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Netbook or Laptop as a Server?

by Platinum_Prince / January 28, 2009 7:51 AM PST

I was considering getting a netbook because it is very light and portable, anad it has very long battery life of up to 8 hrs(serves great when electricity is off)
Is it feasible or sensible to have a netbook or laptop running windows server 2003? I do not have/want any desktops in my network of 3 and possibly 4 nodes, and the netbook would be the newest node attached to the network(2 GB Ram current processor etc.) Should I even consider getting one or should I get a laptop?
If a laptop is recommended as a better server, should I go with a desktop replacement(17" screen and above) mainstream (14-15" latitude or other? or a thin and light (11-13")?
Lastly, should I or can I dual boot the net/notebook with XP and server 2003, while being able to carry it with me when network is not on?
I am currently on a tight budget and cannot afford both a dedicated tower for a server and a net/laptop. Please help me decide as I want to purchase my new net/notebook as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.

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While a nice idea.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2009 9:27 AM PST

Why not entertain a NAS on some UPS since that will cost less and be less work.
Bob

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by Platinum_Prince / January 28, 2009 9:55 AM PST
In reply to: While a nice idea.

Are you saying to ditch the server and access multiple OS's from the NAS? Please explain.

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Not to duplicate the web content here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2009 10:57 AM PST
In reply to: Re

But you can research what a NAS is and see if that costs less.

In closing, I have a netbook and thought about such a server. I'm going to wait till I find a cheap one to try this on but I would not pay up for Server 200x. I would be using Linux.
Bob

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