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Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 Administrator's Companion by Victor Isakov, Stacia Misner, Burzin Patel, Marcilina Garcia, Edward Whalen

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Understanding Windows Platform Support

The Windows operating system comes in several variants, each targeted towards a particular size and type of business. Understanding and determining the most appropriate one for your SQL Server 2005 deployment is almost as important as selecting the correct edition of SQL Server 2005.

SQL Server 2005 can be installed and run on Windows 2000, Windows 2003, and Windows XP. These three operating systems are described briefly in the following list:

  • Windows 2000

    Windows 2000, also referred to as Win2K, W2K, or Windows NT 5.0, was released in February 2000 as a successor to Windows NT 4.0. It is designed to work with uniprocessor and Symmetric Multi Processor (SMP) systems, with editions targeted specifically for the ...

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