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Why should we use windows server instead of windows 7? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello.

     

    We have a station with Windows 7 Home Premium that we use as some kind of server. We are sharing files (we have 11 stations) and we have a program that uses 1 SQL database. Could you point out some important differences why we should choose a "real" server instead of this one and choose Windows Server platform? We need some good facts to convince the accounting directors to invest some money in the server.

     

    Thank you

    Friday, February 3, 2012 11:17 AM

Answers

  • Hello,

    in your case with one file share and the SQL database i cannot find a reason to use a real server.

    If you are fine with the user management on each machine then i would leave it as it is.

    Maybe you should think about the Windows Home Server edition which can provide automated backup solutions.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/windows-home-server


    Best regards Meinolf Weber Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.
    Friday, February 3, 2012 1:50 PM
  • Hello,

    As Meinolf suggests, you should pick an OS based on your requirements.  If the current OS performing the function that you need meets and satisfies the requirement while providing a low cost solution, there is no business case for the added expense.  As soon as moving to a server based OS saves time, money and makes the operation more efficient, that  is when you can show that it is the correct action to take.

    When thinking about costs, you have to include all costs such as hardware, OS licensing, maintenance costs, etc..

     


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    Friday, February 3, 2012 1:56 PM

All replies

  • Client pc's usually dont have centralized management, backup facilities and other server roles like DNS, DHCP etc..  In your case, if you dont backup your data regularly you may have issues in case of failures.

    Your question is more generic and any suggestion will be partial solution without understanding  your complete environment.  Let me know your application details to suggest you better

     

    Friday, February 3, 2012 1:17 PM
  • We have 11 PCs all with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium and Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Business. Most users only work with documents and mail in Microsoft Outlook.

    3 Persons use an accounting software. That software has a server version and clients. Server version lies on a PC we now use as server.

    People save documents on the PC we call server and access them though shared folders.


    Friday, February 3, 2012 1:31 PM
  • Hi Simona,

    You should also be aware that Windows 7 only allows a maximum of 20 concurrent connections between file, print and a couple of other services. You're going to find that with so few connections, people are going to be hit with what appears to be random delays in accessing resources. If the office were to grow by even a few more people, these delays could become quite pronounced.

    Windows Server does not impose this restriction.

    Cheers,
    Lain

    Friday, February 3, 2012 1:48 PM
  • Hello,

    in your case with one file share and the SQL database i cannot find a reason to use a real server.

    If you are fine with the user management on each machine then i would leave it as it is.

    Maybe you should think about the Windows Home Server edition which can provide automated backup solutions.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/windows-home-server


    Best regards Meinolf Weber Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.
    Friday, February 3, 2012 1:50 PM
  • Hello,

    As Meinolf suggests, you should pick an OS based on your requirements.  If the current OS performing the function that you need meets and satisfies the requirement while providing a low cost solution, there is no business case for the added expense.  As soon as moving to a server based OS saves time, money and makes the operation more efficient, that  is when you can show that it is the correct action to take.

    When thinking about costs, you have to include all costs such as hardware, OS licensing, maintenance costs, etc..

     


    Guides and tutorials, visit ITGeared.com.

    itgeared.com facebook twitter youtube
    Friday, February 3, 2012 1:56 PM