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Which OS for server?

Copper Contributor
Posts: 10
Country: United States

Which OS for server?

After one year, my server needs to have Windows reloaded.  It had XP Pro, but the server came with a free Vista upgrade.  Should I reload Xp Pro or go Vista?  We're using ACT 2009 and most remote users use Vista....

Thanks

LT

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Country: New_Zealand

Re: Which OS for server?

Windows XP or Vista are not server operating systems which are preferable. However given the choice of XP to Vista I would pick XP as the OS as it is less demanding on RAM leaving more available to ACT! and the SQL database.     

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Copper Contributor
Posts: 10
Country: United States

Re: Which OS for server?

The server doesn't really run any "server" applications, it simply hosts my ACT database for remote users to access via a VPN.  I figured that if the XP Pro got hosed in less that 10 months (installedin Feb 08) that maybe I should consider using the free Vista that came with it.

Thx

LT

Platinum Elite Contributor
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Country: USA

Re: Which OS for server?

Which Vista? If it's Vista home, I would not use that as an ACT! server.
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Copper Contributor
Posts: 10
Country: United States

Re: Which OS for server?

Vista Business.  Would you prefer using XP Pro or Vista Business to host your ACT 2009 database?

Thanks again

LT

Platinum Elite Contributor
Posts: 14,384
Country: Australia

Re: Which OS for server?

How many users? Remember that XP and Vista are both limited to 9 users.

 

If you have enough RAM (2 or 3GB min), Vista can provide some advantages. If only 1GB, don't get Vista

Platinum Elite Contributor
Posts: 6,651
Country: USA

Re: Which OS for server?

To be very honest, my personal bias would prevent me from making an unbiased suggestion. For myself, I would use XP. However, for a 64-bit processor and a 64-bit version of Vista, I would likely be forced to choose Vista.
Roy Laudenslager
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Platinum Elite Contributor
Posts: 14,384
Country: Australia

Re: Which OS for server?

64-bit doesn't really give ACT! any advantage except the ability to access more RAM (if you have it)