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Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003, released April 24th 2003.

Windows Server 2003 takes the best bits of Windows 2000 but makes it easier to deploy, manage and use. Windows Server 2003 is available in four different editions:

Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition
Standard Edition is the reliable network operating system that delivers business solutions quickly and easily. This flexible server is the ideal choice for small businesses and departmental use.

  • Supports file and printer sharing.
  • Offers secure Internet connectivity.
  • Allows centralized desktop application deployment.

    Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition
    Enterprise Edition is built for the general-purpose needs of businesses of all sizes. It is the platform of choice for applications, Web services, and infrastructure, delivering high reliability, performance, and superior business value.

  • Is a full-function server operating system that supports up to eight processors.
  • Provides enterprise-class features such as eight-node clustering and support for up to 32 GB of memory.
  • Is available for Intel Itanium-based computers.
  • Will be available for 64-bit computing platforms capable of supporting 8 processors and 64 GB of RAM.

    Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition
    Datacenter Edition is built for business-critical and mission-critical applications that demand the highest levels of scalability and availability.

  • Is the most powerful and functional server operating system Microsoft has ever offered.
  • Supports up to 32-way SMP and 64 GB of RAM.
  • Provides both eight-node clustering and load balancing services as standard features.
  • Will be available for 64-bit computing platforms capable of supporting 64 processors and 512 GB of RAM.

    Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
    Web Edition is provided for both Web serving and hosting.

  • Is provided for building and hosting Web applications, Web pages, and XML Web Services.
  • Is designed to be used primarily as an IIS 6.0 Web server.
  • Provides a platform for rapidly developing and deploying XML Web services and applications that use ASP.NET technology, a key part of the .NET Framework.
  • Is easy to deploy and manage.

    Windows Server 2003 introduces:

    XML Web services - IIS 6.0 security settings are locked down during setup by default to ensure that only required services are running. This change from earlier versions significantly reduces initial security risks. Using the IIS Security Lockdown wizard, server functionality is enabled or disabled based on the administrator's requirements.

    Directory services - Active Directory security settings for users and network resources span from the core to the edge of the network, helping you make a secure end-to-end network a reality.

    Update management - Auto Update provides the ability to systematically download critical operating system updates, such as security fixes and security patches. Administrators select when to install these critical operating system updates.

    Internet Firewall - Connecting to the Internet is more secure with the built-in Internet Connection Firewall. The integration of an Internet Firewall in the operating system also reduces capital costs necessary to connect to the Internet.

    Remote Access - Dial-up users can be quarantined via administrator policy. They can be prevented from accessing the network until their system is verified to have administrator-specified software such as virus detection updates.

    Application Verification - Applications running on Windows Server 2003 can be tested and verified using the Application Verifier tool. This tool focuses on subtle issues such as software heap corruptions and compatibility issues.

    Server event tracking - Administrators can report an accurate record of uptime using the new server shutdown tracker. It writes Windows events for server shutdowns to a log file.

    Configure your server wizards - The Configure Your Server wizard is an easy-to-use wizard that steps administrators through the process of setting up various server roles such as a file server, print server, remote access server, and other roles to ensure components are installed and configured correctly the first time.

    Manage your server wizards - The Manage Your Server wizard provides an easy to use interface for ongoing management of the server, making it easy to perform such common tasks as adding new users and creating file shares.

    Remote Server Administration - With Remote Desktop for Administration (formerly known as Terminal Services in Remote Administration mode), administrators can manage a computer from virtually any other computer on the network. Remote Desktop for Administration is specifically designed for server management.

    Remote Assistance - Administrators can use Remote Assistance to control a remote desktop computer. If the administrator or help-desk staff has an invitation from the remote user, Remote Assistance is a convenient way to connect to a remote computer from a computer running Windows XP or any edition of Windows Server 2003. After connecting to the remote computer, the person giving assistance will be able to view the remote computer's screen and chat in real time with the system user. If the person requesting assistance allows it, the assisting person can even control the remote computer's mouse and keyboard.

    Shadow Copy - This feature provides consistent, point-in-time versions for network shares. Administrators can view network folder contents as they existed at points of time in the past. End users can recover accidentally deleted files or folders on network shares without requiring system administrator intervention.

    Windows Media Services - Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition includes Windows Media Services for distributing streaming audio and video over corporate intranets and the Internet.

    Windows System Resource Manager - The Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) is a Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, and Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, feature that enables an administrator to allocate CPU and memory utilization on a per application basis. This is a useful tool for server consolidation.

    Overall Windows Server 2003 is Microsoft's best server release ever, it encorporates everything Windows 2000 has and more. Its more stable, faster and production is increased when using this product.

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