Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003

Successor to Windows 2000, the Windows Server 2003 (codenamed Whistler Server, or Windows NT 5.2 or even Windows .NET Server 2003) is a step in the evolution of the number of server operating systems from Microsoft. The launch of Windows Server 2003 took place April 24, 2003. Windows Server 2003 builds on the proven stability of Windows Server 2000 and compatibility with other features of Windows XP.

Initially, the name of the new operating system had to be “.NET Windows Server 2003″ to promote the new Microsoft .NET. To avoid confusion, Microsoft has decided to dedicate the word .NET only to Microsoft .NET and the .NET Framework.

Features of Windows Server 2003:

  • Terminal Services
  • Internet Information Services (IIS): Now in version 6, enhanced performance and above all dedicated to ASP .NET web applications
  • Active Directory
  • Increased the level of security through an internal firewall and the limited opening of services that may be unnecessary and dangerous.

New Features of Windows Server 2003

Compared to Windows 2000 Server, several features were added:

  • New Active Directory features (such as the ability to cancel classes in the diagrams);
  • New features of Group Policy;
  • New features for disk management and backup of data (note the open file backup);
  • Integration. Net Framework 1.1;
  • New tools and scripting languages.

Service Pack 1

On March 30, 2005, Microsoft released the first major update for Windows Server 2003. Many new features in Service Pack 1 can match it to Service Pack 2 for Windows XP (Service Pack on which this is based). Some updates include:

  • Hot Patching: Now, when installing patches, drivers, or any update, you must restart the operating system;
  • Windows Firewall: Features and already upgraded (as in Windows XP), increases the level of security of the entire system, ISA version only in the “Enterprise”;
  • Post-Setup Security Updates: When you just installed Windows Server 2003, this new feature will automatically download all new patches released and blocks all incoming connections to allow you to properly configure the server and prevent computer attacks;
  • Data Execution Prevention (DEP): Support for the No Execute (NX), helps to estimate vulnerability, especially for the buffer overflow;

A complete list of new features of Service Pack 1 is here:

Windows Server 2003 R2

A major upgrade of Windows Server 2003 R2 was officially released on December 6, 2005.

Some updates include:

  • Integration Branch Office Server Management
  • Or, centralized management of files and printers;
  • Or, implement the interface management namespace Distributed File System (DFS);
  • Identity Management and Access
  • Data Management
  • Implemented or the File Server Resource Manager, which regulates and registers all file operations;
  • Advanced Management or a possible Network Storage Area Network (SAN);
  • Server Virtualization
  • or implements a new licensing that allows for up to 4 virtual instances.

Service Pack 2

In May 2006 he began beta testing Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. After nearly a year of development, March 14, 2007 is released in final version, initially in English only.

Windows Server 2003 Editions

There are different editions of Windows Server 2003, each according to different business requirements:

  • Web Edition
  • Standard Edition
  • Enterprise Edition
  • Data center Edition
  • Small Business Server
  • Storage Server
  • Compute Cluster Server

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