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Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Administrator's Companion, 2nd Edition by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Chapter 29. Application Compatibility and Virtual Server

Many IT professionals need to support legacy or specialized applications in their environment that require an older operating system, such as Windows NT4, or one that is not generally used by the rest of the company, such as a version of UNIX. Many of these specialized or dedicated applications run on older servers that could not be easily replaced in the event of a hardware failure. By consolidating them onto a newer server but running them in a virtual machine environment, the overall maintenance and supportability is improved. ...

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