Windows 2000 Server– Overview and Features

Overview of Windows 2000 Server

Microsoft introduced an operating system named Windows 2000 Server which was designed for both client and server computers. It was the successor to Windows NT 4.0 and the predecessor to Windows XP. This operating system was being called as Windows NT 5.0 during its development period.

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Different versions of Windows Server 2000

Windows Server 2000 operating system available in four editions with their own features like Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Windows 2000 Data Center Server provide cluster service which helps a server to run applications that were running on another server that has stopped working. Editions of Win 2000 are listed below:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition

Main Features of Windows 2000 operating system

  • Active Directory

    Microsoft included Active Directory feature for the first time in Windows 2000 Server. Active Directory is used to store information about resources, users, or a group and its attributes.

  • Distributed File System

    Windows 2000 server operating system brought Distributed File System (DFS) feature which enables users to distribute files across multiple servers over the network.

  • NTFS 3.0 File system

    Windows 2000 Server introduced new version of NTFS file system i.e. NTFS 3.0 with new features such as file-system-level encryption, disk quotas, sparse files and reparse points.

  • Virtual Private Network

    This operating system provides virtual private network feature that allows you to make your computer a remote server and enables other users to connect to the server via VPN. With this feature, users can access shared files that reside on your system or on the network.

Support ended for Windows 2000

Microsoft ended providing security updates or any other support for Windows 2000 server on July 13, 2010. Since then all the users of Windows 2000 server have been vulnerable to virus attack. Furthermore, it is more likely that their data can be lost or deleted by malware infection. Windows 2000 server users may also face corruption in a hard disk due to Windows crash or application malfunction. All these issues results in missing valuable data. If your Windows 2000 server data have been deleted, lost, or corrupt then it is worthwhile to use a software called Windows Data Recovery.