Est. 1908

500 Bagel Salute Windows Server 2003 Wows Former NT 4.0 Shops

REDMOND,Wash。

April22,2003500bagelsgoneintheblinkofaneye。

Aneatingcontest?

Notexactly。

Itwasathankyoufromoneofourcustomers,

saysJimHebert,generalmanageroftheWindowsServerGroup。

FleischersBagels,afamily-ownedbagelcompanyinNewJerseythatwasveryhappywithwhattheyveachievedwithWindowsServer2003。

All500bagelsdisappearedinlessthanfourhours。

Developersareahardworkingbunch,

Hebertsays。

Theyrealwaysupforsomeextrafood。

FleischersisntaloneintheirinterestandenthusiasmforWindowsServer2003。

Overthepastninemonths,over550,000copiesofWindowsServer2003previewcodeweredownloaded。

Muchoftheinitialfeedbackindicatesthatcustomers,largeandsmall,indicatesthenewversionofWindowsServerwillbeabigwinforcustomers。

MorepeoplehaverequestedthiscodeoverthepastninemonthsthananyproductinMicrosoftshistory,

saysHebert。

ThatincludesWindowsXP,whichisaclientproduct。

Remember,weretalkingaboutserversoftware。

WithsuchasizablegroupofcustomerstestingWindowsServer2003,Microsofthasbeenabletogatheralargeamountofinput。

Wevebeentakingadvantageofthefeedbackfromthathugegroup,whoareusingtheproductinmany,oftenradicallydifferent,ways,

saysHebert。

Notonlyhasthathelpeduscreateafinelytunedrelease,butwevealsoclearlyseenthatcustomersareabletorealizesignificantbenefitsveryquicklywithWindowsServer2003。

HebertrecountsalargeCaliforniautilitycompanythatwasabletoconsolidateasmanyas90fileandprintserversrunningWindowsNT4。

0downtosixrunningWindowsServer2003。

FleischersBagelswasthrilledwithhoweasyitwastomigratetothenewplatform。

AndstillothersfindvalueinnewfeaturessuchastheGroupPolicyManagementConsole,whichenablesadministratorstomanagehundredsofdesktopsatonce。

HerbertsaysthesecurityworkthatwentintoWindowsServer2003waswell-receivedbyearlyadopters。

ForWindowsServer2003,wewentthroughaseriesofTrustworthyComputingauditsofthesourcecodetodeterminepotentialareasofriskforcustomers,

saysHebert。

TheresultisthatWindowsServer2003themostsecureoperatingsystemweveeverproduced。

Fromthegroundup,wevesignificantlyreducedthesurfaceareaoftheproductthatcanbeexploitedbymaliciouscode。

Theresimplyarentasmanydoorsforhackerstosneakinto。

Besidesclosingdoorsonunwelcomeintruders,theplatformallowsforwhatcanbedramaticserverconsolidation,allowingcompaniestosubstantiallyreducethecostsassociatedwithoperatingandmaintainingtheirservers。

Serverconsolidationishugeforourcustomers,

saysHebert。

Everyserver,nomatterhowvaluableitsfunction,takesupfloorspace,contributestotheelectricitybill,requiresadministrationandmaintenancetimeandisonemorethingthatcreatescomplexityforbusinesses。

WindowsServer2003providesagreatopportunityforcompaniestoaddressthatadditionalexpense。

Moreefficientthanpreviousversions,WindowsServer2003hasdemonstratedtwicetheprocessingcapacityofWindowsServer2000(onthesamehardwareplatform),andoutperformedWindowsNT4。

0byasmuchassixtimesacrossallfunctionsandloadlevelsinbothinternalandindependentperformancetesting。

CustomersmovingfromtheNT4。

0environmentcanexpecttheirserverstoprocessbetweenthreeandsixtimestheinformationastheircurrentsystems。

ThesedramaticimprovementsaresomeofthereasonsthatcustomershavebeenflockingtothetrialversionofWindowsServer2003。

CompaniesthatmissedthelastupgradecyclewithWindows2000andheldontotheirNT4。

0environmentscannowmovedirectlytoWindowsServer2003andexperiencetwicethebenefitoftheupgrade,atthesamelicensingcostasWindows2000Server,

saysHebert。

OneearlyadoptermovingfromWindowsNT4。

0wasIntrawestCorp。

amajorinternationalresortdeveloperwhoseresortpropertiesincludeWhistler-BlackcombinBritishColumbia,Canadaand10otherresorts。

IntrawestismovingthedirectionofitsinfrastructuretoWindowsServer2003。

Withmorethan150serversand37domainsservingauserbasethatfluctuatesseasonallybetween6,000and20,000,Intrawestbeganitsupgradewithasignificantopportunitytosavecostsoveritsexistingsystems。

InitiallywewereplanningtoupgradetoWindows2000,

saysPhilipDeConnick,technicalarchitectatIntrawest。

ButwedecidedtogodirectlytoWindowsServer2003basedonthesignificantadvancementsthatMicrosofthasmade。

Intheendweexpecttoconsolidatefrommorethan150serversdownto30。

HerbertsaysstorieslikethisaregeneratingbuzzaboutWindowsServer2003amongstourcustomers。

Noteverycompanyhas150serversspreadacrossNorthAmerica,butWindowsServer2003representsanadvancementsignificantenoughthatitcanoffervaluetoabusinessofanysize。

Onebigbenefitweveseenforthesmallerbusinessesandenterprisecustomersisintheactualimplementation,

saysHebert。

InstallingandmanagingWindowsServer2003ismuchsimpler。

Ituseslesstimeandresourcestomanage。

Wevebeengettingcallsaftertheproductisimplementedatacustomersite,queryingaboutwhethertherewasanythingelsethatneededtobedone,becauseitwassosimple。

Theyfounditmucheasiertodeploythanpreviousversions,suchasWindowsServerNT4。

0。

PartofthereasonthatimplementingWindowsServer2003hasbecomesostraightforwardisMicrosoftsinvestmentindevelopingtools,prescriptiveguidelinesanddocumentationtowalkcustomersandconsultantsthroughtheprocess。

Theproductsmigrationtoolsarebasedonserverroles,suchashostingaWebsiteormanagingacompanysapplications。

Mostpeoplethinkoftheirserversintermsoftherolestheyfulfill,andourdocumentationguidesthemthatway,

saysHebert。

Forexample,theresatoolthatwillmigrateyourconfigurationandcontentforWebsitesandapplicationsbytakingyourentireInternetInformationServices4。

0environmentandmoveitovertoIIS6。

0andWindowsServer2003。

Literallythecustomerjustpointstotheserverandindicatesitsroleandwemigrateitforthem。

Wevegotawholeseriesofthingsjustlikethat。

Theadvantageofthissimplicityforcustomersiscostandtime。

Beyondlicensingfeesoranyinvestmentsinhardware,therealcostofamigrationsuchasthisisintheactualworkandtimeittakestogetthere,

saysHebert。

Andwevemadethatprocessawholelotsimplerinthisrelease。

Asaresult,customersmovingfromWindowsNT4。

0directlytoWindowsServer2003canexperiencetwicetheproductivityandconsolidationgainsasWindowsServer2000atwhatamountstoalowertotalcostofownership。

ItsaformulathatmakesperfectbusinesssenseforNTcustomersofanysize。

Wevelearnedthatanythingwecandotomakeiteasierforcustomerstogetwheretheywanttogoisagoodthing,