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Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Inside Out by William R. Stanek

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Preparing for Windows Server 2003 Installation

Installing a server operating system requires some assessment and preparation before you actually do the work. You'll want to review the server hardware and installation details, check the latest technical notes, verify backups, and have more than a few discussions with other Information Technology (IT) staff and managers.

System Hardware Requirements

Most versions of Windows Server 2003 share baseline requirements, such as a minimum of a 133-megahertz (MHz) Pentium CPU, 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM, and 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of hard disk drive space (for three of the x86-based servers). Yet, there are differences in recommended hardware for each edition—Web, Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter—and further ...

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