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Does anyone know the details as to the differences between the TCP/IP stack in Windows Server 2008 (Standard) vs Windows 7 Ultimate?

This question pertains to TCP/IP ONLY.

I know that Windows 7 and Server 2008 have a unified driver model -- so the driver portion of the TCP/IP stack is, theoretically the same.

On precisely the same hardware, supporting a heavily loaded TCP/IP app, will the Server 2008 TCP/IP stack offer any advantages over a out of the box Windows 7 Ultimate box?

I have heard many (vauge) insinuations as to advantages of the server's stack, but have never seen anything concrete like: Server supports a XYZ megabyte flux capacitor buffer, while Windows 7 only supports a 2 mb flux capacitor buffer...

A link to a tech doc or site outlining the differences would be awesome.

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Just to clear some things up, Windows Server 2008 (sp1) is comparable to Windows Vista SP1... so for Windows 7, the server version it equals is Server 2008 R2... –  Oskar Duveborn Feb 4 '10 at 23:29

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Here is a doc on server but boy, geek technical info for 7 is as rare as common sense at my company...

TCP/IP on 2008 link text

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This is a bit olique, but in Windows XP there was a hard limit of 10 client connections. I imagine there is some similar restriction in 7.

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Actually, no. The limit is only for 10 half-open connections, not total connections. Additionally, we need to define a 'connection'. Whether a machine is listening on a port or simply connecting to one are two different things. It appears that the limit is much lower on the former as it is on the latter. –  rawpower Jan 10 '13 at 8:55

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