It is a successor to the Windows 2000 operating system
that can be used both as a server
and as a workstation
, where a conversion may be done (although undesirable at the registry level - you essentially get a bloated XP
then) by hand, preferably. The system runs indeed smoothly, but only if a person knows what he is doing. The system is more picky on various drivers' defects, so one has to adjust for example the service "Start" type from Auto (2) to On demand (3). The system also accepts nearly all Windows XP
drivers (the Compatibility tab helps to the rest) so that no faux-pas seen on the Windows XP rise vs. older hardware can surprise you. You can download a Service Pack
1 for this system and integrate it into your installation to fix many bugs and enable the NX bit
-based buffer overrun protection.
To return to the conversion to a desktop environment, I recommend tweaking in gpedit.msc
a lot and copy nusrmgr.cpl
from Windows XP to simplify the user management. You use the said Group Policy Editor to remove the "Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete" nag screen, remove the asking for the reason for shutdown etc.
Right now, I'm running many services and applications on my Windows Server 2003 box. They include all of the common internet services - the web, secure HTTP, FTP, DNS, DHCP, NAT routing with port forwarding and countless small ones. As for the user interface
), I use StyleXP. All "serious" applications work, I can play GTA:SA, DOOM 3, Manhunt, Postal 2 and most other such games under this OS.
An extremely stable and rock solid server operating system that is surprisingly made by microsoft. This software may allow windows to compete with linux and other better server OS's.
Bob: Hey man, I didn't know Windows Server 2003 was made my Microsoft!
Jim: yeah, the fact that it never crashes is something totally new to Microsoft.
The other definitions are correct: Windows Server 2003 is very stable, and it is rather surprising that Microsoft could accomplish writing such an OS. It definitely pwns Mac OS X Server and is almost worthy of comparison with some Linux server systems.
Yay, I just bought Windows Server 2003.