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Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell by Mitch Tulloch

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New Features and Enhancements

Anyway, now that I’ve vented my frustration a bit, I have to confess that I feel the new features and enhancements in WS2003 far outweigh the silly or unnecessary changes described earlier. Not only is WS2003 a more scalable platform than W2K, it’s also more manageable and secure. Because this book focuses on the core tasks of everyday administration, this section highlights key new features W2K administrators should be aware of as you prepare to transition to WS2003, more or less in the order you might discover them as you start playing around with the new platform.

Activation

If you’ve tried installing WS2003, you’ve already been prompted to activate your product, unless you’re an enterprise client with some sort of volume licensing agreement with Microsoft. Activation is an antipiracy measure implemented by Microsoft on Windows XP and later; see Installation in Chapter 4 for more information. Whether Activation is a plus or a minus is debatable, but it’s a fact of life from now on.

Stay Current

When you first log on to WS2003 as Administrator, you’ll be confronted with a notification bubble (or whatever they call it) that says “Stay current with Automatic Updates.” This Automatic Updates feature was first included in Service Pack 3 for W2K, so you may already be familiar with it. If not, see Automatic Updates in Chapter 4 for more information about using this feature to automatically download and install the latest security patches from Microsoft as ...

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