IIS 6.0 on Windows Server 2003: Installation and the Operating System

By Jason Zandri (Send Email)
Posted Jul 23, 2003


Welcome to the first installment of Internet Information Services 6.0 on Windows Server 2003. This series of articles is designed as both a refresher for the IT professional familiar with designing and administrating IIS 4 and IIS 5 as well as for newcomers looking to get their feet wet.

Our series on Internet Information Server 6.0 on Windows Server 2003 kicks off with an overview of the underlying operating system that explains some of the differences between versions and how they impact IIS 6.0. We also offer an accompanying article for a quick refresher on Windows file system options.

This installment begins the introduction to Internet Information Services 6.0 on Windows Server 2003 by providing an overview of the underlying operating system, explaining some of the differences between the versions. We are also providing an accompanying article that offer a quick refresher on file systems.

There are four versions in the Windows 2003 Server family.

Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
Minimum Computer/Processor 133 MHz or higher Pentium-compatible CPU
Recommended Computer/Processor 550 MHz or higher Pentium-compatible CPU
Minimum Memory Supported 128 MB RAM
Recommended Memory 256 MB RAM
Maximum Memory 2 GB
Hard Disk 2 GB hard disk with a minimum of 1.5 GB free space.
(Additional free hard disk space is required if installing over a network.)
CPU Support Up to two CPUs on one machine

Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition

Minimum Computer/Processor 133 MHz or higher Pentium-compatible CPU
Recommended Computer/Processor 550 MHz or higher Pentium-compatible CPU
Minimum Memory supported 128 MB
Recommended Memory 256 MB
Maximum Memory 4 GB
Hard Disk 2 GB hard disk with a minimum of 1.5 GB free space.
(Additional free hard disk space is required if installing over a network.)
CPU Support Up to four CPUs on one machine

Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition

Minimum Computer/Processor 133 MHz for x86-based deployments, 733 MHz for Itanium-based deployments
Recommended Computer/Processor 733 MHz or higher Pentium-compatible CPU on both x86-based and Itanium-based systems
Minimum Memory Supported 128 MB
Recommended Memory 256 MB
Maximum Memory 32 GB for x86-based deployments, 64 GB for Itanium-based deployments
Hard Disk 1.5 GB for x86-based systems, 2.0 GB for Itanium-based systems
(Additional free hard disk space is required if installing over a network.)
CPU Support Up to eight CPUs on one machine

Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition

Minimum Computer/Processor 400 MHz for x86-based deployments; 733 MHz for Itanium-based deployments
Recommended Computer/Processor 733 MHz or higher Pentium-compatible CPU on both x86-based and Itanium-based systems
Minimum Memory Supported 512 MB
Recommended Memory 1 GB
Maximum Memory 64 GB for x86-based deployments; 512 GB for Itanium-based deployments
Hard Disk 1.5 GB for x86-based systems; 2.0 GB for Itanium-based systems
(Additional free hard disk space is required if installing over a network.)
CPU Support A minimum of eight CPUs on one machine and a maximum of 64

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