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    Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    What is the difference between this and Windows 2003 SP1? Looking at LNM which by the sounds of it cannot be used with R2 is there any good reasons to upgrade past SP1?

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    I have a new R2 file server to deploy in the holidays and the feature I most like is the ability to stop them saving certain files in their home folders etc.

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    Improved file and print server management are the main benefits you will see. They really are vastly improved over what was there and long overdue.

    See here for the other differences.

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    I'm moving to R2 over the summer for the same file type blocking reason.

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    Off topic slighly but do you need to update the schema if your introducing just a member server or is that just the case if your introducing a DC?
    I think with introducing a 2003 a 2000 domain you always had to but not sure in this case.

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    Can you upgrade your current 2003 sp1 machine?

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    Quote Originally Posted by tosca925
    Can you upgrade your current 2003 sp1 machine?
    Are you asking me or is that a general question?

    As far as I can see the media for R2 is a 2003 SP1 disc with a second disc with all the R2 gubbins on.

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH
    Quote Originally Posted by tosca925
    Can you upgrade your current 2003 sp1 machine?
    Are you asking me or is that a general question?

    As far as I can see the media for R2 is a 2003 SP1 disc with a second disc with all the R2 gubbins on.
    Indeed it is.

    Just a quick reminder for people going to R2 and not aimed at anyone in particular (not a moan, ms licensing is complicated!)

    Just remember the license is different too, so you only get to use R2 on servers with R2 licenses (unless you had software assurance on your original license - schools agreement to the rescue again for me).

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH
    Off topic slighly but do you need to update the schema if your introducing just a member server or is that just the case if your introducing a DC?
    I think with introducing a 2003 a 2000 domain you always had to but not sure in this case.
    I don't think you need to update the schema in that instance. Adding a 2003 member server to a 2000 domain is just like adding an XP workstation to one.

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    We have been using R2 for about 2 months now- it's pretty good. The file/storage management features are pretty good improvements over 2003 SP1- worth the investment alone for the file screening ;-)

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    Quote Originally Posted by kingswood
    We have been using R2 for about 2 months now- it's pretty good. The file/storage management features are pretty good improvements over 2003 SP1- worth the investment alone for the file screening ;-)
    Same here, have had our since feb and the printer and file management are great

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    In terms of cost then, can you simply buy an upgrade from SP1 to SP2 or do you need to purchase new CALS as well?

    Also, does anyone know whether with SP2 you can limit the length of filenames that the pupils save files with? I can't see a way of doing this currently and that would be great.

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    There is no upgrade path from server 2003 to server 2003 r2.

    It is classed as a new product and needs a new license unless you had active software assurance at release

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    Well I dont think I had active software assurance at release. I find it highly infuriating if it is the case that there is no upgrade path. I mean the cheek! Bring out an updated version of server software, with functionality that the first one should have had in it, and then make people pay all over again for the new version?

    It's like having to buy a whole new car if you want to have a muli Cd player in it.

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    Re: Windows 2003 Server Release 2

    Really now, come on, this is Microsoft! What did you expect? They'd give it you for free?

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