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Windows Server 2003 Editions

Share Windows Server 2003 is an incremental update to the platform and technologies introduced in Windows 2000. If you are coming to Windows Server 2003 with experience from Windows 2000 servers, you will find the transition a relatively easy one. If your experience is with Windows NT 4, welcome to the new world! Windows Server 2003 is available in five editions. Each edition is developed to be used in a specific server role. This enables you to select the operating system edition that provides only the functions and capabilities that your server needs. Web Edition : Windows Server 2003, Web edition, is designed to be used specifically as a Web Server. It is available only through selected partner channels and is not available for retail. Although computers running Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, can be member of an Active Directory domain, you can not run Active Directory on Windows Server 2003, Web Edition. Small Business Server Editions : Windows Server 2003, Small Business Server Edition, delivers a complete business server solution for small businesses with up to 75 workstations and is available in two editions : Standard and Premium. Windows Small Business Server 2003 provides technologies and tools, including e-mail, shared documents and calendars, securityenhanced Internet access and data storage, reliable printing and faxing, and remote administration on a single server. Standard Edition : Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable network operating system that delivers business solutions quickly and easily. This flexible server is the ideal choice for small business and departmental use. Use Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, when your server does not require the increased hardware support and clustering features of Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition. Enterprise Edition : Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Editions, has all the features in Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition. It also provides features not included in Standard Edition that enhance availability, scalability, and dependability. Windows server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is designed for medium to large business. It is the recommended operating system for applications, XML web services, and infrastructure, because it offers high reliability, performance and superior business value. Datacenter Edition : Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is designed for businesscritical and mission-critical applications that demand the highest levels of scalability and availability. The major difference between Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, is that Datacenter Edition Supports more powerful multiprocessing and greater memory. In additions, Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition is available only through the Windows Datacenter program offered to Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs).

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Windows Server 2008 Edition Comparison Jan. 21, 2008 Windows Server 2008 comes in several major editions derived from the same code base. The most important differences among editions are in the number of processors, amount of physical memory, and high-availability features supported. The edition specifically targeted at servers with Itanium CPUs, Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems (IA64), is not listed in the chart, but its features and price are almost identical to the Datacenter Edition listed in the rightmost column.

Windows Server 2008 Web Edition Supersedes Windows Server 2003 Web Edition

Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition Included1

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter x64 Edition Included1

Hyper-V virtualization technology OS instances permitted per server license Maximum server RAM supported 3 Maximum number of CPUs Hot swap RAM and CPUs Cluster Service (failover) Terminal Server Network Access Protection U.S. estimated retail price 7

Not included


One instance (physical or virtual) 32-bit: 4GB 64-bit: 32GB 4 No No No No US$470 per server ( available only without Hyper-

One physical instance plus one virtual instance2 32-bit: 4GB 64-bit: 32GB 4 No No Yes5 Yes6 US$800 per server (US$772

One physical instance and up to 4 virtual instances2 32-bit: 64GB 64-bit: 2TB 8 No4 Yes, up to 16 nodes per cluster Yes Yes US$3,000 per server (US$2,972

Unlimited number of OS instances 32-bit: 64GB 64-bit: 2TB 64 Yes Yes, up to 16 nodes per cluster Yes Yes US$3,000 per processor (US$2,972 per

V) CALs or External Connector required 8


without HyperV) Yes

without HyperV) Yes

processor without Hyper-V) Yes


Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter are also offered in "without HyperV" editions that do not include the hypervisor technology.

When customers exercise the maximum number of OS instances permitted by the server license, the physical OS instance may not be used to run any workload beyond hosting the virtual machines.

A single package contains both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The server license grants the customer the option to use either the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version of the software.

Supports hot addition of memory, but not hot replacement of memory, nor hot add or replacement of processors.

Use of Windows Server 2008's new Terminal Services Gateway capability is limited to 250 connections.

Includes restrictions limiting scalability. Volume licensing customers typically receive additional discounts of 10% to 30%.

Client Access Licenses (CALs) retail for US$40 apiece but are offered to volume customers for as much as 50% off. External Connectors are available only via volume licensing programs. Pricing for an External Connector starts at approximately US$1,800 in the least-discounted programs.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Edition comparison chart[21] Features Foundat Standar Web HPC Enterpr Datacen Itanium

ion Maximum physical memory (RAM) (64-bit) Maximum physical CPUs supported Cross-File Replication (DFSR) Failover Cluster Nodes (Nodes) Fault Tolerant Memory Sync Hot Add Memory Hot Add Processors Hot Replace Memory Hot Replace Processors Network Access Connections (IAS) Network Access Connections (RRAS) Remote Desktop Admin Connections Remote Desktop Services Gateway Virtual Image Use Rights 50 No 8 GB

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No No No No No No 10

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