Windows Server System OverviewPublished:
July 9, 2003
At Microsoft, their role is to engineer out complexity and costs,
and incorporate operating system innovations into a deeply-integrated
infrastructure that enables information technology (IT) professionals
to focus on meeting business requirements. Microsoft Windows Server
System, integrated server infrastructure software, gives you the
ability to develop, deploy and operate your IT infrastructure
more efficiently so you can focus on your business challenges,
and accelerate your delivery of new value to the business.
Information Worker Infrastructure
Windows Server System is integrated server infrastructure
software from Microsoft that is designed to support end-to-end
solutions built on Windows ServerT 2003. It creates an infrastructure
that is based on the Microsoft concept of integrated innovation:
a whole-system design approach that helps you simplify development,
deployment and management by anticipating needs and opportunities.
It is intrinsically designed to work together and interact seamlessly
with other data and applications across your IT environment so
you can reduce the costs of ongoing operations, deliver highly
reliable and secure IT infrastructure, and drive valuable new
capabilities for the future growth of your business.
Windows Server System truly helps you do more
The foundation for Windows Server System is the Microsoft Windows
Server(TM) 2003 operating system, which delivers the core infrastructure
and common services across each of these categories. The server
Through deep integration with these core platform
services and a common architectural approach, Windows Server System
delivers a comprehensive and interoperable infrastructure that helps
reduce complexity and costs, and empowers IT professionals to simplify
development, management, and operations, and deliver high-value,
information-rich business applications. As a result, Windows Server
System helps IT organizations increase the strategic impact of the
investments they make to support the people, processes, information,
and relationships that drive the business. The following figure
illustrates the scope of Windows Server System.
- The underlying security model, directory services,
and operations and management services to support the Operations
- The core application definition and programming
model as the foundation for the Application Infrastructure.
- The core data and collaboration services that
support the Information Worker Infrastructure.
Business and IT exist in a delicate balance that can just as easily
foster innovation as bring it to a grinding halt. IT administrators
are challenged to deliver secure and manageable solutions while
at the same time minimizing downtime and costs. We understand this
challenge and we've made it a core part of our mission to reduce
the complexity of operational infrastructure to help simplify and
lower the costs of deployment, management, security, and operations.
These changes mean more resources for reinvestment in your business.
At its foundation, the Windows Server 2003 server platform is designed
to deliver simplicity, automation, and flexibility in the data center
and across the IT environment. By focusing on server consolidation,
increased server utilization, and the automation of core management
tasks, the new Windows Server 2003 platform is proven to increase
IT efficiency by as much as 30 percent. And by delivering major
advancements to simplify management, small businesses with limited
IT resources as well as enterprise customers with complex operational
needs can take advantage of these efficiencies.
The Windows Server System security and management servers build
on the Windows Server 2003 server platform to deliver an integrated
Operations Infrastructure that promotes operational efficiencies
through simplified deployment, management, and security, as well
as reduced IT infrastructure costs.
Products and capabilities include:
. Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server is an
extensible, multilayer enterprise firewall and Web cache that helps
provide secure, fast, and manageable Internet connectivity. ISA
Server also provides a high-performance Web proxy and cache that
improves performance and delivers cost savings by effectively managing
. Microsoft Systems Management Server delivers cost-effective, scalable
change and configuration management for desktops and servers based
on Microsoft Windows(R) and helps administrators to distribute security
updates for all Microsoft products throughout the enterprise. Built
on industry-standard management protocols, Systems Management Server
is compatible with complementary management tools from Microsoft
and other companies.
. Microsoft Operations Manager delivers enterprise-class operations
management by providing comprehensive event management, proactive
monitoring and alerting, reporting, and trend analysis. It is also
key to helping reduce the day-to-day support costs associated with
running applications and services in a Windows-based IT environment.
. Microsoft Application Center is Microsoft's deployment and management
tool for high-availability Web applications built on Microsoft Windows.
Application Center makes managing groups of servers as simple as
managing a single computer. Application Center empowers developers
and Web site administrators to deploy applications quickly and easily
while minimizing the in-depth application knowledge requirements.
In turn, this reduces the complexity and cost of operating scalable,
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please visit the Microsoft Security & Privacy center. And for a
view of the future of Windows Server System management software
including the newly announced Microsoft System Center, please see
our story on the Management Vision at Microsof
In today's highly complex IT environments, no application is an
island-every development project needs to consider the implications
of interoperability and how to integrate the application within
the existing IT environment. And so the key decision criteria for
any application infrastructure discussion becomes not only about
the benefits it provides-how productive the development environment
is, and how much plumbing the infrastructure provides so that the
developers don't need to build it themselves-but also about the
long-term impact of that application infrastructure on the IT environment
as a whole.
Windows Server System is focused on integration and interoperability.
Consequently, Windows Server System strives to provide the highest
level of dependability, performance, and productivity for application
development, while also making it easier to interoperate with line-of-business
applications already in place in your IT organization.
The Windows Server 2003 server platform delivers the following core
Together, Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Windows Server
2003 provide a unified application platform with a consistent programming
model that scales from device to data center. Because the development
toolset and the .NET Framework are tuned specifically for the Windows
Server operating system, this integrated application platform delivers
the highest levels of developer productivity and operating system
- An integrated programming model through the
.NET Framework that enables an unprecedented level of software
integration using XML Web service
- An integrated Web server through Internet Information
Services that delivers Web security, reliability, and speed
- Integrated directory services that deliver
performance, scale, and flexibility.
The Windows Server System database management and e-business servers
extend this application platform to provide the integrated and interoperable
Application Infrastructure for enterprise application integration,
business process automation, through-the-firewall messaging, and
customer and partner e-business portals.
Through common infrastructure and .NET technology, Windows Server
System ensures that these capabilities work well for the line-of-business
applications that exist in your IT environment today so that these
applications can be extended out and connected with other internal
applications, as well as with business partners, suppliers, and
Products and capabilities include the following:
. SQL Server is a complete, Web-enabled database and data analysis
package that opens the door to the rapid development of a new generation
of enterprise-class business applications that can give your company
a critical competitive advantage. Microsoft SQL Server(TM) provides
core support for XML and the capability to query across the Internet
and beyond the firewall.
. BizTalk Server enables you to rapidly build and deploy integrated
business processes within your organization and with partners. Microsoft
BizTalk(R) Server offers a set of tools and services that make building
business processes and integrating applications faster. You can
quickly implement secure, reliable trading partner relationships
independent of operating system, programming model, or programming
. Commerce Server reduces the complexity and time required to deliver
tailored, effective e-commerce solutions. By providing the application
framework, together with sophisticated feedback mechanisms and analytical
capabilities, Microsoft Commerce Server helps you to quickly develop
sites that optimize the customer experience, encouraging repeat
business and forging tighter partner relationships.
. Content Management Server dramatically reduces the time required
to build and deploy content-driven Web sites that deliver high scalability,
reliability, and performance. Microsoft Content Management Server
empowers content providers to manage their own content and provides
site users with a targeted and personalized experience tailored
to their individual profiles and browsing devices.
. Host Integration Server extends your Windows-based applications
to other systems by providing application, data, and network integration.
Microsoft Host Integration Server helps you quickly adapt to new
business opportunities while preserving existing infrastructure
. Speech Server, the newest integrated member of Windows Server
System, delivers flexible speech technologies at the lowest total
cost of ownership. Windows Server System delivers the reliable and
flexible Application Infrastructure that maximizes development productivity
and reduces complexity and costs. As a result, you can focus on
meeting your business needs.
Information Worker Infrastructure
We see a world where information workers-individuals who rely on
information to do their jobs-can effortlessly and securely find,
access, manage, and share information through a seamlessly integrated
information infrastructure. This infrastructure needs to connect
people, information, and processes to optimize business value through
communications and collaboration.
Windows Server System delivers an integrated and interoperable infrastructure
designed to maximize the productivity of information workers. With
a focus on integration through common architecture, the Information
Worker Infrastructure delivered in Windows Server System helps unlock
previously isolated information, increase the speed and effectiveness
of collaboration, and empower information workers to make more informed
Windows Server 2003 server platform delivers the core data and collaboration
services that help you deliver richer collaboration solutions more
easily and help lower support overhead by letting users do more
work on their own. Information worker productivity begins with data.
The integrated data services in Windows Server 2003 deliver a scalable
storage architecture that protects end-user data, ensures data availability
and integrity, and reduces the inadvertent loss of data while empowering
users to recover their data on their own. Integrated media services
deliver streaming media capabilities to support a rich experience
for users while enabling IT to more easily manage network bandwidth.
In addition, with the integrated team services, information workers
can easily create Web sites for information sharing and document
collaboration, enabling simpler and more effective team collaboration.
The Windows Server System communication and collaboration servers
extend the capabilities of the Windows Server 2003 server platform
for highly productive team collaboration, messaging, and real-time
communications. This integrated Information Worker Infrastructure
helps companies to seamlessly connect information, people, and systems
to drive superior visibility and to foster better, faster decisions
across the entire business.
Products and capabilities include the following:
. Microsoft Exchange Server delivers best-in-class e-mail-based
collaboration services that are highly secure, thoroughly reliable,
and easy to access, giving information workers better control of
their business communications so that enterprises of all sizes can
make decisions more efficiently and compete more effectively.
. Microsoft Office Live Communication Server 2003 is the enterprise-ready
instant messaging (IM), presence awareness, and extensible real-time
communication and collaboration platform that connects people, information,
and business processes-enabling better decisions faster. With a
familiar user experience integrated into the Microsoft Office System
environment, Live Communications Server 2003 allows people to communicate
without the constraints of geography, office location, or time zone.
. Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server is the flexible portal
offering that enables information workers to quickly and easily
find, share, and publish information. Together, SharePoint Portal
Server and Windows SharePoint Team Services give users the ability
to organize information, readily access that information, manage
documents, and enable efficient collaboration, all in a familiar,
browser-based and Microsoft Office-integrated environment.
Windows Server 2003 is the most secure and reliable server platform
Microsoft has ever released. As the foundation for the Windows Server
System, the server platform provides a unifying layer of common
services across the IT, application, and information worker infrastructures,
including the following services:
. A common application programming model
. A common directory and security model
. Common data services
. Integrated caching
. Integrated distributed transaction management
. Integrated diagnostics
. Integrated management services
. Integrated media and collaboration services
Windows Server 2003 also makes significant advances in ease of deployment
and ease of use, helping to reduce complexity and therefore reduce
costs across the IT environment.
The Windows Server 2003 family can meet organizational needs ranging
from the small business to the data center as follows:
. Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, for the highest levels
of scalability and reliability
. Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, for mission-critical
. Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, for departmental and standard
. Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, for Web serving and hosting
. Windows Storage Server 2003 is a dedicated file server that brings
reliable, highly available, and easy-to-manage storage to companies
of all sizes
. Windows Small Business Server 2003, as the first server for small