April 26, 2004, 12:00 AM — 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
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