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I'm looking for a good definition explaining the difference between desktop PCs and servers. Do you know of a good reference, either link or book?
The only real difference between the two is the use to which it is placed. If the system offers services to a network, it is called a server. If it is used to grant a user access to a network, then it is a client (or a desktop PC). The hardware or power of a system does not indicate what role it will play.