Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard R18 Edition includes everything you need to get your server up and running with a painless installation process. Enjoy all of the best features a server can provide. Read on to see some of the highlights.
Integrated Support for .NET—Newly added into Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard R18 Edition is support for the.NET Common Language Runtime (CLR) which is a huge step forward for not only the .NET Framework but also for your business. Now you can run .NET applications immediately on your server with no trouble. Plus, you don't need any additional runtime components either!
Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration Service—Support for the Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration service (UDDI) is included in all versions of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard R18 Edition. This allows you to host your own web services directory to support local web service applications.
Installations Now Support RIS—Newly added to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard R18 Edition is support for RIS to perform Windows Server installations. You can use this feature to allow .NET RIS to install all versions of the Windows Server 2003, not just Windows Server 2003 Standard R18 Edition, in addition to Windows XP and Windows 2000. Your installation will be smoother than ever before!
Headless Server Operations—No decapitations here! Instead, you can now run your Windows Server without needing a dedicated keyboard, monitor, or mouse just for the server hardware itself. Instead, you can remotely manage and even restart the system through a serial connection. However, in order to take advantage of this feature, your hardware must have the proper BIOS files to run without a dedicated video card. But with this feature enabled, you can access the server from any machine on the network!
IIS 6 Support—Redesigned from the ground up, you can now use Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard R18 Edition to access IIS 6 software. This supports a more robust architecture, an XML-based metabase, and an automatic application-recycling feature that can programmatically restart failed applications quickly and easily.
Replicated and Duplicate Your Active Directory Database from External Media—You can now replicate a complete copy of your Active Directory Database to external media, such as a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or even a tape, quickly and easily. You can now perform initial Active Directory populations with ease and greater speed than ever before.
Resultant Set of Policies—Addressing concerns originally established in Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard R18 Edition includes a new Resultant Set of Policies (RSoP) feature that allows you to study the effect of policy settings on users and network computers before you implement them. This allows you to see what effects the policy changes will have on your users before making any changes and gives you new tools to debug these policies.
Easily Rename Active Directory Domains—Active Directory may offer excellent security, but often this came at the price of the user experience. Now, though, in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard R18 Edition, you can easily change a domain's DNS and NetBIOS names, which makes it easier than ever to manage your software and policies.
Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)--A new feature introduced in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard R18 Edition is the Volume Shadow Copy Service, or VSS, which allows you to save your data from a specific point in time and perform backups from that point in time. This allows you to easily roll back changes you made if they clash with the hardware already deployed or if the consequences of a change were more far-reaching than expected.