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{Advice Given} - Win2000 Server & Win2000 Professional

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by RayMurphy, Feb 15, 2000.

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  1. RayMurphy

    RayMurphy Thread Starter

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    Pretty basic question, perhaps, but here goes anyway.

    As part of my MSDN subscription, I receive copies of Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server (even Windows 2000 Advanced Server).

    I've installed 2000 Professional on my laptop platform, and the installation went very smoothly with no real problems at all - to my great delight all of my existing applications worked fine !! On my laptop, I use a mixture of FrontPage 2000 and Visual Interdev as part of my web development education - with PWS as my web server.

    I was considering installing 2000 Server (or even 2000 Advanced Server) on my desktop platform - one reason is so that I can have a proper look at IIS as the web server (and I've been told IIS only runs on Server), but I suppose mainly out of curiosity so that I can look at 2000 Server.

    As my desktop platform is currently a standalone machine with no network connections at all, would it be OK to install 2000 Server on that platform ? Also, what are the main differences between 2000 Server and 2000 Advanced Server ?

    Any thoughts on this welcomed.

    Ray

     
  2. Reuel Miller

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    Greetings

    I pulled this off M$'s website:

    Windows 2000 Server, the multi-purpose network operating system ideally suited to workgroups and small business environments, lets organizations securely and cost-efficiently Internet-enable their business.

    A separate edition, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, is designed for e-commerce and line-of-business applications. It includes everything in Windows 2000 Server plus availability and scalability features that support higher volumes of users and more complex applications.

    A third edition, Windows Datacenter Server, will be released after Windows 2000 ships on February 17. Datacenter Server will include all Advanced Server features plus greater processing and memory capabilities to meet the needs of intensive online transaction processing (OLTP), large data warehouses and large Internet and Application service providers (ISPs and ASPs).



    So, as far as I can see... if you are just putting it on your own PC, to have a look at IIS... then plain Server is the way to go. Advanced Server might actually be slower, because it does not have a team of Servers connected to it...

    Here are some pages that might be of interest to you:
    http://www.microsoft.com/NTServer/ntserverenterprise/deployment/planguide/highavailweb.asp
    http://www.microsoft.com/WINDOWS2000/library/howitworks/cluster/introcluster.asp
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/library/howitworks/cluster/asoverview.asp
    http://www.microsoft.com/WINDOWS2000/guide/server/pricing/changes.asp

    Hope this helps




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  3. RayMurphy

    RayMurphy Thread Starter

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    Thanks, just what I wanted to hear.

    And extra thanks for the pointers to further info at Microsoft.
     
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