Creating a local Game server (not that type of game server)

Hi, i work on a game center,
And online games require update periodically..

so i need to create a server where i can store all the latest update.
And the users can sync the up-to-date game folders them through a shared folder.

There's a catch,
The server must be running XP.
Because each game has its own updater, and i can't run those updater in ubuntu or other linux distros.
(I'm aware manual update exists, but it requires user to modify the game folders, it's too risky, so it's not an option)

So far i've been using XP combined with Virtual Box running ubuntu,
why? well for unknown reason XP limits sharing option to 10 PCs, anything above that and it will disconnect the server.

Ubuntu does not have this limit, so the ubuntu v-box is used to create linux-based sharing mechanism so that the clients don't encounter limitation problem..

At first i thought it would solve the problem..
But occasionally XP still get disconnected for unknown reason..
Re-starting the lan doesn't solve the problem,
it always requires a restart to fix it...

So i'm looking for another alternative, maybe another sharing method...
Any idea?
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  1. Your problem might be because your using XP Home, XP Pro should not have those issues with share limitation.
  2. HugoStiglitz said:
    Your problem might be because your using XP Home, XP Pro should not have those issues with share limitation.


    I Just checked it, and it's running pro version.
    It's a well known problem for XP,

    http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1399589

    I need it to have stable connection like Linux' samba...
    Ubuntu VirtualBox unfortunately can't give exact same result
  3. Humm, I have not come across the problem,

    cant use a newer OS? or for best scenario use Server 2008 or 2012
  4. HugoStiglitz said:
    Humm, I have not come across the problem,

    cant use a newer OS? or for best scenario use Server 2008 or 2012


    I was going to try 2008 before,
    (2012 is x64 only so 2008 is my only option)
    but win server has some compatibility issues with online games...
  5. virtual box should be able to do x64 guest (it does with a windows host at least) as long as your CPU has hardware virtualization enabled

    Vt-X or AMD-V
  6. HugoStiglitz said:
    virtual box should be able to do x64 guest (it does with a windows host at least) as long as your CPU has hardware virtualization enabled

    Vt-X or AMD-V


    What i meant was almost all online games only compatible with x86, so can't use x64
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