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Microsoft "Server" Family

I need some help, please.

Alphabetically:

BizTalk Server

Commerce Server

Content Management Server

Exchange Server

Host Integration Server

ISA Server

SharePoint Server

SQL Server

System Management Server

Windows Server Standard Edition

Windows Server Enterprise Edition

Windows Server Data Center Edition

Windows Server Web Edition

Windows Server Small Business Edition

Windows Server Media Center Edition

[I may have missed a few]

I admit this has me confused. As a multi-decade Microsoft OS
user/developer, I know and understand what the Windows Server Standard and
Enterprise Editions do. I understand Exchange Server and SQL Server. But,
since I have been focusing in other areas for the past few years, I have
lost track of some of the rest of this. I'm not even sure if I got the
internal word capitalizations right.

At one point, when I first found myself sliding a little left of the loop
(around late NT 4.0x), I figured, when I had the time, I'd figure out
BizTalk talk does and I'd be good to go. The next time I took a look, the
number of Microsoft products called "Server" had jumped from 5 or 6 to 15 or
more.

I assume that Windows Server Standard through Windows Server Media Center
Edition are all operating systems of one level of capability or another, but
what are the differences? But, among the others, while their names
sometimes suggest their use, which are operating systems and which are
standalone applications (like SQL Server)? How do they all fit together?

What I'm looking for is a simple, single document that describes the nuts
and bolts of each and possibly some diagrams of how they would inter-operate
in a complete system and showing which functions each one would pick up.
Nothing too complicated, but, not a cartoon of "Mickey Microsoft in the 21st
Jungle."

Can you point me in the right direction? Can anyone suggest a better place
to post this question? Can anyone, please, help?
Jul 21 '05 #1
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What I'm looking for is a simple, single document that describes the nuts
and bolts of each and possibly some diagrams of how they would inter-operate in a complete system and showing which functions each one would pick up.
Nothing too complicated, but, not a cartoon of "Mickey Microsoft in the 21st Jungle."


ah, the fabled "Rosetta Stone of [Insert Manufacturer Here] Product
Marketing Smokescreen(s)".

As legend has it, there may be an M$ version ... but you'll have to go to
the ends of the earth to find it.

seriously - i don't know if such a doc exists, but you can probably cobble
together a decent personal understanding by drilling down these links a few
levels:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...m/default.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/products/in...t.aspx?View=22

also, try some searches for stuff like "server family" , "enterprise
roadmap", "server roadmap" etc. on M$.com
also, (their suggestion), you can subscribe to TechNet to get the real
answers...
(yep, you read that right: "Pay us to figure out which of our products you
want to buy.")

GL hth! =)

--------------
the positive irony of it all - while poking around at M$.com to compose this
post, i got to take a survey including the question: 'how easy is it to
find what you're looking for?'. my answer... 'is 0 the lowest rating on
the scale?'... >:)
Jul 21 '05 #2
Hi,

Thanks for your post.

You can find the information of Microsoft Servers in Microsoft web site at
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...m/default.mspx. It lists all the
Server Products by name and solutions for various scenarios say,
Communication and Collaboration, Data Managedment and Anaylysis,
E-Business, etc.

If you are interested in a specific product, you can visit its home page in
www.microsoft.com where contains the detailed product information, how to
buy, technical resources, etc. For example, the following page compares the
features of the Windows Server 2003 family:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv.../compareeditio
ns.mspx

Hope this helps.

Regards,

HuangTM
Microsoft Online Partner Support
MCSE/MCSD

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