Problem solve Get help with specific problems with your technologies, process and projects.

Can I use Windows 2000 Professional as a file server?

I have two questions and I would appreciate it if you could help me. We are planning to upgrade our servers from...

Windows NT to Windows 2000:

  1. In some sections of our company (which has less than 10 users,) we have Windows NT Workstation running as a file server. My first question is, can I do the same with Windows 2000 Professional?

  2. If our office in San Diego exchanges information with our company in New Jersey, there are completely different segments in the IP addresses. They also don't have a DNS if we install a domain controller and control the users with Active Directory. Will we have problems with exchanging data or applications between these two locations?

Yes, you can use Windows 2000 Professional as a file server. Note that Win2KPro (as opposed to Server) cannot allow more than 10 simultaneous NetBIOS connections at any given time. With the small size of your company, that shouldn't be a problem.

In regards to your second question, this will depend on what kind of "data" or "apps" you're talking about. Unless you're trying to get both divisions to use the same DC -- something that might be difficult over a wide network without tunnelling or something similar -- I'm a little hard-pressed to see what problems may arise.

This was last published in June 2002

Dig Deeper on Enterprise infrastructure management

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.