What is the difference between server OS and desktop OS

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  • Apr 21st, 2010

Server OS is specially designed for running backend services like DHCP, DNS, SQL and IIS etc.
and Desktop OS is special designed for running front end application and softwares.

server OS manages Network resources centrally along with its internal resources. desktop OS Manages only its internal resources(like memory, cpu, i/o, user interface).

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Amol Patil

  • Oct 10th, 2012

1.With server OS we can manage desktop OS. Server Os is higher version of Desktop OS.
2.server OS gives centralized administration for users shared resources higher security.
But Desktop OS gives local machine administration only.
3.Server OS is fully covered & managed security. For (ex) Domain Controller application server print server etc. We make server with security. for Desktop OS Normal PC. We make low level security.

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  • May 14th, 2013

As name says Desktop OS is mainly used for client computers for normal users like windows98. 2000, xp, 7 etc. and server OS is mainly used for managing users and network resources and used by Administrator like Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008, R2

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  • Jun 8th, 2014

A server OS is similar to cloud. Think of a central computer that shares everything with an "N" number of other computers. Higher security, everything is backed up. BUT you cannot actually open or run anything, like adobe or photoshop from a server.

A Desktop OS is single and centralized. When you save a file, it is saved to the desktop not a server. Only you can access a file, but you can open and run the file, unlike a server. The security is lower and if your files are not backed uo then you will lose them in the event of a crash. They both have pros and they both have cons.

If you run a business with more than a couple of employees, you want a server with your desktop. If you are using it for personal use, then you want a desktop. You can use cloud to save your files or backup to a disk in case of a crash.

- BSIT in software engineering

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  • Jan 28th, 2015

Server OS:- An Os which is designed for the server computer for e.g. windows Server 2000,2003 and 2008

CientOs: An OS which is designed for the client computers for e.g. . windows xp, windowsME, Vista, windows7 &

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vignesh athithan

  • Feb 17th, 2015

sever operating system was design for machines which are responsible for all the operation done in the network. but client side os designed to manage the particular system operation.

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  • Mar 26th, 2015

Server has high memory capacity as well as performance. Mainly it used to perform centralized service for the large amount of users in a network .
Desktop is not able to perform centralized management.

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  • Apr 7th, 2015

A client operating system is generally a single user operating system where only 1 user can be actively using the computer at any one time. Video and audio are important to the users to have a rich experience.
A server operating system is a multi-user operating system where it is optimized for multiple user access at the same time sharing all of the resources. Audio services may be limited and the video experience is not very important as many servers do not have dedicated monitors or keyboards (operate headless)

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  • Jun 10th, 2015

server has large memory for collecting data and as well as it has higher security. If you save the data in server nobody cant change the data from server. But desktop is not higher security compare to the server.

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  • Aug 31st, 2015

Server os is having administration for the network but client os is having admin access to maintain locally.

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sanjeev jalotia

  • Oct 16th, 2015

Server O.S also called NoS (Networking Operating System) this OS have a ability management Service like a DNS,
DHCP, File Server, AD. But case of OS (Operating System) have a only service like DNS, DHCP, you are only start and stop service.

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  • Dec 29th, 2015

Server OS which provides the services like DHCP, DNS, AD. etc, when desktop OC or Client OS which is utilize the resources by providing server OS services

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  • Dec 29th, 2015

Server OS:

1.Sitting @ one location in organization, we can manage all the machines in that organization.
like:Provind Screen saver
2.File server
3.Block or allow the IP address
4.Prinet server
5.Create users, reset users passwords
6.Pushing Software's to client machines

Finally it is OS for providing services for Client machines

Client Machine:

Which uses server provided services.

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  • Jan 26th, 2016

Server OS gives centralized administration for users, shared resources and security where as desktop OS gives access to only local user or administration.

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  • May 27th, 2017

Server OS centralized administrator of users

Desktop OS only local administrator users

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Mohammad Tarique

  • Sep 19th, 2018

Server OS :- In Server Os all Machine are client and one Machine is server
Whos access and maintain the all security
In server OS having centralize control
Client OS :- In Client OS client system in work group
No centralize control
No much secure as compare with server os

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