My first review on Windows Server 2003

Last weekend I installed Windows Server 2003 Datacenter edition to my computer and I was quite amaze about usability issues on it. Apparently Microsoft has taken UNIX thinking on setting up server environment. In previous versions of MS Servers everything used to be open and setting up web server took only 2 hours max. Now you need 1 day to setup web server because everything is closed and to enable those services you need to know more than pressing next buttons on wizards.

Last weekend I installed Windows Server 2003 Datacenter edition to my computer and I was quite amaze about usability issues on it. Apparently Microsoft has taken UNIX thinking on setting up server environment. In previous versions of MS Servers everything used to be open and setting up web server took only 2 hours max. Now you need 1 day to setup web server because everything is closed and to enable those services you need to know more than pressing next buttons on wizards.

Funniest thing was that after installing IIS ASP.NET was disabled but w2k3 comes with .NET framework. When I manage to enable ASP.NET computer kindly told me that I’m not very secure anymore. Is this meaning that only secure way to use w2k3 is using plain html files on server?

All and all I think w2k3 security thinking will give problems on many companies because until now choosing Windows over Linux has been because windows has been much easier to set up. Now administrators are force to think/learn security. Maybe Microsoft was force to close those services but why didn’t they just made some setting to setup where I can choose do I want to care about performance/security or not. Anyway people who seriously think about security are not/or will run windows on their server.
Or would you feel ok if your local nuclear plant would maintain reactor heat on windows server. :D