Where have all the apps gone
The bottom line would seem to be that you can have improved security and reliability or you can have backwards compatibility.
I doubt this will be 'fixed' as far as the current suite of server apps. Remember, there's no great reason to upgrade to Win2k3 except maybe IIS6 and some security fixes. So unless your server is internet-facing, security isn't an issue (as far as worms, virii, etc).
Unless there is some major compelling reason for your specific circumstance, I would always wait at least a few months after a general release before planning a major production roll-out. No matter how good and extensive the beta/RC testing was there is nothing like having the product out in full scale for a while for truly putting it through its paces.
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Well I guess it just means they are not ready for the data center. Can you imagine Sun doing this? I think not.
I'd just like to notify you guys that you're talking about The Inquirer which is basically a rumour site with a strong anti-MS tilt. Don't assume that Windows Server 2003 has any serious problems unless it's confirmed elsewhere...
I read this article the other day which looks at the testing Microsoft have done on Windows 2003 server with real world customers using their real world systems - http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/winserver2k3_gold3.asp
That's ok, dear blind winbigots. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain
Poor Microsoft -- long bashed for holding onto legacy APIs that nobody uses anymore and when they finally do begin to leave the past behind, they are bashed again for incompatibility.
Can I imagine Sun doing something like this? You mean like when they switched from 68000->SPARC and broke all binary compatibility?
Kind of funny. 40B in the bank and MS can't even buy a break
Your current Windows 2000 server will be fully supported untill March 2007, so there will be 4 more years for all those apps to move to Windows Server 2003.
Just me (Sir to you)
Actually, its a five year support. The last two years are reduced support.
This actually bgrins up a good point. How many of you, that release shrink wrapped software, are testing against windows 2003? Joel are you testing City Desk using windows 2003? If so, have you seen any of these problems mentioned in the article?
Since it's not 'Windows 2003' but 'Windows Server 2003', I doubt if many people will be running CityDesk on it... That doesn't mean that it would be a bad thing to test with it - the next desktop release will be based on the same codebase (and some people might run the server version as their desktop).
"That doesn't mean that it would be a bad thing to test with it - the next desktop release will be based on the same codebase"
First, you're assuming that 'longhorn' will be the next desktop release - I doubt if that will happen. Longhorn is still several years from release and I expect the next desktop Windows to be released next year (based on past releases and on remarks from MS employees).
See http://www.wininformant.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=38967 - although MS have been known to change their minds before ;-)
I expect there will probably be an "XP Second Edition" between now and Longhorn, and it will be pretty much a non-event for most people.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
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