Originally Posted by wee493
But What is a server? what are the advantages of havening one? If i want to turn one of my computers into one do i just install Microsoft server?
A server is just a computer that's dedicated to performing specific tasks in a network environment. A network that employs one or more servers is called a "client/server" network, as opposed to just connecting all the computers directly to one another, which is called "peer to peer".
Servers can be dedicated to a single task, such as managing resources or hosting web content, or they can do several at once.
The advantage to having one (or more) is that the client systems are freed from having to perform any of the overhead tasks associated with networking. Instead of supplying access to resources to each other, the client systems all access the server, which most times does nothing but provide the services for which it has been employed.
If you don't have a large network, or host a web or FTP site, you really don't need one.