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Is it possible to use a windows 7 professorial/ultimate as a cheap server? Install IIS and have 40-50 users connected to a tcp service.

We have a customer that dont want to buy a windows server licens and want to use a "normal" windows 7 computer as a server. Will there be any problems with that? Our service that they will use is a TCP service that they connect to though a desktop klient. They will also be using IIS for downloading files. Our service will use SQLExpress as DB

From a quick google i saw something about a limit on concurrent connection. Is that a problem or does that only apply to remote access, which they dont need.

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Side note: I would drop a customer like a hot rock if they didn't want to purchase a copy of Server for, um, serving... –  GregD Apr 4 '11 at 13:24
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because it almost always leads to "here's a copy of Server" on a DVD marked with a sharpie, and a "license key" written down on a piece of paper, followed by, "just install this"... –  GregD Apr 4 '11 at 13:45

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It's not possible that way, you can only have up to 10 connections at the same time on Windows 7.

EDIT: The limit is 20 connecions in Windows 7.

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Windows Web Server 2008 is pretty cheap; if they won't go for that, see if they would be eligible for the BizSpark program.

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From a command prompt with administrative privileges, type "net config server" and it'll show you the connection limit (which, as Ninja said, is 20 on Win7).

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