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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.
You can also replace the ethernet cabling with cat6 or at least cat 5e, although I've found that even cat 5 is fine.
If you are using a wireless network of course that's the problem re speed issues.
I've found gigabit networking large file transfer speeds are very comparable to internal ide transfer speeds, close enough to not make that much difference as far as users are concerned.
So if I am currently operating on a Linksys BEVP41 Router, I just need to by a Gigabit switch and hook that up to the router and hook all the internal computers up to that in order to have a Gigabit network internally?