Advanced Server takes on tough tasks

Although we reviewed Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server, we focused on the Windows 2000 Server product, which will be the target platform for most agencies looking to deploy the product for file and print servers, domain controllers, and to run basic server applications or support core networking infrastructure services. However, for more robust server configurations required to support high-end, server-based applications, Windows 2000 Advanced Server will be a more appropriate choice.

Windows 2000 Advanced Server supports up to 16 processors, two-node failover clustering and advanced application memory tuning. On this last point, Windows 2000 Advanced Server allows applications to use up to 3G of virtual memory address space, and up to 8G of RAM (less memory is required for kernel services) for an application and its caching functions, if the server supports the Physical Address Extension x86 specification.

— Symoens is a free-lance analyst and a senior IT systems engineer at Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

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