Microsoft showcases Windows Server 2003

Microsoft will be showcasing Windows Server 2003 throughout the five days of this year's Gitex.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  September 29, 2003

Microsoft will be showcasing Windows Server 2003 throughout the five days of this year's Gitex.

Launched earlier in the year, the server operating system is being touted as easier to manage and more feature-rich than it predecessors and capable of delivering improved reliability, better availability and increased scalability.

The product also includes, among other key features, an application platform with built-in application server functionality on top of extensive operating system capabilities.

The server operating system will act as a replacement for many instances of NT 4. Unlike its predecessor, Windows Server 2003 is built on the .Net platform, which allows companies to quickly develop XML-based web services. This process is facilitated by a number of features, such as a web services toolbox and default .XML file types.

According to Microsoft, by utilising the web services tools in the operating system, companies will be able to give new life to old applications without needing to overhaul either the code they are written in or the hardware they sit on. "[Companies] want to offer users the power to utilise the content and information that is available in [legacy] applications. To do that, they can put Windows Server 2003 in the middle [between the hardware and the application] and take the data in an XML web service and expose it to users," explains Haider Salloum, server marketing manager, South Gulf, Microsoft.

"This is where the XML services power becomes a very interesting idea because it creates a new dimension of value for what you had before by using some of the new technology. We think this will give a lot of companies a better return on investments that they have already made," he adds.

Alongside web services tools, Windows Server 2003 also offers over 200 other improved management features. For instance, when used on a file and print server, the operating system allows administrators to allocate disc quota on a per user basis, which will limit storage demands on the server. There is also a tool that automates the replication of files across a network, and another that enables printing via the Internet.

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