Difference between revisions of "Windows Server 2003"

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{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Server 2003 build 2250.1|2250.main.000628-2111}}
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===Technical Beta 1===
===Technical Beta 1===
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|Windows Server 2003 build 2257|2257.1.idx01.000810-2103}}
{{BLItem Confirmed|Windows Server 2003 build 2257|2257.1.idx01.000810-2103}}
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Server 2003 build 2267.1|2267.1.idx01.000910-1316}}
{{BLItem Leaked|Windows Server 2003 build 2267.1|2267.1.idx01.000910-1316}}

Revision as of 18:14, 30 June 2020

Windows Server 2003
Version of Microsoft Windows
Windows Server 2003 logo.png
WinSRV2003Enterprise RTM Desktop.png
OS familyWindows NT
CodenameWhistler Server
Preliminary nameWindows 2002[1]
Windows .NET Server 2003
Architecturex86, x64, ia64
Latest build5.2.3790
Release date2003-04-24
Support end2015-07-14
Web Server
Standard Server
Datacenter Server
Enterprise Server
Windows 2000 Server
Replaced by
Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2003 is the server counterpart of Windows XP. It comes in editions like Datacenter, Web Server, Standard, Enterprise and Small Business (the latter is technically a separate version). It replaces Windows 2000 Server and was replaced by Windows Server 2008.


Its internal codenames were either dotNET (.NET) Server (As evidenced in the Windows buildtree, where its source is located at D:\dnsrv) and during the development of Windows XP, it was codenamed Whistler Server.

Release 2

An interim release under the name of Windows Server 2003 R2 was released on 2005-12-06.

Other versions

As well as the standard Windows Server 2003, several other editions were built on the NT 5.2 kernel, including Storage Server 2003 R2 (released 2006-03-05), Compute Cluster Server 2003 (released 2006-06-09), Small Business Server 2003 R2 (released 2006-09-01) and Unified Data Storage Server 2003 (released 2006-12-05).

United Kingdom version

The British English version of Windows Server 2003 doesn't use or even include the widespread startup sound. That sound came from a promotion animation (cut by TheCanadianToast) The Windows XP startup sound were actually used for copies of Windows Server 2003 in all countries. There wasn't even a special edition for the United Kingdom of Windows Server 2003. There wasn't any country-specific editions of Windows until Microsoft was forced to release N and KN variants for Europe and South Korea with Windows Media Player and other features removed after antitrust lawsuits.


Pre-Beta 1

Technical Beta 1

Beta 1

Pre-Beta 2

Beta 2

Pre-Beta 3

Beta 3



Pre-RC 2


Post-RC 2


RTM Escrow


Service Pack 1 Beta

Service Pack 1 RC

Service Pack 1

Service Pack 2 Beta

Service Pack 2

R2 Beta


Storage Server 2003 R2

Compute Cluster Server

Beta 2

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