Designed for businesses of any size, the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition is a fully featured server operating system that includes everything your company needs to get your system up and running, with nothing to get in the way. Read on to see the highlights of the functionality included with this server, including enhancements specifically from the R2 edition, and see what a big change this can make for your company.
Grows With You—One of the many goals of your company is to grow your business, and fortunately, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition is designed to grow right along with you. Go from a single processor system all the way up to a 128-way system, without needing new server software.
More Uptime, Less Downtime—Even when server downtime is planned, it can still eat into your company costs and cause trouble and frustration with your users. With Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition, you can easily keep track of your server at all times and prevent common causes of server reboots and outages by seeing them before they can occur and taking steps to prevent them.
Keep Everything Under One Roof—Connect your intranets, extranets, and the web with optimized support for both XML and .NET. Easily develop, distribute, and host XML web services as well, ensuring that you have everything you need to get up fast.
Headless Server Operation—New in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition is the ability to run your server “headless,” that is, without a monitor, keyboard or mouse dedicated to the server itself. Instead, access the server remotely through a serial web connection, allowing you secure access to the server and able to perform any duties as needed, while saving on hardware costs.
Active Directory Federation Services—Keep your users' happy and make their interactions with your company network smoother than ever by enabling the Active Directory Federation Services, a set of software services that allow your users sign sign-on access to systems and applications located across organizational boundaries. Easily allow them access to software in other locations or remotely. This functions through a claims-based access control authorization model.
Access Microsoft Management Console 3.0—One of the newest versions of the Microsoft Management Console is included in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition to give your system administrators and advanced users an easy-to-use interface for configuring and monitoring the server. They have more control than ever over the server and can management many of its features with great ease.
Microsoft Virtual Server 2005—The Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 is included as part of the R2 enhancement suite for Windows Server 2003, and offers you the ability to easily create virtual machines on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003 operating environments. Easily create and manage these virtual machines and take advantage of their functionality to better develop your software or to test new features.
Windows Services for Unix—A software package included as part of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition, use Windows Services for Unix to create Unix environments on Windows operating systems such as Windows NT.
Data Execution Presentation—This includes support for the No Execute bit which can help prevent buffer overflow exploits that can be used to attack the Windows Server from malicious, external attacks. This is the most common exploit used to attack servers, and now, with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition, you have the means to protect your data.
Window Firewall Enhancements—Originally released as part of the Windows XP Service Pack 2, the firewall enhancements have been moved to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition, along with the Security Configuration Wizard. This allows administrators to more easily manage incoming open ports and will automatically detect and select default roles.