Compared to the Whistler client releases, which became known as Windows XP back in February, the Whistler Server beta has been relatively quiet for a long time. Whistler Server hit Beta 2 in late March alongside Windows XP, when Microsoft noted that the two product lines would then follow different development paths. In late April, Microsoft announced that the Whistler Server products would be marketed as ‘Windows 2002 Server’, but it was later renamed to ‘Windows .NET Server’. Screenshots and lots of information can be found at the WinSuperSite and an FAQ is also available for the product.
Windows .NET Server Beta 3 Screenshots
2001-11-16 Windows 4 Comments
Does servers need to have a monitor???
My servers neither have a monitor nor keyboard and mouse
BeOS, Irix (MacOS X soon) on Desktop
FreeBSD on Server
I’m still not happy with IIS, I’ll need a lot more convincing to move over to MS
>command line tools were added to Server, such as sc.exe for starting and stopping services
Eh, I already do this to services with ‘NET STOP’ and ‘NET START’ in my scripts, Am I missing something?
> Does servers need to have a monitor???
Yes. I wish the Windows guys would change this. It is true that there are boatloads of added command line functionality on the cmd line. You can manage most of the machine this way now, assuming it is already set up. Windows ships with a Telnet server, and you can get ssh for NT off the SSH site, so it is possible to admin a box remotely (Or you can term-serv if you have a Wintel to do it from).
You do need to do original set up with a monitor though. I guess that isn’t really all that different from most OS’s though. You could probably build a FreeBSD boot disk with networking and telnet and then boot on the floppy and set-up remotely; but really, who does that?
The 1 feature that I would REALLY like to see in Windows is: TURN OFF GDI. When I have a headless server box, I don’t want to spend machine resources on fancy graphical interfaces! BTW: Does anyone know if you can turn off the Mac GUI in OSX?
I’m sure I heard of people doing that with NT4, even striping it down to just a floppy (yeah NT 4, not DOS).
However this was why back at UNI, so I could of been very drunk and miss understod.