Who Should Read This Book
Any IT professional who designs, manages, or works with Windows technology should evaluate the features in Windows Server 2003. This book will help you with that evaluation. If you plan on installing one or more of special-function Windows Server 2003, or upgrading to Windows Server 2003 Active Directory, this book will show you how to prepare for the deployment and how to troubleshoot problems that might crop up along the way.
If you have already migrated, or are in the process of migrating, to Windows 2000 and you want to know if Windows Server 2003 has any advantages for you, the New Features checklist at the beginning of each chapter will help guide you to the items you need for your evaluation. At a macro level, I was particularly impressed with the attention to security at all levels, especially IIS, and the improvements to Windows DNS, Active Directory replication, trust relationships between forests, the new Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT), the integrated Resultant Set of Policies (RSoP) tools for group policy management, and the significant new features in Terminal Services, the Encrypting File System (EFS), Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), and the Distributed File System (Dfs). I would also call to your attention the overall improvement in performance, stability, and memory handling.
It takes time and money to upgrade a large infrastructure, but with Windows Server 2003, you will be rewarded with a system that is fast, handy to manage, and delivers benefits to your users in the form of speed and convenience.