Windows 2003/Windows XP security question

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Subject: Windows 2003/Windows XP security question
Posted by:  smoke…
Date: 18 Nov 2006


I have a question that's been bugging me a little...

Suppose I have a machine that needs to be on the internet, e.g. SMTP
Gateway, FTP server etc. The actual box would be a high spec desktop
machine rather than a dedicated HP server.

What OS would be the best to use? Windows 2003 Server or Windows XP
Pro? Is Windows 2003 Server actually more secure than Windows XP? Or is
XP recommended here because it is a desktop machine, although 2003 will
work fine on it.

Network wise, we are using a Cisco PIX 506E firewall that will assign
the box a NAT address.

Would be grateful for any advise...