Windows Server 2003

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This is the server counterpart of Windows XP.

Windows Server 2003
Version of Microsoft Windows
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OS familyWindows NT
CodenameWhistler Server
Preliminary nameWindows 2002[1]
Windows .NET Server 2003
Architecturex86, x64, IA-64
Latest build
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 December 6, 2005.[2]

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 on March 5, 2006), Compute Cluster Server 2003 (released on June 9, 2006), Small Business Server 2003 R2 (released on September 1, 2006) and Unified Data Storage Server 2003 (released on December 5, 2006).

Startup sound

There's a widespread misconception that this startup sound from a promotion animation (cut by TheCanadianToast) is used for a version of Windows Server 2003 for the United Kingdom. However, no UK-specific version of Windows was ever made until Windows 8 introduced the "English (International)" localization that replaces text strings from American English (which Microsoft had always used since the first versions of Windows) to British English. All versions and localizations of Windows Server 2003 use the Windows XP startup sound. No special edition of Windows for one country was ever made until Microsoft was forced to make N and KN variants for Europe and South Korea respectively which removes Windows Media Player and other features due to 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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