Chapter 2. 2000 2003

This brief chapter is designed to help Windows 2000 (W2K) administrators quickly transition to Windows Server 2003 (WS2003) by highlighting some important differences between administering the two platforms. For Windows NT administrators looking for similar help transitioning, see Chapter 1. W2K administrators may want to read through Chapter 1 also, because it covers a few points regarding WS2003 not covered in this present chapter.

What Changed?

I’ll start by briefly summarizing a number of minor and often unnecessary changes that are likely to cause frustrated W2K administrators to say, “Why on earth did they do that?” Then I’ll conclude the chapter with a quick summary of new features and enhancements that make WS2003 even better than W2K from the point of view of administering the platform. The changes listed here are more or less in the order you might encounter them as you begin administering the new platform.


If you’re already familiar with the Windows XP Professional platform, the transition to WS2003 will be considerably easier because the desktop for the two platforms is almost identical, except that the (in my opinion) ugly Luna theme of XP is replaced by the standard Windows Classic theme in WS2003. For a good introduction to XP, see Windows XP in a Nutshell (O’Reilly).

Where Are the Icons?

By default, the only icon on the WS2003 desktop is Recycle Bin, which can be a bit unnerving the first time you log on to a WS2003 machine. To make icons for ...

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