Comparision Between Windows Server 2000 and 2003

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This paper investigates and provides a comparison and contrast between Microsoft’s Windows Server 2000 and Windows Server 2003 in terms of hardware requirements, file processing, security, and server manageability. The term “Server” can refer to software, or to the machine on which the software is running. A single server machine could be running several different server software packages providing many different services to users on the network. Window’s core technologies are not anchored in a small set of persistent central metaphors; they become obsolete every few years. Each of the technology generations — DOS (1981), Windows 3.1 (1992), Windows 95 (1995), Windows NT 4 (1996), Windows 2000 (2000), Windows XP (2002), and Windows Server 2003 (2003) — has required developers and system administrators to relearn fundamental system’s administration in a different way, with the old way declared obsolete and no longer well supported. Microsoft introduced Windows server 2000 after their successful Windows NT 4.0 server line in February 2000. In April 2003, Windows Server 2003 was released as the successor. Hardware requirements for both systems differ. Microsoft’s minimum system requirements for Windows Server 2000 include the following: 133-MHz Pentium or higher central processing unit (CPU). 
A maximum of four CPUs per computer are supported. 256 megabytes (MB) of RAM recommended minimum (128 MB minimum supported; 4 gigabytes (GB) maximum). A hard disk partition with enough free space to accommodate the Setup process. The minimum amount of space required will be approximately 1 GB. More space might be needed, depending on the following: The components being installed: the more components, the more space needed. The file system used: FAT requires 100-200 MB more free disk space than other file systems. The method used for

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