Are there potential issues connecting Vista workstation to XP Pro computer conf. as file server?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Eriq, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. Eriq

    Eriq Guest

    I've always wondered this. At my home office, I have a P4/2GHz/1.5GB
    computer running Windows XP Professional that is used as a file server on my
    home network. It serves no other purpose.

    I also have two workstations running Windows Vista that connect to the XP
    computer to pull data. I haven't noticed anything major in terms of network
    performance, but would I get better network performance if I used Vista (or
    Windows 2003/2008 server) configured as a file server instead?
    Eriq, Dec 28, 2007
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    Chuck [MVP] Guest

    There are performance related improvements in Windows Vista, that effect its use
    as an Internet client. RWin Autotuning is one improvement that doesn't work
    with all equipment.

    Windows Vista, like Windows XP, is a client (or peer) network operating system.
    I'm not aware of any specific changes in Vista, that would make it more useful
    as a server. I suspect too that the increased resource requirements would
    detract from its usefulness.

    Chuck, MS-MVP 2005-2007 [Windows - Networking]
    Paranoia is not a problem, when it's a normal response from experience.
    My email is AT DOT
    actual address pchuck mvps org.
    Chuck [MVP], Dec 28, 2007
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