Features of Advanced Server in Windows® 2000
Get to know more about the features of advanced server in Windows 2000.
This operating system contains all of the features and functionality of the standard version of Windows 2000 Server, plus additional features for organizations that require higher levels of scalability, reliability, and availability. This operating system carries all of the features and functionality of the standard version of Windows 2000 Server, plus additional features for organizations that require higher levels of scalability, reliability, and availability. It also provides integrated system scalability through enhanced symmetric multiprocessing. It is a graphical OS, primarily designed for corporate workstations and servers which also integrate Microsoft BackOffice with a broader range of device drivers including USB and IEEE support. Windows Advanced Server gives the organizations a powerful and tangible alternative to more expensive proprietary solutions combined with relatively inexpensive PC hardware.
The following points discuss the features of Windows 2000 Advanced Server:
- Cluster Service
- Network Load Balancing
- High-Performance Sorting
Windows 2000 Advanced Server provides multisystem services for server clustering as a standard part of the product. A set of independent servers referred to as nodes that are managed together is called server cluster. The objective of clustering is to provide very high levels of application and data availability to the user. Cluster service minimizes downtime and reduces IT costs by providing an architecture that keeps systems running in the event of a single system failure which means clustering addresses both planned sources of downtime such as hardware and software upgrades and unplanned, failure-driven outages.
Network Load Balancing
It enables organizations to cluster up to 32 servers running Windows 2000 Advanced Server to evenly distribute incoming traffic while also monitoring server and NIC health. The dual benefits of simple, incremental scalability combined with high-availability make it ideal for use with business-critical e-commerce, hosting and Terminal Services applications. NLB also introduces the concept of software scaling, or scaling out, where administrators can add capacity to their server farms by simply plugging in additional NLB-configured servers as needed.
Windows 2000 Advanced Server optimizes commercial sorting performance of large data sets and this sort will typically be used to prepare data for loading in data warehouse and data mart applications and to prepare large sort-sensitive print and batch operations. It also supports up to eight gigabytes of memory with processors supporting Intel's Physical Address Extensions combined with support for 8-way SMP, enhanced large memory support ensures that the most demanding memory and processor-intensive applications can be run on this server.