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Using XP Pro as Server 2003

by bsbllfn1025 / May 23, 2006 11:14 PM PDT

Hi

I'm a programmer - and i'm looking for some information on hosting a game i've written.

The game is quite a large project and will support about 2000+ users. I was wondering what the difference would be to hosting the game server on XP Pro on a fast connection with a fast box at my location, to hosting on Server 2003 (on the same box/connection).

If I was to install Server 2003 instead on this box, what would be the difference? Would XP Pro hold up?

Adam.

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The first item you find is the limits on TCPIP connects.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 23, 2006 11:19 PM PDT

Microsoft limited some areas of the TCPIP stack so it doesn't work as a server past a handful of users. This can be tough to test until you get enough users.

For servers of such, why not move to Linux since it doesn't have that limit?

Another brutal cost to Server 2003 besides the OS cost is you may find the cost of firewall and antivirus to be more than you expected.

Bob

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Hmm.. Connection Limit?
by bsbllfn1025 / May 24, 2006 3:28 AM PDT

Isn't the conneciton limit for file/print sharing? I mean if I was running a game server or FTP client for instance.. There are unlimited connections are there not? (well, as many as the system can handle)..

??

Adam.

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Outbound seems unlimited (till no ram, etc.) Read...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2006 3:46 AM PDT
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If I remember
by rosscbrown / May 24, 2006 3:49 PM PDT

I used to have XP Pro set up as a server for some HTML files and stuff.

If I remember, the maximum users who can simutaniously access what ever you have going on is 10 (ten).

If I had to choose between XP or server 2003, then I would have to go with Server 2003. The clue is in the name, it's a server OS so it is quite a bit more robust that a Desktop OS.

Hope that helped.

Regards,
Ross.

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You'd be happier with Linux
by jnbhoward / May 24, 2006 3:49 AM PDT

You can strip it down to the barest essentials to improve performance, and have everything you need, right there without any potential licensing issues or anything else.

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