Microsoft Windows .NET Server 2003, RC1

Windows .NET Server 2003 is almost here and many IT depart­ments will be debating whether or not to upgrade their systems. There will be four main editions (Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, and Web), and although the naming scheme is a little confusing, .NET Server’s core features are not far removed from Windows 2000 Server.

The major enhancements for .NET Server revolve around manageability, networking and security. Active Directory has been improved thanks to the feedback Microsoft has received over the past three years. A further reduction in blue screen crashes and minimal occasions requiring reboot will improve server manageability.

Networking features, especially wire­less, have been enhanced and made much more secure. Unneeded services are disabled by default, ensuring that your systems are less vulnerable than in the past.

Microsoft has spent considerable time ensuring that .NET Server’s code is fund­amentally secure. The main reason that this release has been delayed is because the developers were all given a crash course in writing secure code.

Other features that IT administrators will be interested in are IIS6.0, Terminal Services, Volume Shadow Copies, and a new Group Policy Management Console.

The .NET Server schedule has been pushed back to an early 2003 release. Pricing should remain in line with Windows 2000 Server prices.

In brief: Microsoft Windows .NET Server 2003, Release Candidate 1
This latest Windows server looks promising but Microsoft’s greatest challenge will be convincing people with NT4 systems to make the upgrade.
Price: TBA
Phone: 13 2058
URL: www.microsoft.com/australia.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Kieran McNamee

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?