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Can you make a regular PC running Win 7 Pro be a server?

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  • TomLiotta
    It depends on what you mean by "regular pc",  "running Win 7 Pro" and "make [it] be a server". Certainly, a 'regular' networked Win 7 Pro PC can store files that can be shared by other PCs and can host printers that can be shared by other PCs. Under some circumstances, you can een install programming products that can be accessed by a limited number of other PCs that run client programming.   But if the "regular pc" doesn't have appropriate CPU capacity or sufficient RAM or appropriate DASD services, etc., then even if server-like functions might run, the system response probably won't be good.   And if you intend to install server-based products, it's likely that some installs may fail because hardware and OS requirements won't be met.   If you are wondering if you can "make [it] be a server" by installing a server OS, as long as it meets the server OS requirements, yes, you can.   Regardless of what minor elements might be similar to what a server class system can support and a server OS can perform, a "regular pc running Win 7 Pro" will be little more than a hacked-up workaround. It could be sufficient for limited needs in some small offices.   Tom
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