Posted 20 February 2006 - 06:33 AM
acklan gave you a good local storage idea. by definition, a server>is a computer that serves information>now, that could be anything, it is a broad topic, and mostlt logical by definition unless you have major big network. a server could serve either, and a combo of, dhcp addresses, dns addresses, proxy, data, mail, and of course the domain server.
in your case, BOTH your computers will be "servers", by popular definition. one laptop will have data the other will want, and the other will have data to give the first one. this is called (in a logical network topology) a P2P (peer to peer)network, while both computers exchanging data are actually serving info to each other, and henceforth, "servers". as opposed to a bigger network, where you have a NOS (Network Operating System), which can serve as data server , domain controller, active directory. dont get too confused. yours is sinmple. get a router, hook 'em both up, make some local changes on the computer, and voila! you have two computers that can exchange info! and throw in a router witth a print server installed, or a network data storage device port, and you have made it even more efficient for those purposes. the thing you have to do,, is answer what u want your network to do for you.