shared networks vs NOS and vs Linux

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Hi, I am a relational database programmer, and I am writing an application for a client who will have from 12 to 20 users on a network. Currently they are set up shared/peer-to-peer. I have been nagging them about getting a new server and to use a formal server OS. They called in a "Microsoft Certified" person who told them a peer-to-peer would be fine. But I really really don't trust that advice, as I have always heard that there is a 10 user max on a shared network, where all stations are XP Pro, and their current network performs very poorly. Do you know the answer to this, and do you have any recommendations, warnings, etc. I suggested that since money is an issue, that they use Linux.

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I think that you’re right on target. I’d suggest using something like CentOS or White Box if money is an issue. They are both built from RHEL packages and there for they are very suited for enterprise functions. If your customer can afford it I’d suggest to actually purchase RHEL since you then have support. You can set up the Linux server to act as a Windows Domain server if needed.

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Magnus

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  • Baes64
    A Linux Server acting as a file server with Samba managing the shares, users etc. is a good balancing solution. It supports all requests from XP clients to a Windows typical file server. As soon as possible... 10 max conns exhausted quickly...
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