Planning for Hardware Needs
Sound hardware strategy helps increase system availability while reducing total cost of ownership and improving recovery times. Windows Server 2003 is designed and tested for use with high-performance hardware, applications, and services. To ensure that hardware components are compatible, choose only components that are listed in the Windows Server Catalog (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/catalog/server/) or that are on the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) (http://www.microsoft.com/hcl/).
All components on the HCL undergo rigorous testing in the Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL). The initial testing is 14 days with a 7-day retest for firmware revision, service pack updates, and other minor revisions. ...