Solved What would be the best Server software for me ?

April 27, 2013 at 10:11:37
Specs: Windows XP
I have two computers currently connected with a router. One has Windows 7, the other Windows XP Professional. I am not a network expert at all, so I need some advice.

My tower computer is a very old Monster machine that runs like a snail pace, so I will be replacing it with a much better machine. I will be partitioning the hard drive so I can use dual booting software to either run XP Pro, or some Server software. Or, do I really need server software beyond XP Professional ?

I don't wan't to spend $800 on Server software if I don't have to.

Advise ? Suggestions ?

Thanks,

Steven S.
Berkeley, CA USA


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April 27, 2013 at 23:14:52
You do not need a server operating system to run database server software. Just install the database server on one client machine and access it from the other.


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April 27, 2013 at 10:23:01
Why do you want server software? What do you think it will do that your current software doesn't?

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April 27, 2013 at 10:43:52
Yep, all you need is an internet server (presumably you have one already). Unless you are trying to do something very clever that is all you need to get online and to set up email.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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April 27, 2013 at 11:04:32
OK, let me be more clear about my intentions. I am a database designer that uses Microsoft Access 2010. However, as of yet, I have not had the opportunity to install one of my projects on a network.

Some of my clients want to use their databases on a network, so I thought it would be a good idea for me to learn more about how networks operate and I wanted to make a setup at home that I can practice on so that when it comes time to actually do it for a client, I somewhat know what I am doing.

So, I wanted to set up my two computers so that one of them acts as the Server and the other a workstation so I can practice installing a project on the network. But, if I can avoid having to buy say Windows Server 2012 which costs $800+ then I would like to know I can at least practice with what I have to get used to working with networks.


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April 27, 2013 at 23:14:52
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You do not need a server operating system to run database server software. Just install the database server on one client machine and access it from the other.

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