to Release Next Generation of Server Operating System
latest product offering in their server line of products is .NET Server
2003. .NET Server 2003 is
replacing Windows 2000 Server. The
product is in Release Candidate 1 status which is the first post-beta
version of the software. General
release will be determined by the success of the RC1 release but is
slated for an end of year release.
Microsoft currently uses the product extensively in-house
including running all of its Web servers on it.
Server 2003 comes in Standard, Enterprise, Data Center, and Web
editions. Recommended system requirements include a Pentium server
running at least 550 Mhz with 256MB of RAM although Microsoft’s stated
requirements are lower.
operating interface resembles Microsoft’s XP interface and uses a
similar task bar to navigate to programs.
In an effort to reduce software piracy, end users must register
their copy of .NET Server with Microsoft within 14 days just like
Windows XP requires.
states that .NET Server 2003 provides improved security, reliability,
availability, and scalability over Windows 2000 Server. More tangible examples of improvements are a Manage Your
Server wizard that allows an administrator to configure about a dozen
common functions such as DHCP, DNS, IIS, Terminal Services, and file
serving. The Active
Directory wizard makes it easier to work with users, groups, and
security settings. Improvements found
in IIS 6 include application pooling which can be used to keep Web
applications up and running, and more flexible clustering and load
your company is currently running Windows 2000 or Windows NT Server v4.0
many experts view .NET Server as the next logical upgrade.
Upgrade timing though is more critical if you are running NT
Server as this product has begun its retirement phase.
Sales through several of the channels have already stopped and
support options will start being limited on January 1, 2003.
Upgrade timing should also consider your willingness to be on the
cutting edge of technology that means possibly installing hot fixes and
patches that are usually common before the first service pack is