Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Possible Duplicate:
How is Windows Server different from regular Windows?

What is the difference between server and consumer operating systems - the examples I have in mind being Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2?

Why shouldn't I run Windows 7 on my server? There are a few good questions on here explaining the intricacies of consumer and server grade hardware, but I couldn't find much on operating systems aside from server operating systems not being pre-loaded with consumer software and features like media player, etc.

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by squillman, Sven, mulaz, Khaled, Dave M Aug 30 '12 at 14:51

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

As well as the answers below, you may even struggle to find drivers for all the components of your server in a desktop os - for instance I've installed XP on a couple of Dell 9G servers in the past but had to install a graphics driver from someone like IBM or HP to get the display right. – Robin Gill Aug 30 '12 at 14:58

Windows 7 has a limit to the number of concurrent connections allowed to network services like file shares, print shares, IIS sessions, etc. These limits are low (20 I think), meaning that the client OS is not suitable for use as a server.

Also, roles like DHCP, DNS, AD DS, etc cannot be installed on a client OS, meaning that Windows 7's usefulness as a server is, essentially, nonexistent.

share|improve this answer
Also, the major reason for a corporation to have Windows Servers at all is to make them act as Domain Controllers (servers that co-ordinate and help manage large numbers of windows client machines). Windows 7 cannot act as a Domain Controller. – ItsGC Aug 30 '12 at 14:29
@ItsGC I listed that when I said AD DS - which means Active Directory Domain Services. :) – MDMarra Aug 30 '12 at 14:53
you're throwing a bunch of acronyms at a guy that can't even tell what a server is. I felt that particular technology deserved more than 4 characters, since the entire enterprise strategy of Microsoft has been based on it for the past 25 years. – ItsGC Aug 31 '12 at 4:12
@ItsGC this is a site for professionals. I answer questions assuming a basic level if competency. Or at least a the ability to google things. – MDMarra Aug 31 '12 at 10:08
@ItsGC If you reduce the quality of a community to the lowest common denominator, then you're going to be left with trash. If the OP can't take the time to google those industry-standard acronyms, then they really don't belong here :) – MDMarra Aug 31 '12 at 12:50

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.