I have 2 Desktop PC's (both running windows server 2k3)on a small home network and some times i may hook up a laptop or two.
So far i haveregistered them both on a workroup network,but i keep hearing something about domains and stuff,but i dont know anything deep as far as networks go.Will i have any serious advantages if i set them up on a domain?
They have lots of features which i maynever use,but hey are a lot more stable than XP,and liter in my opinion,so why not?
So anyway what would i gain if i set up a domain controller?
Will i have better and easier access to the files?The first PC downloads the files (Internet PC) and the other PC is my main one where i handle the downloaded files and mainly stream media and play them back on the main PC.
As Grumpy has already said, there are no benefits by running Server 2k3, quite the opposite, I can think of a whole host of reasons as to why you wouldnt want to run server software on a desktop.
By the time you've loaded 2k3 up with all the software one typically runs on a desktop pc it will probably be more unstable than XP because its not meant to handle that.
Also games & other apps are not designed to run on an NT OS.
Networking with 2k3 is massively complicated for a beginner and if you dont know what you're doing you will just end up going round in circles for hours when all you want to do is share a folder!
Short story.... install XP Pro for a start.
Then either have a PC kept in the cupboard under the stairs and run 2k3 on it and run your own small domain and also use it as a file server etc. Or stick with a workgroup and if you still like the idea of having a server then try Windows Home Server.