This is a Service List for the Windows 2000 Server Products.

Active Directory IntegrationEdit

Active Directory® integration with the underlying security infrastructure provides a focal point of security management of users, computers and devices making Windows 2000 easier to manage.

Active Server Pages (ASP) Programming EnvironmentEdit

Active Server Pages is consistently rated the easiest, highest performance web server-scripting environment available.

Application Certification & DLL ProtectionEdit

Applications certified to run on Windows 2000 Server are tested by Microsoft to ensure high quality and reliability. Protects DLLs installed by applications from conflicts that can cause application failure.

Applications & Directory interoperabilityEdit

Windows 2000 compatible applications will install and upgrade onto the Windows 2000 operating system. Active Directory can interoperate or synchronize data with other directory services using Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Meta directory technologies, Microsoft Directory Service Synchronization, or Active Directory Connector. Integration with existing management applications and framework via Windows Management Services.

Automatic RestartEdit

Configure services across the operating system, including IIS, to restart automatically if they fail.

Backup and RecoveryEdit

Backup and recovery features make it easier to backup data and then recover data in the event of a hard disk failure. Windows 2000 allows back up to a single file on a hard disk and tape media.

Centralized Desktop ManagementEdit

Manage users’ desktop resources by applying policies based on the business needs and location of users. IntelliMirror® management technologies install and maintain software, apply correct computer and user settings, and ensure that users’ data is always available.

Component Object Model + (COM+)Edit

COM+ builds on COM's integrated services and features, making it easier for developers to create and use software components in any language, using any tool. COM+ includes Transaction Services and Message Queuing Services for reliable distributed applications.

Configuration WizardEdit

Automatically set up file, print, Web, communications, networking, Active Directory and DNS services with the Configure Your Server Wizard.

Delegated AdministrationEdit

Active Directory enables administrators to delegate a selected set of administrative privileges to appropriate individuals within the organization to distribute the management and improve accuracy of administration. Delegation also helps companies reduce the number of domains they need to support a large organization with multiple geographical locations.

Directory interoperabilityEdit

Meta directory technologies enable companies to use Active Directory to manage identity information stored in heterogeneous directory services.

Directory synchronization toolsEdit

Maintain and synchronize data between Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange and Novell NDS directories.

Directory-Enabled ApplicationsEdit

Developers can use a number of standard interfaces to write applications that utilize information stored in the Active Directory service about users, other application and devices. This enables rich, dynamic applications that are simpler to develop and easier to manage. All Active Directory functions are available through LDAP, ADSI and MAPI for extending and integrating with other applications, directories, and devices.

Disk DefragmentationEdit

Over time, fragmentation can have a severe impact on the performance of a busy file or Web server. These tools increase disks availability and performance.

Disk QuotasEdit

Set quotas on disk space usage per user and per volume to provide increased availability of disk space and help capacity planning efforts.

Distributed File System (DFS)Edit

Build a single, hierarchical view of multiple file servers and file server shares on a network. Dfs makes files easier for users to locate, and increases availability by maintaining multiple file copies across distributed servers.

Driver CertificationEdit

Identifies device drivers that have passed the Windows Hardware Quality Labs test and warns users if they are about to install an uncertified driver.

Dynamic DNSEdit

The Active Directory integrated, Internet standards-based Domain Name System (DNS) service simplifies object naming and location through Internet protocols, and improves scalability, performance and interoperability. Systems that receive addresses from a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server are automatically registered in DNS. Replication options with legacy DNS systems and through Active Directory can simplify and strengthen name replication infrastructure.

Dynamic Volume ManagementEdit

Add new volumes, extend existing volumes, break or add a mirror, or repair a RAID 5 array, while the server is online, without affecting the end user.

Encrypting File SystemEdit

Increase security of data on the hard disk by encrypting it. This data remains encrypted even when backed up or archived.

Enhanced ASP PerformanceEdit

More scalable Active Server Page (ASP) processing, improved ASP flow control, and ASP Fast Path for scriptless ASP files enable faster Web page processing.

Group PolicyEdit

Group policy allows central management of collections of users, computers, applications, and network resources instead of managing entities on a one-by-one basis. Integration with Active Directory delivers more granular and flexible control.

Hierarchical Storage ManagementEdit

Automatically migrate data that hasn't been recently accessed to less expensive storage media, maximizing disk space for the most heavily accessed data on the disk.

High interoperability with client computersEdit

Supports Windows NT® Workstation, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 3.x, Macintosh, and UNIX operating systems. TCP/IP Appleshare support improves resource sharing for the Macintosh operating system.

High throughput and bandwidth utilizationEdit

With support for up to 1 GB networks, Windows 2000 Server delivers high performance processing on high performance networks. Increased throughput increases performance without having to increase network bandwidth.

IIS Application ProtectionEdit

Application protection keeps Web applications running separately from the Web server itself, preventing an application from crashing the Web server.

IIS CPU ThrottlingEdit

Limit the amount of CPU time a Web application or site can use to ensure that processor time — and therefore better performance — is available to other Web sites or to non-Web applications. Integrated Directory Services Windows 2000 introduces Active Directory, a scalable, standard-compliant directory service that makes Windows 2000 easier to manage, more secure, and more interoperable with existing investments. Active Directory centrally manages Windows-based clients, and servers through a single consistent management interface, reducing redundancy and maintenance costs.

Internet Connection SharingEdit

Enables multiple users within small business or workgroups to share a single external Internet connection, making connection to the Internet easier.

Internet Information Services 5.0 (IIS)Edit

Integrated Web services enable users to easily host and manage Web sites to share information, create Web-based business applications, and extend file, print, media and communication services to the Web.

Internet PrintingEdit

Send print jobs across the Internet to a URL.

Job Object APIEdit

The Job Object API, with its ability to setup processor affinity, establish time limits, control process priorities, and limit memory utilization for a group of related processes, allows an application to manage and control dependent system resources. This additional level of control means the Job Object API can prevent an application from negatively impacting overall system scalability.

Kerberos AuthenticationEdit

Full support for Kerberos version 5 protocol provides fast, single sign-on to Windows resources, as well as other environments that support this protocol.

Kernel-Mode Write ProtectionEdit

Helps prevent errant code from interfering with system operations.

Kill Process TreeEdit

Stop all processes related to an errant process or application without rebooting the system. Microsoft Connection Manager Administration Kit and Connection Point Services These wizard-driven tools let administrators centrally configure and deploy customized remote access dialers that can integrate automatic-update phonebooks, custom connect actions (like firewall authentication and client virus inspection), driver updates and more.

Microsoft Management Console (MMC)Edit

Unify and simplify system management tasks through a central, customizable console that allows control, monitoring, and administration of widespread network resources. All management functions in Windows 2000 are available through the Microsoft Management Console (MMC).

Multi site HostingEdit

Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0 allows you to host more Web sites per server with high performance.

Multi-master ReplicationEdit

Active Directory uses multi-master replication to ensure high scalability and availability in distributed network configurations. "Multi-master" means that each directory replica in the network is a peer of all other replicas; changes can be made to any replica and will be reflected across all of them.

Multimedia PlatformEdit

With integrated Windows Media™ Services, configure and manage high-quality digital media content across the Internet and intranets — delivering live and on-demand content to the maximum number of users.


Windows 2000 Server works with networking devices that support the latest networking technologies, including Plug and Play, DSL, VPN, routing, NAT, DHCP, Quality of Services switches and routers, Directory-Enabled Networking devices, IPSec, SSL, and Asynchronous Transfer Mode.


Windows 2000 Server works with the newest peripherals such as storage management hardware, USB printers, network adapters, keyboards and mouse devices. It delivers advanced printer driver support, as well as support for 1394, PCMCIA, infra-red and digital devices.

PKI Group Policy ManagementEdit

Centrally manage Domain wide-PKI policies. Specify which certification authorities a client will trust, distribute new root certificates, adjust IPSec policy or determine if a user will be required to use smart cards to long onto a particular system.

Plug and Play=Edit

Automatically detect and recognize newly installed components, simplifying network system configuration and reducing service down time.

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)Edit

The Certificate Server is a critical part of a public key infrastructure that allows customers to issue their own x.509 certificates to their users for PKI functionality such as certificate-based authentication, IPSec, secure email, etc. Integration with Active Directory simplifies user enrollment.

RDP & CitrixEdit

Terminal Services supports both the native Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and the Citrix Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) protocol, via the Citrix MetaFrame add-on.

Remote Management with Terminal ServicesEdit

Safely enable Terminal Services for remote administration purposes. Up to two concurrent sessions are supported, with no impact on performance or application compatibility.

Routing and Remote Access ServiceEdit

Connects remote workers, telecommuters, and branch offices to the corporate network through dial-up, leased line and Internet links.

Safe Mode BootEdit

Booting in Safe Mode allows users to troubleshoot the system during start up by changing the default settings or removing a newly installed driver that is causing a problem.

Search for and Connect to Printers from a desktopEdit

Publish printers in the Active Directory service, enabling users to locate and connect to printers based on criteria such as location, ability to print color, or speed.

Secure network communicationsEdit

End-to-end encrypted communications across your company network using the IPSec standard. Great for protecting sensitive internal communications from intentional or accidental viewing. Active Directory provides central policy control for its use to make it deployable.

Security Configuration Toolset (SCTS)Edit

Reduce costs associated with security configuration and analysis of Windows-based networks. In Windows 2000, use Group Policy to set and periodically update security configurations of computers.

Server & Mainframe interoperabilityEdit

Message Queuing enables the exchange of information between applications running on mainframe platforms. Kerberos authentication protocol support enables interoperability with other systems using this industry standard authentication protocol. Services for NetWare is an add-on product that increases interoperability with NetWare servers and clients with Windows-based servers and clients. Services for UNIX is an add-on product that makes it easier to integrate Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 into a UNIX environment.

Service Pack SlipstreamingEdit

Simplify operating system updates by maintaining one master image of the operating system on the network.

Smart-card SupportEdit

Supports logon via smart cards "out-of-the-box" for strong authentication to sensitive resources.

Support for the Latest Security StandardsEdit

Build secure intranet, extranet and Internet sites using the latest standards, including: 56-bit and 128-bit SSL/TLS, IPSec, Server Gated Cryptography; Digest Authentication, Kerberos v5 authentication, and Fortezza.

System Preparation ToolEdit

Save deployment time by using SysPrep to create an image of a computer's hard drive, including the operating system and applications, that you can then duplicate onto other computers.

Terminal ServicesEdit

Run Windows-based applications on the server, and access from a remote PC, Windows-based Terminal or non-Windows device over LANs, WANs or low-bandwidth connections, through terminal emulation software. In Windows 2000, Terminal Services are up to 20 percent more scalable and have dramatically improved performance for both high and low-bandwidth connections.

Virtual private networking (VPN)Edit

A full-featured gateway that encrypts communications to securely connect remote users and satellite offices over the Internet. Now with an updated PPTP support and advanced security with Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol encrypted by IPSec.

Web FoldersEdit

Web Folders bring the richness of Windows to the Web, by using Web Document Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) to enable drag and drop Web publishing.

Web Telephony EngineEdit

Now you can use Web technologies and tools to create and run telephony solutions, such as Interactive Voice Response (IVR), for new levels of economy and operational efficiency. You can also use this service to turn your Web site into a dual-access Web site, so content can be experienced via a standard Web browser OR over the telephone using the telephone dialpad or speech commands for navigation and text-to-speech for content rendering. Web Telephony Engine is available in the Platform SDK with a royalty-free re-distribution license.

Windows DNA 2000Edit

With the Windows Distributed interNet Applications Architecture (Windows DNA 2000) – the Microsoft platform for developing Web applications – you can build secure, reliable, highly scalable solutions that ease the integration of heterogeneous systems and applications.

Windows File ProtectionEdit

Prevents new software installations from replacing essential system files.

Windows InstallerEdit

Windows Installer monitors application installations and cleanly performs uninstall/removal tasks. Note: Windows Installer can be used to install Service Pack 1.

Windows Management InstrumentationEdit

A uniform model through which management data from any source can be managed in a standard way. Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) provides this for software, such as applications, while WMI extensions for the Windows Driver Model (WDM) provide this for hardware or hardware device drivers. WMI in Windows 2000 enables management of even more functions.

Windows NT 4.0 Domain migration toolsEdit

Simplify the upgrade process to a Windows 2000 domain.

Windows Script Host (WSH)Edit

Administer the server and automate tasks via the command line instead of graphical user interface tools with scripts.

Windows Telephony Applications Programming Interface (TAPI) 3.0Edit

TAPI is a software abstraction layer that allows software applications from one vendor to work with a wide variety of telephone systems for great customer choice and flexibility. TAPI 3.0 adds media streaming and better IP telephony support with built-in H.323 and IP Multicast features, building on its existing support for traditional, client-server telephony applications, such as call centers, Interactive Voice Response, and more. And with TAPI's new Component Object Model architecture, you can telephony-enable your application using a variety of programming languages.

XML ParserEdit

Create applications that enable the Web server to exchange XML-formatted data with both Microsoft Internet Explorer and any server capable of parsing XML.

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