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Windows Server 2003

June 29, 2004 ·

At CFUN they were giving away evaluation copies of Windows Server 2003. 180-day evaluations. I figured I'd install it and have a play (on Virtual PC). One file failed to load in the install - no idea whether or not it is important - and I ended up seeming to do the install twice which was a bit of a pain. The look and feel of the installer was pretty slick but the end result seemed to be a 'classic' Windows system with a bunch of extra server-related options. I somehow expected the 'cartoon' UI to appear and have no idea how to enable that...
The security seems to be insanely tight. I can't browse any website without approving it first. Interesting. I'm hoping to spend some more time trying it out and will blog about what I think...

Tags: personal

8 responses

  • 1 John B // Sep 8, 2004 at 5:04 PM

    No 'cartoon' interface in 2003 Server, besides that's the one service i kill on XP 'Themes' - it takes up 10Mb of memory!!! Plus, considering there's only been less than a dozen 'fixes' since it's release Microsoft have almost got things right with 2003 Server! The only annoying thing i've found is you have to give it a reason each time you want to reboot/shutdown/restart it! You have to modify the local system policy to rid the annoyance!<br /><br />IIS6 was a full rewrite from scratch (allegedly) improving it's security no end!
  • 2 Alex Hubner // Sep 8, 2004 at 5:04 PM

    Sean, you might want to read this:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.infoworld.com/article/04/06/25/26secadvise_1.html">http://www.infoworld.com/article/04/06/25/26secadvise_1.html</a><br /><br />[]'s<br />Alex
  • 3 Ivo Daniel Silva // Sep 8, 2004 at 5:04 PM

    I've been playing with Windows .NET aka 2k3 since it became beta, and i was prety impressed with it not just for the performance, but how IIS6 handles his configuration ( a nice xml format ) , anyway, you *CAN* turn windows 2k3 into a normal desktop OS, play games, listen to audio, turn style's on, ect ... by default they are turned off, but they are not gonne at all. Check <a href="http://www.visualwin.com">http://www.visualwin.com</a> for examples, you have many how-to's to do just that.
  • 4 Matt Woodward // Sep 8, 2004 at 5:04 PM

    We upgraded from W2K to Windows 2003 right after it was released and have been very pleased with the improvements, particularly with the stability of CFMX. Since I'm the administrator of these servers I sleep much better at night now! Just thought I'd throw that out there.
  • 5 Steven Ringo // Sep 8, 2004 at 5:04 PM

    Indeed the cartoon interface IS available, its just not there by default.<br /><br />This is very interesting and explains how to get the coll stuff back into 2k3 to get it to behave line XP:<br /><a href="http://www.msfn.org/win2k3/">http://www.msfn.org/win2k3/</a>
  • 6 Rik // Sep 8, 2004 at 5:04 PM

    I only have read very high level overviews of .NET, but it'd be cool if CF had native .NET support.
  • 7 Sean Corfield // Sep 8, 2004 at 5:04 PM

    Rik, what do you mean by "native .NET support"?<br /><br />If you mean the ability to call .NET assemblies from CF, you should look at Black Knight which works with both CF5 and CFMX.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.montarasoftware.com/go/9d58a59e-df02-1157-affb-e87c411e1c8f">http://www.montarasoftware.com/go/9d58a59e-df02-1157-affb-e87c411e1c8f</a><br /><br />Although I believe ownership has reverted to Guy Rish's company (he wrote Black Knight in the first place).
  • 8 Robert Baron // Sep 8, 2004 at 5:04 PM

    Overall, Win 2003 is a really stable product.