December 14, 2000, 11:15 AM — Welcome to my weekly column. Each
week I will be introducing, analyzing, or teaching you about different
components and technologies relating to Windows 2000. Since the technical
level of the audience is varied, these columns will vary in technical
level as well. I will cover a diverse range of topics, from customizing
the Start Menu, to Managing Your System, to Active Directory installation,
design, and configuration. If there are specific topics that you would
like to see discussed or explained, please email href="mailto:email@example.com">me here. I will try my best to address them
via this column.
Since this is the first of many columns relating to Windows 2000, let's start with a
brief overview of the Windows 2000 product line.
There are, in fact, four flavors of the Windows 2000 Product Family -- Professional,
Server, Advanced Server, and Datacenter Server. They share these commonalities: they
are enterprise operating systems, they run on Intel processors, and they have the same
Graphical User Interface (GUI).
As the table below shows, Windows 2000 has varying capacities in terms of processors
and memory support.
The system you choose will depend upon the desired usage: