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Which ArcPy (Desktop or Server)?

Question asked by NeoGeo on Oct 9, 2013
Latest reply on Oct 10, 2013 by dhoneycutt-esristaff
While trying to troubleshoot ArcPy import problems on scripts that had been running fine for years until now, I became aware that there are two separate installations, one for server and one for desktop.

1)For scripts being run on a scheduled basis, what determines which is used?  Is it just the first one listed in sys.path? 
2) Can standalone scripts on the ArcGIS server use the server installation, or do they have to use the Desktop installation?
3)Do geoprocessing services always use the server installation no matter what? (I assume yes)
4)I notice that my 10.1 server by default installed server10.1.pth in the c:\python27\ArcGISx6410.1\Lib\site-packages whereas the desktop10.1.pth is in c:\python27\ArcGIS10.1\Lib\site-packages.  Is this really best practice or should I have both use the 32 bit version?

Thank you!