Windows Server 2003 free from Microsoft!

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by dave holbon, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. dave holbon

    dave holbon Moderator

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    Well almost!

    Did you know that you can obtain a three month (90 day) evaluation of Windows Server 2003 free from Microsoft? I have downloaded it and whilst it’s not as pretty as XP, is sure a more stable development environment. I have not a single issue with it so far.


    :) :) :cool:
     
  2. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Yeah, I got the free 90-day trial CD several months ago. Never really did anything with it though.
    The university MSDNAA license provides us with free complete versions of Windows Server 2003 - Web Edition, Standard and even Enterprise, along with most other Microsoft software and operating systems, so I'd just use that if I ever needed to. :D
     
  3. it would be best if you provided the download link or the website along in the post
     
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  5. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

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    I been using 2003 standard server on my file server for a couple of months now. I like it alot. It is a really nice OS ...
     
  6. sophomERIC

    sophomERIC anomic

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    If you want it to be 'pretty' like XP, then start the Themes service in Computer Management or the Services MMC in the administrative tools. You might also want to start it to start automatically while your there. You can now use the XP theme in the Display properties.
     
  7. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

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    it's a server not a eye candy display lol. Then if you are using it for a client pc then I guess the themes would be cool ...
     
  8. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Little bit of a side topic on this. I've tried logging on to a Win2k3 server from a Winxp laptop (wireless) and it takes probably 30secs to connect. Just wondering what's actually causing this delay.
    Also, should I be able to see who is connected to the server (on the server machine)?
    Cause I can't see any machines being connected to the server when I look in the task manager.
     
  9. chrisbyrd

    chrisbyrd OSNN Junior Addict

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    Start > Administrative Tools > Terminal Services Manager > Sessions (i think) :)
     
  10. Tittles

    Tittles Dabba Dooba Political User

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    I have the enterprise edition for a year i think. Stupid me lost the damn cd key because it comes in that lil cardboard thingy and it got mixed with the trash on my computer desk and i threw it away.
     
  11. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Ouch! How much does it cost for a Server licence? £300-£400?
     
  12. Elektro Slime

    Elektro Slime Harware Guru

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    wow something actually free from from ms.............
     
  13. Yharn

    Yharn meh.

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    been running Win2k3 Server on my server for several months now and really like it. I'm currently running a file server, ftp server, web server and teamspeak server. Win2k3 has been more stable and faster than other operating systems that I used in the past on the machine. I started with Gentoo, then moved to Windows 2000 Server, and now to Win2k3 server. Win2k3 has not only been easier to maintain than the other ones, but has also been faster and much more stable. I don't believe that I have rebooted the server in about two months now. When running Win2k or Gentoo the machine either crashed or had to be rebooted at least once a week.
     
  14. NetRyder

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    Haha, trust me. I've received plenty of free stuff from them. [​IMG]
     
  15. Tittles

    Tittles Dabba Dooba Political User

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    i tried like 10 cd keys from a place and they dont work. It sucks :(...o well