyle Coots Friday, August 19, 2011 6:10 AM
    Friday, August 19, 2011 6:10 AM