Windows 2003, also known as Windows Server 2003, is the successor of Windows 2000 server. It has been Microsoft's flagship product in the last years and got recently replaced by the newest Microsoft server product Windows Server 2008. One could say that Windows Server 2003 incorporated many features of Windows XP while Windows Server 2008 did the same with Windows Vista.
A total of 11 different Windows Server 2003 editions have been released by Microsoft from Windows Home Server over Windows Small Business Server to Windows Server 2003 Enterprise or Windows Storage Server 2003.
Microsoft released many Windows 2003 software additions including multiple feature packs, service packs and tools many of which are recommended to install to increase system stability, performance, security and functionality.
Two Windows Server 2003 Service Packs have been released, one Windows Rights Management Services Service Pack and one Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack. All of those Windows 2003 downloads are available from the Microsoft website.
In addition to Service Pack downloads for the Windows 2003 software a total of 16 feature packs have been released throughout the years including important additions such as the Group Policy Management Console, Windows Services For UNIX or Identity Integration Feature Pack.
Additionally 19 Windows Server 2003 Tools have been released for download adding new features like the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack, Log Parser 2.2 Tool or Remote Desktop Web Connection.
The Microsoft websites contains lots of Windows 2003 software and should be the starting point for everyone who is setting up a new Windows 2003 Server environment.Advertisement
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