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Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit

Updated: January 21, 2005

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


Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit

Looking for The Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Resource Kit? See the Windows Server 2003 Technical Reference documentation, which provides comprehensive information about the technologies included in the Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 operating system. This set of Technical Reference documentation is designed to assist IT planners and administrators by providing the foundational information about the technology components of the operating system


  • Some of the links on this page are to English-only content on the Web, regardless of the language of your operating system. In addition, if you install a Windows Deployment or Resource Kit on a non-English operating system or on an operating system with a Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI), you will see some English content mixed with non-English content in Help and Support Center.

Windows Server 2003 Technical Reference

Technical Reference documentation for the Windows Server 2003 family of operating systems includes the following technology collections:

Active Directory Collection

This collection provides in-depth technical reference information about the Windows Server 2003 Active Directory® directory service and its components. These components include logical structure, physical structure, data storage, replication, and service publication. In addition, this collection includes technical reference information about the tools that are used to install, upgrade, and migrate an Active Directory environment.

Core Operating System Collection

This collection describes the core Windows Server 2003 operating system technologies. These technologies provide basic functionality such as printing services, data recovery, and troubleshooting.

Group Policy Collection

This collection provides in-depth technical information about Windows Server 2003 Group Policy and its supporting technologies, including core Group Policy, Group Policy components, and Group Policy administrative tools. These technologies enable you to deliver, apply, and centrally manage one or more configurations, including Administrative Templates (registry-based policy), folder redirection, scripts, security, and software installation settings, to a set of targeted users and computers within an Active Directory environment.

High Availability and Scalability Collection

This collection describes the Windows Server 2003 high availability technologies that are designed to reduce unscheduled outages and mitigate the impact of scheduled downtime for servers. This collection also describes the Windows Server 2003 scalability technologies used to increase or decrease computing capacity in order to address the capacity needs of an organization.

Networking Collection

This collection provides in-depth technical reference information about Windows Server 2003 technologies that make up a networking infrastructure based on the TCP/IP suite of protocols, services, and other industry-standard networking protocols and technologies.

Storage Technologies Collection

This collection describes the Windows Server 2003 storage technologies that are designed to help you store, access, and manage data on servers.

Windows Security Collection

This collection describes Windows Server 2003 security technologies, including authentication, authorization, and public key infrastructure (PKI), and provides detailed information about security policy settings.

Internet Information Services 6.0 Technical Reference

Provides information about running IIS as a Web application platform, ensuring that IIS stays secure, monitoring and tuning IIS, administering the server programmatically, and capitalizing on built-in IIS scalability features to manage large-scale deployments.

Tools and Technical References

Provides the complete set of Resource Kit tools and tools help, plus a technical reference on the Windows registry.

For more information about purchasing the Windows Deployment and Resource Kits, or to browse additional Windows Deployment and Resource Kit documentation on the Web, go to the Windows Deployment and Resource Kits Web site.

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