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<p>Coexistence of Windows Server 2003 and Windows NT 4.0</p>
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<h1>Abstract</h1>
<p>
   Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 offers many benefits when used in a Windows NT® 4.0 domain, 
   whether as a file and print server, a Web application server, a remote access server, or for core 
   services consolidation. Because Windows Server 2003 reaches new levels of performance, 
   reliability, and security, it offers an ideal opportunity for hardware consolidation and 
   associated cost savings in infrastructure. This paper describes coexistence of Windows Server 
   2003 with Windows NT 4.0 in Windows NT 4.0 domains. It addresses upgrading file and print 
   servers, Web application servers, core services such as DNS and DHCP, as well as remote access 
   servers.
</p>
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<h1><a name="__RefHeading__46_1154257163"></a>Contents</h1>
<p><a href="#__RefHeading__46_1154257163">Contents  3</a></p>
<p><a href="#__RefHeading__48_1154257163">Introduction  1</a></p>
<p><a href="#__RefHeading__50_1154257163">File and Print Services  2</a></p>
<p><a href="#__RefHeading__52_1154257163">Web Application Server  5</a></p>
<p><a href="#__RefHeading__54_1154257163">Secure Mobile Access  8</a></p>
<p><a href="#__RefHeading__56_1154257163">Core Services Consolidation  11</a></p>
<p><a href="#__RefHeading__58_1154257163">Summary  14</a></p>
<p><a href="#__RefHeading__60_1154257163">Related Links  15</a></p>
<h1><a name="__RefHeading__48_1154257163"></a>Introduction</h1>
<p>
   Windows® Server 2003 is the newest and most powerful operating system from Microsoft, offering 
   new levels of dependability, performance, and connectivity. Building on the feedback of 
   customers, third-party partners, and independent testing, Microsoft has made Windows Server 2003 
   into a highly productive infrastructure platform for powering connected applications, networks, 
   and Web services. Windows Server 2003 improves on and streamlines the solid foundation of Windows 
   2000 Server, adding new features and technologies to meet the needs of today’s customers. Key new 
   technologies include Internet Information Services 6.0 (IIS 6), redesigned and featuring a new 
   process model with new benefits for organizations of every size.
</p>
<p>
   File system management has become easier and more reliable through such improvements as the 
   Distributed File System (DFS) and Volume Shadow Copy service, which work together to keep file 
   servers available and easy to navigate. Security and reliability of Web application servers 
   benefit from the improvements in IIS 6, which has been re-architected to help prevent faulty code 
   or external attacks from taking down other applications or the server itself. Remote Access 
   Server, using such powerful features as Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and Point-to-Point 
   over Ethernet (PPoE) helps to ensure secure networking whether by dial-up, virtual private 
   network (VPN), wireless, or wired connections. In addition, Windows Server includes new and 
   enhanced command-line interface tools, wide support for industry standards like XML, and new 
   features like the Automated System Recovery (ASR). 
</p>
<p>
   Windows Server 2003 maintains a high level of backward compatibility with Windows 2000 and 
   Windows NT® 4.0 computing environments, making a gradual upgrade plan feasible and practical. 
   Features such as IIS 5.0 Isolation Mode ensure compatibility with legacy and third-party 
   products. Adding a new server running Windows Server 2003 to an existing Windows NT domain does 
   not require replacing existing software and infrastructure. The improved performance and 
   management of Windows Server make it an ideal platform to consolidate existing services. New and 
   enhanced features for reliability ensure that Windows Server 2003, and any consolidated services, 
   will stay up and available. Businesses can enhance the security and reliability of their existing 
   IT infrastructure while lowering overall computing costs. 
</p>
<p>
   This paper discusses various scenarios in which a Windows NT 4.0 network can benefit from the 
   addition of Windows Server 2003. The topics cover file and print servers, Web application 
   servers, core services such as DNS and DHCP, and remote access servers. Because Windows Server 
   2003 is capable of coexisting with Windows NT 4.0, bringing a computer with Windows Server 2003 
   into a Windows NT 4.0 domain can provide your business with many advantages in these areas.
</p>
<h1><a name="__RefHeading__50_1154257163"></a>File and Print Services</h1>
<p>
   Microsoft has responded to customer feedback by building significant improvements into the file 
   and print server capabilities of Windows Server 2003. Upgrading file and print servers to Windows 
   Server 2003 can bring benefits in the areas of reliability, availability, ease-of-use, and 
   management. Windows Server 2003 has several new and improved features like DFS and Volume Shadow 
   Copy services that make it easier to set up, access, and manage a file infrastructure on Windows 
   Server 2003. Windows Server 2003 also makes servers easier to manage with a new task-based user 
   interface that is designed to make everyday activities easier to carry out. The Configure Your 
   Server Wizard helps automate the setup of a file or print server, and there are wizards for most 
   tasks. The improved Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) exposes scriptable interfaces for 
   most administrative commands. 
</p>
<h2>Distributed File System</h2>
<p>
   One of the biggest improvements for file servers is DFS, which takes your existing file 
   infrastructure and creates a single logical view of files stored on multiple servers. This system 
   is entirely transparent to users who have the DFS client on their local machine. The DFS client 
   is built into Windows NT 4.0 and all later Microsoft operating systems. DFS makes files much 
   easier to find, because users do not need to know which server a file is on. DFS also improves 
   scalability, making it easy to add file servers or balance the workload among servers without 
   disrupting users’ ability to find and access files. Windows Server 2003 enhances the reliability 
   of DFS by allowing a single server to host multiple DFS roots, which means DFS can now be 
   clustered for high availability and load balancing. You can also store multiple copies of file 
   shares for redundancy. File Replication Service (FRS) works with DFS to maintain synchronized 
   copies of data on file shares, so that in the event of a failure, DFS can transparently redirect 
   requests for data to a different server. For better management on the corporate level, 
   administrators can be delegated control of a specific portion of the DFS namespace, rather than 
   the entirety. This streamlines IT processes and makes the entire infrastructure easier to 
   maintain. DFS is fully integrated with Windows NT 4.0 security. One or more servers running 
   Windows Server 2003 with DFS can help you replace or aggregate your existing file structure into 
   a single hierarchy that is easy to use and maintain. 
</p>
<h2>Security and Data Recovery</h2>
<p>
   Windows Server 2003 also brings improvements in the area of performance and security. Encrypting 
   File Service (EFS), improved in Windows Server 2003, allows users to encrypt their data to 
   prevent accidental or malicious access by unauthorized persons. EFS allows you to provide high 
   security to selected portions of your organization by giving them access to a Windows Server 2003 
   file server running EFS. EFS has been enhanced in Windows Server 2003 with the addition of new, 
   more powerful security algorithms and better performance. 
</p>
<p>
   In the event of a more serious hardware failure, the new ASR feature offers an easy solution for 
   data recovery. ASR allows an administrator to rapidly reboot and restore a failed Windows Server 
   2003 server. This process uses an ASR backup floppy prepared ahead of time. Restoring the 
   hardware is a simple matter of booting from a Windows Server 2003 CD and choosing Automated 
   System Recovery. The server will then restore itself from the existing backup media.
</p>
<h2>Volume Shadow Copy Service</h2>
<p>
   Volume Shadow Copy service is a new feature in Windows Server 2003 that enhances data management 
   in two primary ways. First, it allows for the creation of point-in-time copies of data on a 
   volume. Backups can be done online, without stopping server activity, and without the problems of 
   inconsistent data or open files being left out. They can also be scheduled to correspond with 
   periods of low network usage. Volume Shadow Copy service maintains a set of previous versions of 
   files, called shadow copies, which can be used for data recovery when a file is damaged through 
   human error, reducing the frequency of restoring files from backup tapes. Shadow copies are 
   incremental backups, only recoding files which have changed since the last backup. This means 
   that backups take up less storage space. Volume Shadow Copy service is also supported with a 
   public Application Programming Interface (API), so developers can write applications that utilize 
   the features of this technology.
</p>
<p>
   The majority of accidental file loss is the result of user error. When a user accidentally 
   overwrites or deletes a file, the result is usually lost time as the user recreates work or 
   contacts a network administrator to restore a file from backup. Users on Windows Server 2003 or 
   the Windows XP Professional operating system can access shadow copies of their files from within 
   the Windows Explorer. This leads to improved productivity and a reduction in the number of 
   support calls for file restoration. Volume Shadow Copy services for users requires the Volume 
   Shadow Copy service client for Windows XP Professional, found on the Windows Server 2003 
   installation CDROM.
</p>
<h2>Additional File Server Enhancements</h2>
<p>
   File server management improvements are rounded out by the addition of a Web-based management 
   user interface, enabling server management from any browser, and new command-line tools for 
   managing local storage. In addition, the volume management tools have been improved to make it 
   easier to manage and administer a large number of volumes. These improvements, along with the 
   Volume Shadow Copy service and ASR, add up to fewer support calls and less time spent on 
   administrative tasks. The result is lower total cost of ownership for your file server 
   infrastructure.
</p>
<p>
   The effectiveness of your file and print infrastructure is not simply a matter of new tools and 
   features. Windows Server 2003 has a number of performance enhancements. NTFS has been designed to 
   minimize the circumstances in which CHKDSK needs to be run. Nevertheless, in those rare cases 
   where it is required, CHKDSK performance has been radically improved, reducing the amount of 
   downtime caused by CHKDSK. The defragmentation tool has also been optimized for better 
   performance.
</p>
<p>
   Reliability has also been enhanced in Windows Server 2003 to enable a greater proportion of 
   uptime. If high availability is required in your organization, you can utilize high availability 
   clustering with Windows Server 2003 on your storage servers. High availability clustering can 
   also be combined with Network Load Balancing to enhance the performance of a storage cluster. The 
   NTFS file system also has higher performance and supports larger volumes in Windows Server 2003 
   than ever before.
</p>
<h2>When to Use Windows Server 2003</h2>
<p>
   In evaluating a possible upgrade of all or part of your file server infrastructure to Windows 
   Server 2003, the time and cost associated with the upgrade should be measured against the 
   long-term savings of an infrastructure that is easier to use and manage. If you have a large 
   number of file shares, DFS can greatly simplify your environment. This not only enhances user 
   productivity and reduces support calls, but makes your entire infrastructure easier to manage. 
   DFS and the Volume Shadow Copy service both help improve the availability of file servers by 
   simplifying backup and restore procedures. If your network utilizes Windows XP Professional as a 
   client operating system, support calls due to accidental file loss can be reduced even more by 
   implementing the Volume Shadow Copy Services client for users. The higher performance of Windows 
   Server 2003 and the NTFS file system on Windows Server 2003 may allow you to eliminate redundant 
   hardware, leading to further savings. In addition, you should consider the amount of time your IT 
   staff devotes to managing file servers and responding to support calls. Improved management 
   methodologies in Windows Server 2003 can save significant time and money in the IT department, 
   freeing up staff for more useful tasks.
</p>
<h2>Print Server Improvements</h2>
<p>
   On the print server side, Windows Server 2003 offers improvements in manageability, reliability, 
   and performance. Print driver management and reliability has been improved with kernel-mode 
   driver blocking, giving administrators control over driver installation on the server. At the 
   same time, the latest enhancements to Plug and Play, and built-in support for over 3,800 printer 
   drivers, greatly facilitate hardware installation, configuration, and upgrading. Printers can be 
   installed and configured remotely and via scripts using WMI in Windows Server 2003, and if you 
   are using a print cluster, you can now install drivers on all nodes in the cluster 
   simultaneously. Administrators have printer scheduling and access controls, enabling them to 
   optimize printer availability and usage. Most printer management functions can now be handled 
   through a command-line interface as well as scripted for automated management. File spooling has 
   been optimized for higher print volume management, getting documents to users faster. Upgrading 
   your print servers to Windows Server 2003 or aggregating your organization’s printers on a 
   Windows Server 2003 print server can greatly reduce the headaches and administrative load of 
   maintaining your print infrastructure.
</p>
<h2>Storage Area Network Support</h2>
<p>
   One final area where Windows Server 2003 has seen major improvements is in supporting Storage 
   Area Network (SAN) configurations. In response to customer demand for more SAN friendly tools, 
   Microsoft has included a number of new innovations in Windows Server 2003, including the Virtual 
   Disk Server (VDS) and Winsock Direct. Virtual Disk Service, a new technology in Windows Server 
   2003, provides standardized interfaces for handling device virtualization in a SAN environment. 
   VDS enables third-party vendors to write VDS providers, standardizing communications with 
   heterogeneous environments under a unified management interface. Winsock Direct is another new 
   technology in Windows Server 2003 that streamlines communications between SANs and Ethernet-based 
   networks and technologies.
</p>
<h1><a name="__RefHeading__52_1154257163"></a>Web Application Server</h1>
<p>
   One of the fastest growing server roles in today’s computing environment is that of the Web 
   application server. More and more organizations are finding ways to serve content, disseminate 
   information, and collaborate with employees, partners,and customers over the Web. Many of these 
   organizations are looking at their Web application servers as more than just a way to publish 
   information; they expect them to play a key role in developing new business opportunities IIS 6 
   incorporates powerful enhancements in the areas of performance, reliability, manageability, and 
   security that make it the platform of choice for hosting today’s Web applications. In addition, 
   IIS 6 supports new and emerging technologies like XML, SOAP, and Microsoft .NET.
</p>
<h2>Reliability Improvements</h2>
<p>
   Downtime due to faulty applications leaking memory and impacting the entire Web server has been a 
   major problem for many organizations. IIS 6 features a new request processing architecture 
   designed to prevent application issues from taking down the rest of the Web server. The new 
   kernel-mode HTTP listener, HTTP.SYS, is immune to the usual Web service disruptions caused by 
   user-mode code failures because no application code runs within it. It will continue to accept 
   and queue requests in case of such a failure. Customers have reported significant availability 
   gains including as much as 50 percent reduced downtime on Windows Server 2003 and IIS 6 compared 
   with previous Web servers.
</p>
<p>
   Different Web applications and Web sites can now be isolated into separate groups called 
   application pools. Requests for services from each application pool are handled in worker process 
   isolation mode. This means that all application code runs in isolation. As a result, the failure 
   of a problematic Web application cannot affect or disrupt the other applications on the Web 
   server. 
</p>
<p>
   IIS 6 offers improved reliability through many features, including the combination of application 
   pools and automatic health monitoring. In addition, IIS 6 can auto-restart failed applications or 
   periodically restart worker processes in order to manage faulty applications. Individual worker 
   processes can be stopped temporarily without affecting the rest of the Web site. The Web server 
   does not need to be restarted when carrying out most maintenance and administrative tasks. 
</p>
<p>
   Worker process isolation mode allows a new technique called Web gardens. By default each 
   application pool is served by one worker process, but multiple processes can be assigned to an 
   application pool so that if one process hangs, others are available to accept and process 
   requests. This capability lies at the heart of Web gardens. A Web garden is roughly analogous to 
   a Web farm except that it resides on a single server. Web gardens help improve availability and 
   scalability because application requests can still go through even if one process hangs. 
</p>
<h2>Legacy Web Applications</h2>
<p>
   Many organizations already use a previous version of IIS to serve Web content or applications. 
   Although legacy applications may have some limitations inherent to the platform they were built 
   for, most applications will benefit considerably by being moved to IIS 6. Most applications will 
   run just fine under IIS 6, as the programming model and interfaces are fundamentally unchanged. 
   However, some applications written for previous versions of IIS may have compatibility issues, 
   such as expecting to have exclusive access to the resources they require. To handle these legacy 
   applications, IIS 6 can be set to a process model called IIS 5.0 isolation mode. 
</p>
<p>
   IIS 5.0 isolation mode allows applications written for an earlier version of IIS to run as 
   designed without interrupting other applications on the server. The IIS architecture still 
   prevents an application crash from causing the whole Web server to crash. In addition, 
   applications in IIS 5.0 isolation mode will still retain the full benefit of kernel-mode request 
   queuing and kernel-mode caching offered by the new HTTP.SYS. 
</p>
<p>
   It is expected that most applications will not require IIS 5.0 isolation mode. When moving legacy 
   applications to Windows Server 2003, evaluate each application and determine whether it can run 
   natively on IIS 6 or whether it should be run in IIS 5.0 isolation mode. For the few applications 
   that currently require IIS 5.0 isolation mode, a modest development effort may enable the 
   application to take full advantage of IIS 6. Even applications that do require isolation mode 
   will likely experience some performance and reliability improvement on IIS 6. 
</p>
<h2>Security Enhancements</h2>
<p>
   IIS security has also been enhanced in IIS 6 to meet the higher demands of today’s connected 
   environment. By default, IIS is not installed on Windows Server 2003, and when it is installed, 
   it is installed in a lockdown mode that serves only static content. An administrator must 
   explicitly choose to install IIS and enable greater functionality as needed by the applications. 
   In addition, administrators can exercise a high level of control over what functionality is 
   enabled on an IIS 6 server.
</p>
<p>
   All worker processes in IIS 6 by default run under NetworkService, a new low-privilege user 
   account, to minimize the effect of potential attacks. With only 5 privileges, compared to more 
   than 20 in IIS 5.0, IIS 6 includes more layers of defense. Worker process isolation mode prevents 
   any Web application from being used to disrupt another. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) has been 
   improved in IIS 6 to provide better performance and security. All these improvements and other 
   enhancements work together to make IIS 6 more secure right out of the box.
</p>
<h2>Additional IIS 6 Enhancements</h2>
<p>
   IIS 6 also features improvements in the area of management and administration. Setting up a Web 
   server is easier than ever. Using the Configure Your Server Wizard that ships with Windows Server 
   2003, an administrator can specify a Web Application Server role for a server and most setup 
   tasks are completed automatically. IIS 6 also includes new management tools and capabilities. An 
   administrator can backup, restore, or edit the new XML-based metabase dynamically without 
   interrupting service even while the Web server is running. With the XML metabase and command-line 
   options, administrators have new choices and options for Web server management. IIS 6 includes a 
   number of metabase tools that make it easier to discover and diagnose server or application 
   problems. The IIS administration MMC snap-in has also been redesigned to be easier to use. 
</p>
<h2>Web-Based Application Development</h2>
<p>
   IIS 6 will be of particular interest to organizations that develop Web-based applications. With 
   its full integration of Microsoft .NET, IIS 6 is the ideal platform to distribute Web-based 
   applications and XML Web services. XML Web services are building block applications that can be 
   assembled to provide business solutions. IIS 6 running on Windows Server 2003 is complemented in 
   this role by Visual Studio® .NET, the latest release of Microsoft’s development tools. Visual 
   Studio .NET includes all the tools needed to create XML Web services in any of a number of 
   computing languages, including reusable code libraries and debugging tools. 
</p>
<p>
   IIS 6 is also fully integrated with Microsoft Passport. This enables developers to take advantage 
   of the huge customer base of Microsoft Passport without having to manage user account management 
   issues themselves. IIS 6, Visual Studio .NET with the Microsoft .NET Framework and Windows Server 
   2003 together comprise the next generation platform for creating Web-based applications.
</p>
<h2>UDDI Services</h2>
<p>
   In Windows Server 2003, Microsoft introduces UDDI Services, a dynamic and flexible infrastructure 
   for XML Web services. This standards-based solution enables companies to run their own Universal 
   Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) directory for intranet or extranet use, making it 
   easy to discover and re-use Web services and other programmatic resources on the network. With 
   UDDI Services, developers can quickly and easily find Web services available within their 
   organization. IT administrators can efficiently catalog and manage programmable resources in 
   their network. Enterprise UDDI Services also helps companies build and deploy smarter, more 
   reliable applications.
</p>
<h2>When to Use Windows Server 2003</h2>
<p>
   Web servers hosting mission-critical applications or applications that require very high 
   performance will probably be your best choices for an upgrade to Windows Server 2003. 
   Mission-critical applications can take advantage of the robustness of IIS 6 to reduce downtime 
   and improve reliability. You may also want to consider aggregating Web servers onto IIS 6 to save 
   hardware and simplify administration. Since IIS 6 does a better job of isolating applications, a 
   number of aggregated applications will not interfere with one another. This allows you to 
   eliminate redundant hardware and centralize management and security of your Web application 
   servers. 
</p>
<h1><a name="__RefHeading__54_1154257163"></a>Secure Mobile Access</h1>
<p>
   More and more companies are making use of remote access and wireless LAN not only to connect 
   people and resources, but also to enhance productivity and create new business opportunities. In 
   response to the explosive growth and diversity of networking technologies, Microsoft has expanded 
   and improved its support for various kinds of remote access, including dial-up connections, VPN, 
   and wireless connections. Remote access creates new ways for companies to communicate with users, 
   partners, and customers, while increasing the efficiency of the workforce by providing them with 
   access anywhere. Windows Server 2003 has the features required to implement and maintain secure 
   mobile access in today’s environment. Depending on your current implementation, you may benefit 
   from upgrading existing servers to Windows Server 2003 or using Windows Server 2003 to implement 
   new technologies.
</p>
<p>
   More and more companies are making use of mobile access to increase the productivity of users by 
   giving them flexible access to networked resources. Routing and Remote Access and the WLAN 
   support offered by Windows Server 2003 can be used to give users secure wired and wireless access 
   to the network from home, in the office, or while on the road without compromising security. 
   Windows Server 2003 has a number of flexible offerings, which can be configured to meet varying 
   needs. Understanding your remote access and wireless needs is the first step towards a successful 
   implementation of Windows Server 2003 secure mobile access.
</p>
<h2>Security Improvements</h2>
<p>
   As the foundation to a secure mobile access infrastructure, Windows Server 2003 introduces 
   numerous improvements in the area of networking. Networking with Windows Server 2003 improves the 
   performance, efficiency, and ease-of-use of your networked systems. Point-to-Point tunneling 
   protocol (PPTP) and Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol over IPSec (L2TP/IPSec) provide organizations with 
   the means to create a secure remote access, standards-based solution for connecting remote users 
   and branch offices. A client for L2TP/IPSec is available for Windows NT 4.0, but it does not 
   offer the two factor, certificate-based authentication available through Windows Server 2003. 
</p>
<p>
   Windows Server 2003 includes the standards-based Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in the form of 
   Certificate Authority (CA). Third-party PKI may be used, but for optimum integration and lowest 
   cost of ownership, CA is the better solution. Windows Server 2003 also supports third-party 
   authentication methods, such as smart cards and biometrics. Windows Server 2003 includes built-in 
   support of the 802.1X standard for wireless LAN, which is the most robust security standard in 
   the industry. If you are concerned about security and need to give remote or wireless LAN access 
   to users, you should consider implementing Windows Server 2003 Remote Access Servers.
</p>
<h2>Remote Access Enhancements</h2>
<p>
   Windows Server 2003 also makes remote access easier for administrators to deploy and users to 
   use. VPN and RAS include an enhanced connection manager for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP 
   clients, which makes it easier to set up and use remote access. The Microsoft Connection Manager 
   Administration Kit (CMAK) includes a set of tools and technologies to customize profiles for 
   remote access users. This and a variety of other user interface and experience improvements help 
   users be more productive, reducing support calls from remote users. Another enhancement to 
   Routing and Remote Access in Windows Server and Windows XP is the quarantine feature for the 
   client. Before providing full network access to a client, the client has to undergo a status 
   check in quarantine state. Based on the policies of the organization, if the client is up-to-date 
   full access is provided otherwise access is denied until the client is updated.
</p>
<h2>Small Business Solutions</h2>
<p>
   Windows Server 2003 includes a number of features targeted at home and small business users that 
   make networking easier and more secure in those environments.<b>  </b>Internet Connection Sharing 
   (ICS) is a feature that can be used to allow multiple computers on a home or business network to 
   share a single dial-up or broadband Internet connection. Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) is a 
   basic firewall built into the operating system that allows you to secure communications to an 
   unsecured network through Windows Server 2003. These features are designed for smaller businesses 
   and should be evaluated in terms of the size of your organization.
</p>
<h2>Wireless Networking</h2>
<p>
   Wireless networking is a technology that is now emerging into maturity. In the past, creating a 
   secure wireless networking environment that is easy to implement, use, and maintain has been 
   extremely difficult. With Windows Server 2003, wireless networking has been made significantly 
   easier and more secure. Windows Server 2003 supports the IEEE 802.1X standard, which uses a 
   certificate-based network authentication and authorization model. New to Windows Server 2003 is 
   support for the Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP). Presently an IETF draft, 
   PEAP creates an encrypted tunnel for wireless connections before authentication so that passwords 
   are not compromised. PEAP also allows you to use secure wireless access without requiring an 
   extensive PKI implementation. 
</p>
<p>
   Windows Server 2003 also has a number of enhanced features to help support roaming wireless users 
   that adjust the configuration of the wireless connection when the user moves between wireless 
   zones. 
</p>
<p>
   Windows Server 2003 also includes support for the Extensible Authentication Protocol - Transport 
   Level Security (EAP-TLS). This protocol allows safe and secure access to wireless networks for 
   both employees and guests while extending the authentication functionality to a dedicated server. 
   Using EAP-TLS, the authentication requests are routed to a server running Internet Authentication 
   Services (IAS) for network access. EAP-TLS can also be used to redirect unidentified wireless 
   connections, corporate visitors, or other guests to a restricted LAN. It can also be used to 
   redirect connections that do not have a certificate to a particular virtual LAN for 
   configuration. If your installation needs to support unauthenticated wireless users, you should 
   consider implementing Windows Server 2003 with EAP-TLS.
</p>
<p>
   Most wireless networks use some kind of certification structure to identify clients. This can be 
   provided by an existing certification infrastructure, or by a certificate authority created by a 
   Windows Server 2003-based server running Certification Services. 
</p>
<p>
   Windows XP Professional is the recommended operating system for wireless clients and supports the 
   widest range of wireless devices. There are also a variety of wireless hand-held devices that run 
   the Windows CE operating system that can be used in a Windows Server 2003 wireless environment. 
</p>
<h2>Internet Authentication Service</h2>
<p>
   As the number of remote users and their methods of access increase, a centralized management 
   methodology becomes more and more important. IAS in Windows Server 2003 fills this role. IAS 
   fully supports the Remote Access Dial-in User Server (RADIUS) protocol and can act as a RADIUS 
   server for various kinds of access (including dial-up, VPN, and wireless) or as a RADIUS proxy. A 
   RADIUS server manages authentication and authorization of remote and wireless users. IAS collects 
   information about remote or wireless users as they log on, and provides configuration information 
   that determines how they may connect to the network. This not only makes it easier to manage 
   users, but gives you flexible options for handling users as well as greater control over the 
   security of your network. 
</p>
<p>
   The IAS proxy includes the ability to forward requests between RADIUS servers, load balancing 
   capabilities, ability to force clients to use a secure tunnel, and selective forwarding. An 
   IAS-based RADIUS proxy can authenticate users form another domain, even if that domain does not 
   have a trust with the domain in which the IAS RADIUS proxy is located. These features make a 
   number of scenarios possible. A corporation can partner with an ISP to forward remote access 
   requests from its employees to the corporate RADIUS server. This enables the corporation to 
   outsource their dial-up server. ISPs can form a confederation to provide these kinds of services 
   nationally or internationally.
</p>
<p>
   IAS also includes powerful logging and user management features. These include the ability to log 
   information to a SQL Server™ database. This provides rich information that can be used to analyze 
   remote access usage and diagnose any problems that arise. IAS gives administrators a high level 
   of control over user access. For example, IAS can be used to enforce smart card logon or check 
   for valid certificates. This lowers the total cost of managing and maintaining remote access 
   while giving administrators a higher level of granular control. Larger organizations in 
   particular will want to use Windows Server 2003 to improve the management of their remote access 
   implementation. 
</p>
<p>
   IAS also includes scriptable APIs. Development tools and a software development kit (SDK) 
   available from Microsoft enable you to build custom solutions on IAS that are suited to your 
   organization’s needs. 
</p>
<h1><a name="__RefHeading__56_1154257163"></a>Core Services Consolidation</h1>
<p>
   Many companies are achieving significant savings by consolidating their core services on Windows 
   Server 2003. Windows Server 2003 is fully integrated with Windows NT security, networking and 
   logon, making coexistence relatively painless. Although the most pronounced benefits can be 
   achieved by doing a full upgrade of your domain infrastructure to Windows Server 2003 with the 
   Active Directory® service, there may be reasons that you do not want to do this immediately in 
   your organization. You should consider consolidating core services, such as user logon, Dynamic 
   Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Domain Name Service (DNS), and so on if you want to take 
   advantage of the features and performance of Windows Server 2003 while preserving your existing 
   Windows NT 4.0 domain structure. Reasons for doing this may include the need to support legacy 
   systems that cannot be upgraded or a desire to upgrade systems incrementally.
</p>
<h2>Consolidation Benefits</h2>
<p>
   The benefits of a core service consolidation include increased performance, higher availability, 
   reliability and access to new features and technologies. Windows Server 2003 can provide faster 
   and more efficient logon and networking and name resolution for a Windows NT 4.0 domain. This 
   also provides an opportunity for hardware consolidation as redundant servers are eliminated. In 
   addition, a consolidated environment is easier to manage, not only because it is more 
   centralized, but also due to the powerful management features of Windows Server 2003. The overall 
   benefits of this scenario are lower costs and greater productivity. Microsoft and Microsoft 
   partners also provide numerous resources to assist in a consolidation scenario, including 
   roadmaps, technical expertise, and quick start guides to help you carry out your consolidation as 
   quickly and easily as possible.
</p>
<p>
   Core services can be migrated to Windows Server 2003 without compromising your existing Windows 
   NT-based domain structure. Windows Server 2003 uses the Windows family logon and authentication, 
   so it is fully interoperable with existing systems. Windows Server 2003 can interact seamlessly 
   as a member server in a Windows NT domain.
</p>
<p>
   Windows Server 2003 is the most reliable operating system that Microsoft has ever released. 
   Moving core services to Windows Server 2003 is an excellent way to take advantage of this 
   reliability in your organization. Windows Server 2003 can be clustered to provide high 
   availability and load balancing. If reliability is a key concern, you should consider migrating 
   your mission critical services and applications to Windows Server 2003. 
</p>
<h2>DNS and DHCP</h2>
<p>
   A Windows Server 2003 domain member server in a Windows NT 4.0 domain can be used to host DNS for 
   the domain. This enables you to take advantage of the higher reliability and performance of 
   Windows Server 2003 DNS, as well as improvements over Windows NT 4.0 DNS. Windows Server 2003 DNS 
   has security improvements including secure dynamic update and support for IETF RFC 2535 DNS 
   security extensions. DHCP improves mobility and makes it easier for users to connect to the 
   network wherever they are while also making IP address management considerably simpler for 
   administrators. Windows Server 2003 includes enhanced management tools for DHCP, including 
   automated backup and restore and migration of the DHCP database. This eliminates many time 
   consuming tasks that formerly had to be done by hand. Generally speaking, when using Windows 
   Server 2003 for DNS and DHCP, the main consideration for determining how many servers you will 
   require will not be server performance, but rather geographical locations and network performance 
   between them. In many organizations, this can mean eliminating the bulk of their existing servers 
   resulting in hardware savings.
</p>
<h2>Management</h2>
<p>
   Microsoft has created tools and wizards that make preparing a server for the DNS, DHCP, and other 
   server roles as simple as possible, including debugging and reporting tools to help you identify 
   and resolve problems as they arise. The new Configure Your Server Wizard allows an administrator 
   to configure key server roles, such as DNS and DHCP, quickly and easily. Windows Server 2003 
   includes powerful management tools like the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and a new 
   task-based interface that reflects the way that network administrators actually work.
</p>
<h2>Public Key Infrastructure</h2>
<p>
   Windows Server 2003 comes with Certificate Services and has certificate and trust management 
   capabilities that can be used to enable secure communication across insecure networks such as the 
   Internet, corporate network, or extranet. Certificate Services allows an administrator to set up 
   and manage certification authorities and grant and revoke X.509 v3 certificates. Although Active 
   Directory may be required to realize the full potential of Windows Server Certificate Services 
   and PKI, a Windows Server 2003-based server can act as a standalone certificate authority. The 
   advantage of this is that you can use Windows Server 2003 to provide certificates for internet 
   authenticated users, wireless servers, remote access users, and so on. Windows Server 2003 can 
   also be used to provide support for smart card logon.
</p>
<h2>Other Consolidation Opportunities</h2>
<p>
   In addition to core services, Windows Server 2003 is an ideal platform to consolidate other 
   applications, such as line-of-business applications, databases, messaging, and Web-based 
   applications. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and Microsoft Exchange 2000 provide high-performance 
   platforms for database and messaging consolidation respectively. Windows Server 2003 also 
   supports new tools and technologies such as XML, SOAP, and the .NET Framework. These technologies 
   in conjunction with Internet Information Services 6.0 make Windows Server 2003 an ideal platform 
   for Web-based applications. In addition, you can take advantage of technologies like Windows 
   Server 2003 Terminal Services by using Windows Server 2003 in your existing Windows NT 4.0 
   domains.
</p>
<h2>Total Cost of Ownership</h2>
<p>
   The primary consideration in evaluating any consolidation scenario is total cost of ownership. 
   Windows Server 2003 can allow you to reduce the overall cost of your network by eliminating 
   redundant hardware, centralizing and simplifying management tasks, and improving user 
   productivity. Consolidation also provides additional benefits in the form of increased 
   performance, support for new features and technologies, and higher reliability. 
</p>
<h2>Getting Ready for Windows Server with Active Directory</h2>
<p>
   Finally, core services consolidation has the advantage of being an important incremental step on 
   the way to an upgrade to Windows Server 2003 domains and forests running with Active Directory. 
   Ultimately, many organizations will want to take advantage of the opportunities provided by 
   implementing Active Directory. An incremental upgrade offers an alternative to the complexity of 
   upgrading your entire infrastructure at once. Core services hosted on Windows Server 2003 will be 
   easier to integrate into Active Directory in an eventual domain upgrade. This is particularly 
   true in the case of DNS, because upgrading your DNS servers is a necessary step towards a domain 
   upgrade. Active Directory provides single-logon capability and a central repository for 
   information for your entire infrastructure, vastly simplifying user management and providing 
   superior access to networked resources. 
</p>
<h1><a name="__RefHeading__58_1154257163"></a>Summary</h1>
<p>
   Windows Server 2003 offers many benefits when used in a Windows NT 4.0 domain, whether as a file 
   and print server, a Web application server, a remote access server, or for core services 
   consolidation. Because Windows Server 2003 reaches new heights in performance, reliability, and 
   security, it offers an ideal opportunity for hardware consolidation and associated cost savings 
   in infrastructure. It interoperates well with earlier Windows-based server computers and domains, 
   providing many critical improvements in productivity and manageability to the entire network. It 
   includes key new technologies, such as Internet Information Services, redesigned and optimized 
   for existing and future Web server needs. It also has the flexibility and robustness to scale 
   upwards not just for immediate consolidation but also for future growth. 
</p>
<p>
   In addition, implementing Windows Server 2003 as a member server in your Windows NT 4.0 domain is 
   a first step towards a more general upgrade of systems. Upgrading your domains and forests to 
   Windows Server 2003 domains and forests with Active Directory is the optimal way of getting the 
   maximum functionality out of Windows Server 2003. This enables you to take advantage of the 
   advanced management features of Active Directory. For organizations that need to support legacy 
   systems or that do not want to upgrade in a single step, a variety of partial and incremental 
   upgrade scenarios are available. The new Active Directory Application Mode lets you run Active 
   Directory as an application in your Windows Server 2003 domains. This lets you provide a portion 
   of the functionality of Active Directory to applications and services without requiring you to 
   upgrade your domain controllers. For more information on Active Directory in Application mode, 
   see 
   <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows.netserver/techinfo/overview/adam.mspx"><u>Introduction 
   to Active Directory in Application Mode</u></a> at 
   http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/adam.mspx. 
</p>
<h1><a name="__RefHeading__60_1154257163"></a>Related Links</h1>
<p>See the following resources for further information:</p>
<ol>
   <li>
      <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows.netserver/evaluation/whyupgrade/nt4/nt4townet.mspx"><u>Why 
      Upgrade From Windows NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003</u></a> at 
      http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/whyupgrade/nt4/nt4townet.mspx.
   </li>
   <li>
      <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows.netserver/evaluation/whyupgrade/top10nt.mspx"><u>Top 
      10 Features of Windows Server 2003 for Organizations Upgrading from Windows NT Server 
      4.0</u></a> at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/whyupgrade/top10nt.mspx.
   </li>
   <li>
      <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows.netserver/techinfo/serverroles/appserver/movingnt4.mspx"><u>Moving 
      Windows NT Server 4.0 and Windows 2000 Applications to Windows Server 2003</u></a> at 
      http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/serverroles/appserver/movingnt4.mspx.
   </li>
   <li>
      <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows.netserver/techinfo/overview/adam.mspx"><u>Introduction 
      to Active Directory in Application Mode</u></a> at 
      http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/adam.mspx.
   </li>
   <li>
      <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/default.asp"><u>Microsoft Windows NT Web 
      site</u></a> at http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/default.asp.
   </li>
</ol>
<p>
   For the latest information about Windows Server, see the 
   <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/default.asp"><u>Windows Server 2003 Web 
   site</u></a> at 
   <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003"><u>http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003</u></a>. 
</p>