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Windows Server 2003 - Overview, Variants of the

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Windows Server 2003, also known as version 5.2, was released in April of 2003. It is the second release, after the Windows 2000 Server and mixes features from Windows XP to make them compatible with the new server. The Windows 2003 server allows for the use of older applications with greater ease. Windows NT 4.0 is highly compatible with the Windows Server 2003. In addition to various other changes were the inclusion of the IIS web server, a Distributed File System, Terminal Sever, Print Server, and an Active Directory. Windows Server 2003 was the first release following Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative and, therefore, contains various security functions that previous servers cannot even come close to in technological advance.

Variants of the Windows Server 2003

The Windows Server 2003 has several variants, but all of them are able to share files, act as a server, host messages, provide emailing systems, provide directory services, serve media streaming, etc.

Small Business Server Windows Server 2003

The Small Business Server Windows Server is utilized mostly by smaller businesses. Technologies let small businesses access the Remote Web Workplace and include an integrated setup along with remote access, better monitoring, and a unified console. The Standard Edition of the Small Business Server Windows Server 2003 includes services for collaboration, emailing, faxing, and an active directory. Basic firewall is provided as well. The DHCP server and NAT router use one of two network cards and the hardware router in their applications. The Premium Edition of the Small Business Server Windows Server 2003 includes everything listed above as well as the Microsoft SQL Server 2000, internet security and the Acceleration Server 2004. The Small Business Server Windows Server 2003 has its own Client Access License that costs more than those for the other editions of Windows Server 2003. The Small Business Server Client Access License includes the user Client Access Licenses for Windows Server, SQL Server, ISA Server, and the Exchange Server. The extra cost is from the purchase of each server individually.

Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition

The Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition is made for businesses that need excellent security and reliability. It supports anywhere from eight to sixty-four processors. Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition allows memory usage on a case by case basis. If supported by Windows, the system allows for a Static Resource Affinity Table. Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition can use this table to access memory and provide NUMA to applications. This increases the efficiency of memory management among other things. Each cluster has its own storage and all of the clusters are connected to a Storage Area Network that can run on Windows and various operating systems. The Storage Area Network can be connected to other computers, too.

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