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Difference between 2003 and 2008 Windows..!!!

Difference between Windows 2003 and 2008

Before proceeding to the depth of windows, it's neccessary to know the basic things about windows , which can make your study more confortable.

Below are the following difference between 2003 and 2008:-

The Windows 2008 is combination of vista and windows 2003r2. There are many new services introduced in windows 2008.

  • Read-Only Domain Controllers are of the feature introduced in Server 2008.
  • WDS (windows deployment services)is added in windwos 2008 instead of RIS old functionality of 2003 server.
  • shadow copy for each and every folders are added in windows 2008.
  • boot sequence is also changed in windows 2008.
  • Windows 2008 supports 32 bit installation which makes it faster where as 2003 supports 16 as well as 32 bit.
  • Each Services are known as role in Windows 2008.
  • Group policy editor is a separate option in Active Directory Services of windows 2008.
  • The main difference between 2003 and 2008 is Virtualization, management. 2008 has more inbuilt components and updated third party drivers Microsoft introduces new feature with 2k8 that is Hyper-V Windows Server 2008 introduces Hyper-V (V for Virtualization) but only on 64bit versions.

The comparison of windows 2003 and 2008
Many feature are updated - as security , IIS and RODC.
in security it enable outbound firewall as well as inbound, IIS 7 release , Read only Domain controllers.


  • Virtualization
  • Server Core:-Provides the minimum installation required to carry out a specific server role, such as for a DHCP, DNS or print server.
  • Better security
  • Role-based installation -
  • Read Only Domain Controllers (RODC)
  • Enhanced terminal services
  • Network Access Protection:-Microsoft's system for ensuring that clients connecting to Server 2008 are patched, running a firewall and in compliance with corporate security policies.
  • PowerShell:-Microsoft's new(ish) command line shell and scripting language has proved popular with some server administrators.
  • IIS
  • Bitlocker:-System drive encryption can be a sensible security measure for servers located in remote branch offices