Windows 2000 Advanced Server includes all of the features found in Windows 2000 Server, along with several improvements and new features. Among these new features is support for additional processors, memory management, multiple monitors, removable storage, and load balancing and clustering. Windows Server 2000 also introduced Active Directory. This service provides a centralized means of managing users, groups, and network resources throughout the network. Active Directory is scalable and can manage millions of objects in a single domain.
Windows 2000 Advanced Server supports up to eight processors. This multiple processor support makes this network operating system a good choice for enterprise applications such as Microsoft SQL and Exchange Server. Memory support has also been increased to a maximum of 8 GB of RAM. The combination of multiple processor support and additional memory support continues the scalability for enterprise applications that are resource intensive. Memory management has been extended to include Enterprise Memory Architecture, which provides application memory tuning also known as 4-gigabyte tuning (4GT), and Physical Address Extension (PAE).
Application memory tuning allows memory-intensive applications to utilize up to 50 percent more virtual memory on servers with at least 2 GB of RAM. This feature increases the amount of memory dedicated to applications and reduces the amount of memory used by Server 2000.
Multiple monitor support provides the option to view open applications on more than one monitor. This is especially helpful when member of the IT staff are monitoring the network in different windows or when connecting remotely to a workstation or server. With a single monitor, pop-up alerts from e-mail and instant messenger programs can be hidden when the remote desktop is maximized. With multiple monitors, it is easier to view such messages and reduces the amount of scrolling needed to navigate through windows that are...