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I am currently running windows 2000 advanced server and it has been a bumpy ride. Looking at the current Microsoft options, it looks like Windows 2003 Webserver Edition is my only legal license (because the other versions are all limited to a # of users). Windows 2003 Webserver Edition is also cheaper than the other editions (I assume to compete w/ linux?). Its only about $350.
Seems like this version is stripped down to what you would need as a webserver only, but there are some limitations that concern me - first is a 2gb ram limit.
Anybody using Windows 2003 Webserver Edition? Anything else I should be looking at?
Now, when I say number of sites, I'm talking 100 or more. IF you're going to use it for just a few sites, it may not matter.
In addition, I don't believe you can run DNS on the Web Edition as it doesn't have DNS services.
Have you taken a look here for their comparison: http*//www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/features/compareeditions.mspx
The price is attractive, though, so I'm going to stick it on a box this week and see how it goes.
Trawling through some newsgroups, that appears to be the case. You can use MSDE, but that may be too limited. Web Server is basically for serving web pages, and that's about it. To use SQL, you'd want to either use Standard or Enterprise, or bring up a separate SQL server. I have found out, however, that mySQL works on Web Server.
Search for this in Google Groups: "windows 2003 web server SQL 2000" to get an idea of what I was looking at.