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Inside Windows® Server 2003 by William Boswell

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Windows Server 2003 is remarkably adaptable. The same server code can run on a whitebox Pentium 600 and a multiprocessor, multigigahertz powerhouse. The trick is to pick systems that run Windows Server 2003 reliably.

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