Windows Storage Server 2003, part 2

Last week we began to look at Microsoft's new version of its Windows

Server 2003 Operating System called Windows Storage Server 2003 (WSS).

This week we begin looking at some of the advantages of this new

operating system when combined with an appliance built by an original

equipment manufacturer.

Windows Storage Server (WSS) 2003 was designed for simplicity,

reliability and high-performance.

Some of the key advantages of WSS are:

Remote management capabilities - WSS can be managed remotely though

Terminal Services sessions or through a Web browser interface from any

desktop on the network. Once connected, everything looks and feels

similar to a Windows operating system.

Dependability/Reliability - WSS operating systems supports standard

redundant hardware that most of us have grown accustomed to using.

Data protection capabilities - Through built-in shadow technology using

Windows Server 2003 technology called Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS),

the system administrator can make up to 512 snapshots per volume using

the built-in NTBACKUP utility.

Easy configuration/Deployment - Windows Storage Server 2003 comes

preconfigured, other than using the web browser interface to set up

users and shares; the only installation work necessary is plugging the

device into the company network. A NAS device built on WSS can be up

and running in under 15 minutes.

There are many advantages to Windows Storage Server 2003. Next week we

will look at some more of the underlying technology capabilities of this


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