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Windows Server 2003 Web Hosting

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What is Windows Server 2003?

Windows Server 2003 is Microsoft's latest server operating system release. This version was originally going to be called .Net Server, but was renamed Windows Server 2003 shortly before release. . This new operating system will eventually replace Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 Servers and is now considered Microsoft's flagship server operating system product.

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What is the difference between the Linux Hosting Packages and Windows Server 2003 Hosting Packages?
Linux provides a secure and reliable environment perfect for most of the hosting needs, but sometimes you may want to take advantage of some Windows applications such as MS Access, ASP scripting. For that you might need Windows Server 2003.
If you are developing your site using Microsoft-based tools, including FrontPage, Visual InterDev, Microsoft Office Extensions, or Access databases, our Windows Server 2003 Hosting Plans will surely meet your hosting needs. For all other uses, we recommend hosting your site on a Linux plan, which has a Linux-based operating system. To view the comparison chart between our Linux and Windows Hosting Packges, please click here.
Note: You can use either server platform regardless of the operating system on your computer or network

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Why should I move to Windows Server 2003?
Windows Server 2003 provides Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0.

  • IIS 6.0 is a powerful Web server, it is faster, more secure, more stable, and more scalable than any previous version of IIS, but IIS 6.0 is not available on any prior release of Windows.
  • IIS 6.0 enables organizations of all sizes to quickly and easily deploy Web sites and provides a high-performance platform for applications built using Microsoft ASP.NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework.
  • Almost anyone doing any type of web hosting on an older version of IIS will immediately see performance and stability improvements. IIS 6.0 will allow you to potentially host thousands more websites per server, and startup and shutdown times for IIS are dramatically faster.
  • IIS 6.0 can serve static content up to 200% faster than IIS 5.0 and can better isolate your applications to keep the server healthy - even when an application misbehaves.
  • The inclusion of the.Net Framework allows you to immediately take advantage of all of the benefits of Microsoft's newest development platforms and will run your.Net application code out of the box. It will also allow you to immediately begin developing applications which take advantage of XML web services.
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Benefits of Windows Server 2003
Benefits of Internet Information Services 6.0 in Microsoft Windows Server 2003

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What new features are in Windows Server 2003?
Windows Server 2003 contains numerous new features and abilities that make it a more robust and flexible Web hosting system. Windows Server 2003 has improvements and additions for application services, security, and much more. Most of these improvements will be transparent to you as they apply to our server-side of your hosting plan.
In addition, you can now install components that fit the ASP.NET installation model that our servers allow. For example, you can upload .NET assemblies (a form of Dynamic Link Library or DLL). To upload an assembly, just copy it to the /bin directory of the relevant IIS application. Visual Studio .NET offers the easiest method of uploading .NET assemblies as it uploads them automatically when you deploy your Visual Studio.NET project to the server. Additionally, .NET assemblies can also be uploaded through an FTP client or through Microsoft® FrontPage.

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Do I need to make any changes in my Web site's code or applications?
If you choose Windows Server 2003, the following two areas may require your attention:

* .NET Framework: Windows Server 2003 has .NET Framework 1.1 integrated within it. We recommend that you use .NET Framework 1.1 to compile applications for Windows Server 2003. If, instead, you choose to use .NET Framework 1.0, you may want to keep tabs on applications created within it so as to make sure that they run properly under version 1.1. In the great majority of cases, you should encounter no problems. However, if you do discover an incompatibility or glitch, please contact our Technical Support team.

* ASPmail-to-CDOmail: Our Windows Server 2003 plans will not support ASPmail. If you choose Windows Server 2003, you should use CDO mail or the native .NET mail solution.

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Do we support JSP or Servletes?
No, we support ASP, ASP.Net, Cold Fusion, Cold Fusion MX, Perl and PHP.
But you can still use Java Applets. An applet is a program written in the JavaTM programming language that can be included in an HTML page, much in the same way an image is included. When you use a Java technology-enabled browser to view a page that contains an applet, the applet's code is transferred to your system and executed by the browser's Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

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