Windows server 2003, also recognized as Win2K3, is a server operating system developed under the aegis of Microsoft. The server operating system drew the curtains open with its first version on 20th April 2003. The most recent version of the server operating system was released on 4th February 2008.
Microsoft is certain that Windows Server 2003 is more ascendable and capable of delivering performance par excellence and better than its predecessor, Windows 2000.
A windows server 2003 can pose as the most valuable asset in any organization because of its impeccable and indifferent features. The most generic feature of all the editions of the server OS is that they are capable of sharing files and printers, host message queues, act as an application server and an X. 509 certificate server, provide LDAP directory services and perform other server-oriented functions. Some of them are:
Windows server 2003 includes a number of editions that have been programmed to suit certain size and type of business.
The various types and editions of Windows server 2003 are: Series or types
|Windows Small Business Server||SBS is aimed at meeting the needs of a small business with a complete technology solution. It includes targeted technologies and solutions like Remote Web Workplace that offer management benefits.
The standard edition of SBS comprises of Windows SharePoint Services, Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory. Other basic services include a firewall, DHCP server and NAT router that uses either two or one network card in addition to a hardware router.
|Windows Compute Cluster Server||It was released in 2006 and was designed to provide high-end applications that can be distributed to several computers to be clustered together to yield supercomputing speeds. The server comprises of one controlling head node along with subordinate processing notes that carry out a major portion of the work. It makes use of the Microsoft Messaging Passing Interface v2 for communicating between the processing notes on the cluster network.|
|Windows Storage Server||It is a particular server operating system that is meant for Network Attached Storage (NAS). It is specialized for use in file, print sharing and Storage Area Network (SAN) settings. Unlike other versions of Windows Server 2003 that proffer file and printer sharing functionality, Windows Storage Server 2003 requires no necessity of any client access license. The NAS equipments can be headless i.e. without any monitors, mice, keyboards. The storage capacity is made available to all the users when the devices are plugged into an existing IP network. In addition, the server permits the NAS devices to be connected to a SAN. Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 is a follow up to Windows Storage Server 2003.|
|Editions||No. Of CPUs(physical)||Versions available(32-bit and 64-bit)||Disk drives||NICs||Print service||CALs required||iSCSI target support||Clustering|
Easy to distribute, manage and use
The familiarity of the Windows interface makes it easy to use Windows Server 2003. Several streamlined wizards make the setting up of specific server roles simple. The Active Directory Migration tool makes it easier to upgrade from earlier server operating system.
Class reliability, scalability, availability and performance
Features like Hot Add memory, memory mirroring and health detection in internet information services enhance the reliability of the server. The server provides scalability with a power to easily scale from 1 processor to 64-way Itanium 2 systems. In the process, the server performs better and faster as it provides up to 140 percent better file system performance and performance for Active Directory, Terminal services, XML Web services and networking.
Increased document protections and availability and security
The shadow copy restore feature helps the users to retrieve previous versions of the files in a very short time. The identity management in Active Directory covers an entire network thereby helping to ensure security.