Windows NT4 Workstation versus Server

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 16 July 1999 / Last Updated on 16 July 1999]

When thinking of Windows95/98 of being the little brother or Windows NT4 workstation, then Windows NT4 Server is the BIG brother.

What are the main differences (except the price ) ?

1) Domain versus Workgroup
Windows NT4 workstations are not able to act as a Domain controller.
A domain requires at least ONE NT server.

2) additional Administration Tools

NT4 WorkstationNT4 Server

3) additional Network Services
NT4 server offer more Services in the Network-applet
(Marked in Red the Service only available on NT4 Server, not available on NT workstation)

4) Dialup-Networking (DUN)/Remote Access Service (RAS)

While both Windows NT4 Workstation and Server can be configured for
multiple modems, you are limited on NT4 Workstation to a SINGLE active
Modem connection, while NT4 Server supports up to 256 simultaneous
modem connections (important, since it allows multiple VPN incoming connection
on NT server).

5) Additional Disk-Manager functionality

While both NT4 Workstation and Server support FAT and NTFS file-systems,
only NT4 Server support "Fault-Tolerance" disk-configurations.

There are additional (more minor) differences in other tools
( like the User-manager, which has under NT4 Server additional features to handle Domains.)

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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.


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