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Windows 2000 Advanced Server is the latest server based opertaing system from those chaps at Microsoft. It succession from Windos NT Server 4.0 has taken many years of hard earned development and was finaly realeased in February of this year.
Designed specificaly for businesses to run their e-commerce systems and mission crtical applications ie client data. It has a wealth of well-integrated tools and technologies which make the Microsoft platform a compelling choice for the business enterprise.
Active Directory, Microsoft's new directory service included in Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, makes management across the platform much more powerful. Mixing great performance, easy administration, and better reliability, the Windows 2000 and Internet Information Server (IIS) 5.0 combination adds up to a very strong platform suitable for almost any size and type of site. The new IIS 5.0 supports several appealing features that can make the lives of Webmasters easier. First, the product comes with built-in performance options for small and large sites. It also supports security features such as Kerberos key distribution and certificate management.
You can also perform administrative tasks through a browser; we found this only slightly less efficient than the MMC approach.
All in all, the Microsoft Web platform is a very tightly integrated solution that performs extremely well, has very strong supporting tools for developers, and would make a strong platform on which to build an e-business.