Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, takes the best of Windows 2000 Server technology and makes it easier to deploy, manage, and use. The result is a highly productive operating system that is more secure, reliable, highly available, and scalable. At a high level, Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, provides support for:
Advanced networking features such as Internet Authentication Service (IAS), the Network Bridge feature, and Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Four-way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP)
4 gigabytes (GB) of RAM
Customers seeking the highest availability and scalability should consider Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, or Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition. Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 is a deliverable on Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative for the Windows Server 2003 operating system. SP2 illustrates Microsoft’s commitment to continually creating software products with enhanced security, increased reliability and simplified administration. Service Pack 2 delivers the cumulative system updates in one simple package and it introduces numerous refinements and new functionality including the Microsoft Management Console 3.0, Windows Deployment Services, and Wireless Protected Access 2. Customers performing new installations and those with existing deployments of Windows Server 2003 will benefit from these new features.