Windows Server 2003 IPv6 Support
There was some experimental support for IPv6 in Windows 2000, but
it wasn't anything you'd want to put into production. Windows
Server 2003 introduces a fully functional IPv6 network stack. While
the OS is getting on board the IPv6 train, most Windows admins are
being left at the station. Check out Microsoft's IPv6 clearing
house for tons of info on Windows Server 2003 IPv6 overview's, tech
drill-downs and white papers.
Free Online Windows NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 Upgrade Training
A lot of us take Windows 2000 technologies, like advanced RRAS
services, Active Directory, Group Policy, Dynamic DNS, IPSec and
dynamic disks for granted. But if you've been living in a Windows
NT 4.0 world and now need to upgrade to Windows Server 2003, then
you're in for a rude awakening. Microsoft is offering a Windows
NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 upgrade course for free until October
24, 2003. After that you pay $199US. (Site registration required)
Test Windows Server 2003 Networking Configurations with VMware 4.0
Some of you work with great companies who provide a live lab with
a couple of dozen workstations, servers, routers and switches to
test Windows Server 2003 domain and networking features. However,
most of you are lucky if the boss says "there's a couple computers
over there you can use to test it out. Knock yourself out".
If you're in the latter group, consider using VMware 4.0 for your
pre-deployment testing. VMware 4.0 allows you to create multiple
virtual switches that allow you to completely segment your virtual
network. You can test up to 7 virtual machines on a single box if
you have a machine with a gig of RAM. Bring a second machine into
the mix, and bump up your test bed to 14 machines. For the cost of
two computers you have a 14 machine, fully virtually routable test
bed. Not too shabby.
Windows Server 2003 Shadow Copies of Shared Folders
A new feature included with Windows Server 2003 is the volume
shadow copy feature (also known as the Volume Shadows Copy
Service or VSS). VSS can take a snapshot of the content stored
in selected shares and then records changes to the content of
those shares. The changes are detected on a per-file basis, so
that only the changes are stored, not the entire changed file.
Shadow copies allow users to retrieve previous versions of a
file they might have inadvertently deleted or corrupted.
There are two pieces to the shadow copy equation: a VSS service
on the Windows Server 2003 server and the VSS client software.
The client software is on the Windows Server 2003 CD and can be
disturbed via a share or Group Policy based software deployment.
The client can be installed on Windows 2000, Windows XP and
Windows 98 computers. At this time there's no support for Windows
NT 4.0 or Windows ME. As usual, Microsoft denies the existence of
Windows 95 [g].
For everything you ever wanted to know about VSS and the shadow
copies of shared folders feature, check out the "Shadow Copies
of Shared Folders" clearing house.