I currently have a small business that has about 3 computers networked together and they all share a common file (Microsoft Access Database) off my XP Pro desktop. It's a desktop application so I can't switch it to MySQL.
The only problem is that on the computers other than my desktop, access to the file is a little slow (60MB .mdb file), and my desktop does not have a RAID 1 setup in case of hard disk failure.
I was at first considering setting up a Server 2003 on a new computer build but I am worried this might be above my head and I will have to spend too much time on administration. I only need to share one large file and I only need one Remote Desktop license.
I also don't plan on reaching the 10 user limit in XP pro for file sharing any time soon. For security, I also plan on switching from Simple File Sharing to Advanced Sharing with Users and Permissions for each file share.
Considering this, should I just install XP Pro on a faster machine with Raid 1 and use that as my file server/desktop or would Server 2003 be necessary.
I already own Server 2003 and 25 CAL's from a class I took, but it is also confusing if these licenses also let me use Terminal Services or something extra needs to be bought.