Windows Server 2003 Family
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Windows Server 2003
Q: What is the Windows
Server 2003 Family?
Windows Server 2003 family is the next step in the ongoing evolution of
the Windows server operating systems. Windows Server 2003 builds on the
proven reliability, scalability, and manageability of Windows 2000
Server, to deliver a highly productive infrastructure platform for
powering connected applications, networks, and XML Web services—from the
workgroup to the data center."
Q: What is the Windows 2003 Server Family website?
Q: What are
the upgrade paths for Windows Server 2003?
A: Windows Server 2003 will be upgradeable
from its compatible version of Windows 2000 server. Windows 2000 server
will be upgradeable to Windows Server 2003. You are not allowed to
downgrade the server class (Windows 2000 Advanced Server to Windows
Q: Where can
I find software or hardware compatible with Windows Server 2003?
Windows Server Catalog is the single online source for finding
hardware and software that is officially
compatible with Windows Server.
Hardware with the Designed for
Windows Server logo has passed Microsoft’s tests for quality and
qualifies for Microsoft support. Software with the Certified for Windows
Server 2003 logo has gone through rigorous testing for quality,
performance, scalability, reliability, interoperability and security.
Software listed as Supporting has been tested for quality and lists all
tested technologies that are used by the product, such as the .NET
Framework and Active Directory. To find hardware and software that best
meets your needs, visit the
Windows Server Catalog.
Q: Should I
migrate to Windows Server 2003?
A: Yes, migrate to Windows Server 2003. If you have already started migrating to
Windows 2000 then continue with the existing migration before
considering a new one.
Q: What is the
history of Windows Server 2003's naming?
A: It has a long history, that's for sure! Its initial codename
was Whister (the same as Windows XP's). It was then announced that its
name would be Windows .NET Server. After time, 2003 was added to
the end of that title. On January 9, 2002, it was announced its
newest (and most likely final) name would be Microsoft Windows Server
Q: How can I manage event logs in Windows Server 2003 without
A: Manage and automatically monitor Windows event logs (and also W3C
logs, Syslog events and SNMP Traps) with GFI EventsManager. Free
Q: Now that
it has been released, can I upgrade Windows Server 2003 RC to the RTM
A: Yes, they've designed the upgrade from the
betas to the final to be seamless!
quickly, what has
changed in the newer versions?
A: Windows Server 2003 includes IIS 6.0,
improved Active Directory, clustering improvements, scalability and
security improvements as well. All versions include the .NET
framework and ASP.NET. Every version except for Web Server will include
Enterprise UDDI Services.
Q: Will Product
Activation be required with the 2003 Servers?
Yes. The Windows Server 2003 Family uses Product Activation, including
beta 3, RC 1 and future pre-release versions of the Windows Server 2003
Family. Customers who purchase retail packaged products or a new server
from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) will be required to
activate the software. The software may be activated in the factory on a
new server from an OEM. Product activation will not be required for
licenses acquired by a customer through one of Microsoft’s volume
licensing programs such as Open License or Select License.
Q: Why is
So the massive pirating of the operating system won't occur like it did
in Windows 2000.
Q: Where can I
obtain a trial version of Windows Server 2003?
Click here to set up an account to either order a trial kit, or to
download a 180-day trial of Windows Server 2003.
Q: What was the
A: A timeline including all beta and release candidate milestones
can be found
ActiveWin.com review Windows Server 2003?
A: Yes, a preview of Whistler Server 2003 Beta 2 can be
found here, while a review of the completed Windows Server 2003 can
Q: What advantages are there for developers?
Native support for
XML Web services through standards such as SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI for
A rich set of
integrated distributed application services optimized for performance
and scalability, with revolutionary enhancements for deployment,
management, and security.
with support for loosely and tightly coupled architecture.
with Microsoft Enterprise Servers.
An integrated set
of services—most of what is needed is already in the box.
Native support for
XML Web services (SOAP, WSDL, UDDI).
Managed code and
other Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET features mean less coding for
Visual Studio .NET.
Ability to take
advantage of existing investments with language independence.
Internet Information Services been improved?
A: Yes, it is now version 6.0.
Q: What new
features are available in IIS 6.0?
A: There are many security features in IIS
6.0. The default installation of IIS 6.0 is "locked." Other new features
cryptographic services, advanced digest authentication, and configurable
access control of processes. To increase reliability IIS 6.0 has a
kernel mode HTTP service, dedicated application processes, and a
self-healing mechanism. It also supports Unicode support, metabase
configuration in XML rather than binary files and additional features
set to reduce the number of reboots required.
editions are there of Windows Server 2003?
A: Windows Server 2003 ships in 4 versions: Web
Server, Standard Server, Enterprise Server and Datacenter. Enterprise
Server will take Windows 2000 Advanced Server's place.
Q: What is the
pricing for Windows Server 2003?
A: A list of prices can be
Q: What is
Windows Web Server 2003 all about?
A: Windows Web Server 2003 is designed
specifically to be used as just that - a web server which hosts a single
Q: Will Web
be sold in retail?
A: No, It will only be available to selected
should I do if I want all the features included in Web Server 2003?
Well, luckily, all the features are
available in the other editions of Windows Servers 2003.
Q: Am I
missing anything though by purchasing Windows Server 2003 Standard
Edition instead of Web Server?
A: No, because the Web Server Edition is
stripped down to the bare bones of site management. You do not have
access to UDDI or Active Directory features.
features are specifically missing for Windows Web Server 2003?
A: Enterprise UDDI Services, Cluster Service,
Internet Authentication Service (IAS), Network Bridge, Internet
Connection Sharing (ICS), Metadirectory Services Support (MSS), Remote
Service, Services for
Macintosh, Removable and Remote Storage, Remote Installation Services (RIS),
Internet Connection Firewall, All Major Scalability Features (only
included in Datacenter), Terminal Server and Terminal Server Session
Directory. Partially supported features are Public Key Infrastructure,
Certificate Services, and Smart Cards, Active Directory and Virtual
Private Network (VPN).
Q: What is the
status of Service Pack 1?
A: Service pack one recently entered beta testing. It can be
expected to be released in mid-2004 at the latest.
Q: Has the
setup been improved?
A: Yes, in three different areas. The setup
wizard from Windows 2000 has been enhanced to ease setup tasks. The
Dynamic Update feature allows users to download updated setup files and
drivers from Microsoft directly (even unattended). As with before, users
can also do a detailed compatibility check on their system before
installation. Now patches, drivers, etc. can be downloaded during this
process as needed.
Q: What was
the code name for Windows Servers 2003?
A: Whistler Server.
Q: When was
Whistler Server renamed to Windows Server 2003?
A: June 18, 2001.
Q: When did
the Whistler Server Beta begin?
A: June, 2000.
Windows Server 2003 come in a 64-bit version?
A: Enterprise Server and Datacenter will come
in 64-bit versions, as well as 32-bit versions. Standard Server and Web
Server are only in 32-bit versions.
Q: Where can
I learn about the Windows Server 2003 Application Environment?
A: On MSDN,
happened to the "Configure your Server" Wizard
A: It's been replaced by the "Manage Your
Server" Wizard. The main goal in the new wizard is streamlining specific
tasks such as adding a domain controller.
Q: Can you
tell me more about each of the four versions?
Windows Standard Server 2003—The
dependable server operating system ideal for everyday needs of
business of all sizes, providing the optimal solution for file and
printer sharing, secure Internet connectivity, centralized desktop
application deployment, and a rich connected environment among
employees, partners, and customers.
Windows Enterprise Server 2003—The
platform of choice for large enterprises as well as small and
medium-size businesses to develop, deliver, and secure applications,
Web services, and infrastructure—delivering high reliability,
performance, and superior business value. Windows Enterprise
Server 2003 will be available in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions.
Windows Datacenter Server 2003—Windows
Datacenter Server 2003 is the server of choice for business-critical
and mission-critical applications that demand the highest levels of
scalability and availability. Windows Datacenter Server 2003 will be
available through the Datacenter Program in both 32-bit and 64-bit
Windows Web Server 2003—Optimized
for serving and hosting web pages, while maintaining the core
functionalities that support enhanced reliability, manageability, and
Q: What are
the system requirements for the Windows Servers 2003?
A: They vary by which version you get. All
servers except Datacenter require at least a 133 MHz processor (with the
Enterprise demanding at least 733 MHz for the 64-bit version).
Datacenter needs a 400 MHz processor for 32-bit operations and 733 MHz
for Itanium-based computers. The recommended CPU speed for Web Server
and Standard Server is 550 MHz, and Enterprise and Data Center at 733
The minimum RAM for
all servers except Datacenter is 128 MB, with the recommended amount 256
MB. The minimum for Datacenter is 512 MB with the recommended amount at
1 GB. Web Server supports a maximum of 2 GB. The Standard Server has
support for twice the Web Server, at 4 GB. Enterprise Server can hold
32 GB for x86 based computers and 32 GB for Itanium-based computers.
Datacenter can handle 64 GB RAM for 32-bit computers and 128-GB for the
Web Server and
Standard Server both hold up to two processors, with Enterprise Server
hold up to 8. Datacenter holds a minimum of 8 processors and a maximum
of 32. Enterprise and Datacenter versions can be clustered up to 8
For 32-bit computers,
the disk space required for setup is 1.5 GB while 64-bit computers will
need 2.0 GB.
Q: What are
A: Universal Description Discovery and
Integration (UDDI) is an industry specification for publishing and
locating information about Web Services. The Windows Server 2003 Family
includes native UDDI services for private use within an enterprise or
across business partners.
are standards-based XML Web Services designed for enterprise developers
to efficiently discover, share, and reuse Web Services directly through
their development tools. All enterprise XML Web Services deployed on the
Windows Server 2003 family can take advantage of all the capabilities
provided in the underlying .NET Framework, and are easily discovered and
shared through deployment of the supporting UDDI services. For more
information about UDDI, see the
MSDN UDDI Web site.
Q: What new
features were added to UDDI?
A: The coordinator role has been added, in
addition to other administration features as well as many other
integration and interface improvements.
features aren't in Windows Datacenter 2003 that are in Windows Standard/Enterprise Server
A: Internet Connection Sharing (ICS),
Metadirectory Services Support (MSS), Windows Media Services and the
Internet Connection Firewall.
Q: What are
XML Web Services?
A: XML Web services allow applications to
communicate and share data over the Internet, regardless of operating
system or programming language.
Q: Is the
.NET Framework supported in 64-bit Windows Server 2003 Editions?
Q: What is
the ideal server-network configuration?
A: Windows Server 2003
on the back end with Windows XP Professional on the front end.
Microsoft have a Windows Server 2003 Deployment Guide available?
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