Running Windows Server 2003

OK, I’ve joined the modern world. I’ve been running Windows Server 2003 here for more than a week. You know, I’m impressed. This is the first time I’ve seen Microsoft not add UI googaw and not force crap on me. In fact, the OS came with IIS turned off. All non-essential services turned off. No Windows Messenger.

But, looking under the covers, they’ve done a lot of stuff to make server-administrator’s lives better. Plus, they made this thing freaking rock. Did you see the new NEC server specs? Whew. Hey, I gotta go talk to the server group. Think I could trade a Tablet for one of their new 32-processor jobs? Heh.

Anyway, I’m not gonna give you the press release bull puckey but if you’re gonna deploy some Windows servers soon, you should take a serious look at Windows Server 2003. Just one point the team wants you to remember: they worked very hard to make this the most secure OS out there. Did they get there? We’ll see, but the team set the bar extremely high — they reviewed every line of code in the product and pulled out quite a few buffer overrun issues that would have given hackers a potential way into your system. Certainly this is far more secure than previous Windows releases.

Microsoft still needs to do a much better job of delivering patches and security information to IT managers, though. This release certainly won’t solve all of IT’s problems, but it goes a long way to giving us a more secure and trustworthy system. [The Scobleizer Weblog]

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