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The Ultimate Windows Server 2003 System Administrator's Guide: Chapter 2: Windows Server 2003

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Chapter Summary:
Windows Server 2003, the successor to Windows 2000 and Windows NT, is designed to accommodate the seamless exchange of information through Web services. It delivers the increased flexibility and power needed to administer networks as global entities, but its enhanced management tools and security features present as many challenges as opportunities. This guide will help readers negotiate these challenges and exploit the opportunities.

Chapter 2 is an architectural overview of Windows Server 2003. It provides the following:

  • An understanding of the operating system's structural layers, subsystems, and managers, including the executive kernel modes and user modes, subsystems, and managers
  • A working knowledge of Windows Server 2003 process management, including multitasking, the interplay of processes and threads, process viewing, and management tools
  • A perspective on physical and virtual memory management
  • A basic understanding of the boot process
  • A working grasp of the registry's function and structure
  • An understanding of application dependencies and software compatibility with Windows Server 2003 through the use of its tools and more!

This chapter download from "The Ultimate Windows Server 2003 System Administrator's Guide" by Robert Williams and Mark Walla is printed with permission from Addison Wesley Professional, Copyright 2003.

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This was first published in May 2005

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