Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server 2003

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I have a 450 MHz machine, a desktop actually. I have made Windows Server 2003 run on this and ASP.NET worked great. I am, however, concerned with performance. The system has 270 MB RAM. I don't know if the improvements from 2000 Server to 2003 Server are worth putting the latter on a slower machine. This is to be an IIS server.
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is it going to be a production server, or just a development box? (probably a stupid question, but you never can tell these days)

for a development server performance is less of a concern, obviously. I'd say if it runs at a decent clip, go for it and install 2k3 - it really is a superior product and that's not just company loyalty saying so. You might want to drop some extra RAM in there though - all my machines now run with a minimum of a Gig (apart from my antique NT4 box which doesn't count)
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Jason Brown - MVP, IIS
9/18/2004 6:35:52 AM
I think with BAI increasing in applications a 400mhz pc is too outdated.  It's time for an upgrade.  If you can afford a windows server 2003 license, you can afford to upgrade to a more stable machine with more superior parts.
Kay Lee -
Infrastructure Group

- Code to live, but Live to code.
9/18/2004 9:27:04 PM
It's actually for playing with ASP.NET, and the license is an MSDN Academic Alliance deal.
9/19/2004 4:45:41 AM
In that case, which ever works best for you.  2003 is a superior product as Atrax said, but it might get frustrating since it does require more juice to operate.
Kay Lee -
Infrastructure Group

- Code to live, but Live to code.
9/19/2004 4:51:19 AM
Meh, I'll just get liberal with the services like last time, turning them off, that is.
9/19/2004 5:00:00 AM
Another thought:  At work we're using a dual 400 MHz file server that's running Windows 2000 Server.  It's only got 512 MB RAM, though.  Upgrade or no upgrade?  The reason why I ask is because this one has dual processors.
9/19/2004 5:02:34 AM
2003 will run on that dual box for sure. That said, the only benefit I can see you upgrading from 2000 to 2003 for a file server is either for shadow copy or it's a DFS member and you want the FRS improvements.
--Brian Desmond
Windows Server MVP - Directory Services
9/19/2004 10:16:56 PM
I just started utilizing the RS4-GZ part 2, and ran into issues with the XRJJR9 using the PXL6.  Now if I implemented the CTOGv4, it might run better.

Kay Lee -
Infrastructure Group

- Code to live, but Live to code.
9/19/2004 11:34:07 PM
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