I know next to nothing about servers and even less on how to create one. I would appreciate it very much if I can have some advice on what to consider and such. In our current game project there will be an online multi player section and this is what I must begin working on. So setting up a simple server to test against is my first goal. The setup only needs capacity for up to 10 players at this time. I have the alpha version of the server side game app. The hardware I have: ADSL modem D-link DGL-4300 router 1 laptop wireless 1 stationary PC, WinXP home sr3, 3 Ghz, 3 Gb ram 1 stationary PC, WinXP home sr3, 3 Ghz, 2 Gb ram (the server to be) 8 Mbit ADSL connection (with approx 6.7 Mbit actual speed) --------------------------- Here are some basic Q:s. Can I keep XP as system on the server machine? Will everything on it be "open" to the connected users? I'd prefer if I can keep some apps and files on it because this is also a render machine. Can I keep Zonealarm and Avast (anti virus) on it? Do I need any other apps to make it a server besides my server side game app? Any advice/help appreciated.