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Thanks to the Moderator for the informative, encouraging reply to my inquiry about transitioning to an XP SP2 environment.

To recap, my objective is to have WinFax Pro 10.3 or 10.4 running on one computer whose sole function will be (1) to receive faxes from two external serial modems, (2) to print out those faxes as they are received and (3) to serve as host for six XP SP2 workstations.

As faxes are received, they will be printed. WinFax Pro 10.3 or 10.4 will also be running on the XP SP2 workstations to allow users to review received faxes on the host and to “print” desired pages to a PDF driver.

I am an attorney (should I disclose this?). My office receives nearly all new matters from our clients via fax. Nearly all of our outbound communications are by snail mail or e-mail. We send relatively few faxes. When we do, we use an ordinary fax machine. Accordingly, my WinFax implementation will only be concerned with fax reception, not with fax transmission.

The Moderator’s informative reply has caused me to think further about my implementation of WinFax. I now have some additional questions that I hope you can help me with:

1. I can choose either a Windows 98SE or an XP SP2 computer to function as the host computer. Since the XP box is several years newer, I would prefer to use it unless this forum’s experience is that Windows 98SE would be a more stable and reliable host. Keeping in mind that whichever computer I choose will serve as host to XP SP2 workstations, which platform would members of this forum recommend that I use?

2. Should the host and client installations of WinFax communicate over our Microsoft Small Business 2003 network or as peer-to-peer?

3. Can the installation of WinFax running on the host computer be configured so that no one other than I can delete faxes? (That way, if some are inadvertently deleted, I can only blame myself.)

4. Is there an issue with WinFax being able to automatically print out incoming faxes by using a printer on a Small Business 2003 network?

I appreciate your responses. I would prefer implementing the new WinFax configuration with as few glitches as possible. That way, (hopefully) I won’t have to post numerous questions in the future asking why something isn’t working.

Thanks in advance for your input.