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Laptop as w2k server 12 years 1 month ago #8279

  • aminos
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I want just to know if it's a good idea to turn my laptop into a server
since i need a windows 2000 serrver as PDC and running DHCP and DNS.
Actually my Laptop config is quiet good :
Dual processors P IV
265 RAM
GeForce videoi card

my network is small one only 5 users.
the problem is i never see a laptop as server, it's quiet strange for me
to use it as server ! am I right ?
So can laptops be used as Servers: DNS, DHCP,WEB ....
Thanks for all
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Re: Laptop as w2k server 12 years 1 month ago #8287

I dont see why one couldnt be, but if a part was to fail in that laptop, bringing the server down, it can be hard to replace. If you had a normal server chassis, you could implement a hotswappable RAID server for redundancy. But then again, you are only serving a tiny network so I don't know if that would ever become a neccessity. IMHO laptops were not made to be servers nor can really operate up to par to one that is designed for the job.
"He who breaks something to find out what it is, has left the path of wisdom."

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Re: Laptop as w2k server 12 years 1 month ago #8295

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Yes , a laptop can be used as a server,but it is generally not .

That decision is based more on business requirements than technical.

Most networks require dedicated connectivity , so the servers have to be up all the time....i wouldn't want my laptop to run for more than ,say 15 -17 hrs at a stretch. :D

Also a laptop would start having performance issues after a certain amount of time.

And of course as pointed out by cybersorcerer, in case of damage , parts may not be easy to replace.

However, if your network need not be up all the time, you do not face any performance issues , and your warranty is still there , you may as well go ahead with it.
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