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Determining Hardware Requirements for Windows Server 2003

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

When you have a complete list of the hardware and supporting software used in your organization, compare the data you collected with the hardware requirements in Table 1.3 and Table 1.4 to determine whether your hardware is compatible with Windows Server 2003 and — where applicable — with Windows XP Professional. All of the client and server computers on which you plan to install these operating systems must be capable of supporting the installation.

Important

  • When determining the minimum hardware requirements for your deployment project, account for all of the applications and services that computers in your organization use. Some applications might require faster processors or more RAM than Windows Server 2003 requires. When evaluating the published hardware requirements for your applications, account for the complete desktop and server configuration.

Table 1.3   Windows Server 2003 Hardware Requirements

 

Windows Server 2003 Edition Number of Processors Processor Speed RAM Available Disk Space (for Setup) Monitor

Web

1–2

133 megahertz (MHz) minimum; 550 MHz recommended

128 megabytes (MB) minimum; 256 MB recommended; 2 GB maximum

1.5 gigabytes (GB)

Video Graphics Adapter (VGA) or higher; Super VGA (SVGA) (800 × 600) or higher recommended

Standard

1–4

133 MHz minimum; 550 MHz recommended

128 MB minimum; 256 MB recommended; 4 GB maximum

1.5 GB

VGA or higher; SVGA (800 × 600) or higher recommended

Enterprise

1–8

133 MHz minimum; 550 MHz recommended

128 MB minimum; 256 MB recommended; 32 GB maximum

1.5 GB

VGA or higher; SVGA (800 × 600) or higher recommended

Datacenter

8–32

400 MHz minimum

512 MB minimum; 64 GB maximum

1.5 GB

VGA or higher; SVGA (800 × 600) or higher recommended

Note

  • Upgrade your organization’s devices, remote access, and applications before deploying Windows Server 2003. For information about upgrading, see "Designing Unattended Installations" in Automating and Customizing Installations of this kit.

Table 1.4 lists the minimum and recommended hardware requirements for installing Windows XP Professional.

Table 1.4   Windows XP Professional Hardware Requirements

 

Minimum Requirements Recommended Requirements

Intel Pentium (or compatible) 233 MHz or higher processor

Intel Pentium II (or compatible) 300 MHz or higher processor

64 MB of RAM

128 MB (4 GB maximum) of RAM

2 GB hard disk with 650 MB of free disk space (additional disk space required if installing over a network)

2 GB of free disk space

VGA or higher video adapter

SVGA video adapter and Plug and Play monitor

Keyboard, mouse, or other pointing device

Keyboard, mouse, or other pointing device

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive (required for CD installations)

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive (12X or faster)

Network adapter (required for network installation)

Network adapter (required for network installation)

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