Top 15 Windows Server Evolution and Innovations

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Aug 6, 2010

In recognition of Windows IT Pro's 15 years of publication, this new Top 15 list of innovations in Windows Server details the evolution from Windows NT back in 1993 to the current Windows Server 64-bit server standard. Windows SharePoint Services, Active Directory (AD), and Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) are some of the innovations mentioned in the story.

The top 15 innovations in the evolution of Windows Server over the past 15 years.

"1. Active Directory (AD)—First released as a part of Windows 2000 Server, AD remains one of Windows' core systems management features. AD is now used in all but the smallest of Windows networks for user and group management as well as central desktop management.

"2. Group Policy—Group Policy was another core Windows innovation that was part of Windows 2000. Group Policy is a set of rules used in AD that manage users, groups, and computer accounts. Group Policy provides the centralized management and configuration of OSs, applications, and user settings.

"3. Resultant Set of Policy (RSOP)—After AD and Group Policy had been available for a while, it became clear that IT pros needed a way to diagnose the order in which policies are applied. With Windows Server 2003, Microsoft released RSOP, which let IT administrators troubleshoot how Group Policy settings are applied across the network."

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