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Optimizing Server 2003 for workstation use and function

Its common knowledge that Windows server 2003 is on the of the most stable server platforms available. Its stability is said to rival that of Linux.
Here's a guide to remove all or most of the server like traits and have it function much like XP pro with many more features and much more speed and stability.
My experience with Server 2003 has been with the enterprise.

Walkthroughs and workings the inner workings of Windows Server 2003

Windows 2003 support forum (temporary until we get some more info, if this is prohibited by the TOS someone tell me

http://win2k3.msfn.org/ <--- Walkthrough
Most of that ^^^^ in a program(listed here), I suggest doing the registry edits etc. It gives you more of an understanding of how Server 2003 can be used.

http://labmice.techtarget.com/windows2003/default.htm <--- Support page (various links to MS web page catagorised)

How to disable windows event tracker by kc-tr


Some more utility's: (brought to you by -iceblade^)

Server to windows xp conversion
Working link
Workstation easy conversion exe:
Server 2003 workstation .exe
Its about 500kb's and you can edit some hard to find features easily
(I suggest doing the registry edits etc. It gives you more of an understanding of how Server 2003 can be used.)
(Props to probn for finding the conversion.exe

Toolkit from microsoft.com

Overview: The Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools are a set of tools to help administrators streamline management tasks such as troubleshooting operating system issues, managing Active Directory®, configuring networking and security features, and automating application deployment.
(Server 2003 tool pack link and list on post #48 )

Helpful info on Server 2003 (the specifics)

I "dug" up some more info off wiki
Link to wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_server_2003

Standard Edition:
Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition is aimed towards small to medium sized businesses. Flexible and versatile, Standard Edition supports file and printer sharing, offers secure Internet connectivity, and allows centralized desktop application deployment. This edition of Windows will run on up to 4 processors with up to 4 GB RAM. 64-bit versions are also available for the AMD64Intel clone of that same architecture, EM64T (called, collectively, x64 by Microsoft). The 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition is capable of addressing up to 32 GB of RAM and it also supports Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA), something the 32-bit version does not. architecture and the

Enterprise Edition:
Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition is aimed towards medium to large businesses. It is a full-function server operating system that supports up to eight processors and provides enterprise-class features such as eight-node clustering using Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) software and support for up to 32 GB of memory. Enterprise Edition also comes in 64-bit versions for the Itanium and x64 architectures. The 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition [64-bit] is capable of addressing up to 1 Terabyte (1024 GB) of RAM. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions support Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA). It also provides the ability to hot-add supported hardware.
The main difference between Standard Edt. and Enterprise Edt. are the features, a comparison would be XP home to XP pro.

Server 2003 free trial!
WWW>> Here
You need an account on the Microsoft website. Here is where you sign in and download the ISO.

Windows Server 2003 R2 Trial Software Downloads
Windows Server 2003 R2 Trial Software
Trial software for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003 R2 is available for 180-day evaluation. Register to order a CD or to download the trial software.

Also server 2003 is targeted a good deal less by virus's than say XP. Windows server only makes up a marginal percentile of the total OS's compared to XP.
List of questionable games that may not run on Server 2003 normaly(tested by peoplez):
Diablo II
cs:1.6<(works?) - DOD - HL1
Redalert 2
Company of Heros

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I was lucky enough to get a copy from my schools computer admin for free

Oh and server 2003 runs games very well. But if the game was made before 2001 it most likely wont work.

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Originally Posted by Chipp View Post
Won't be a problem for me, although I'm seeing on Nvidia's site only x64 drivers for Server 2003? Surley they support the x86 versions, to. I'll have to dig a little deeper.
For all of my drivers I just downloaded the xp/2000 drivers. All worked fine.

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Great! Well if anyone has tried games out on server 2003 that dont work or work poorly compared to xp post them here and ill add them to the list.

EDIT: server 2003 support forum in first post.

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Well this thread is intended to show how you can setup your server 2003 installation so it runs like a work station. I'm just throwing in some personal experiance. I mean what other reason is there other than gaming to turn 2003 into a workstation?

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Originally Posted by Chipp
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I'm 100% server right now, I'm loving it. Incredibly quick.

Great! When I first installed server 2003 I compared its fresh boot speed from bios to desktop to a fresh boot on xp pro (server was converted to workstation)
Needless to say it booted 50% faster than my xp pro installation on the same type of harddrive. I've been hooked since. Never gotten a bsod

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Originally Posted by Grim View Post
How's the gaming performance?
Its obviously more stable but server is a very streemlined OS its more efficent and from my experience that translates to the games running better, less lag, less choppyness and more efficent utilization of the system resources compares to xp - xp pro

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Originally Posted by RADCOM
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Nice tutorial Chosen I posted it on my other of my forums and gave you due props, hope you don't mind? Cheers.

No problem! Glad to be of help. This is a thread for the people by the people!


Originally Posted by F3t1sh
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I tried Company of Heros and it sadly didn't work.


Wow i'm glad to see so much intrest in this, can't believe I didn't see the new posts
. As I get more info ill be throwing it up on post #1 thanks for everyones support!


and are server updates safe?

Of course they are. They are essential!

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Originally Posted by Chipp
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BF2 nags me that it has only been tested on 32-bit XP, but it installs and runs fine.

I'll have a few hours of free time later today for some serious benchies, so we'll see how things turn out.

BTW, this thread has been stuck.

Yeah it gave me that prompt too. Thanks for the stick!

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Windows toolkit added to first post! Heres a list of whats included. (sorry for the length)
Here -->>> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...DisplayLang=en

Free server 180 day trial added to post #1

The following tools are provided:

Acctinfo.dll (documented in Readme.htm)
Adlb.exe: Active Directory Load Balancing Tool
Admx.msi: ADM File Parser
Atmarp.exe: Windows ATM ARP Server Information Tool
Atmlane.exe: Windows ATM LAN Emulation Client Information
Autoexnt.exe: AutoExNT Service
Cdburn.exe: ISO CD-ROM Burner Tool
Checkrepl.vbs: Check Replication
Chklnks.exe: Link Check Wizard
Chknic.exe: Network Interface Card Compliance Tool for Network Load Balancing
Cleanspl.exe: Spooler Cleaner
Clearmem.exe: Clear Memory
Clusdiag.msi: Cluster Diagnostics and Verification Tool
Clusfileport.dll: Cluster Print File Port
Clusterrecovery.exe: Server Cluster Recovery Utility
Cmdhere.inf: Command Here
Cmgetcer.dll: Connection Manager Certificate Deployment Tool
Compress.exe: Compress Files
Confdisk.exe: Disk Configuration Tool
Consume.exe: Memory Consumers Tool
Creatfil.exe: Create File
Csccmd.exe: Client-Side Caching Command-Line Options
Custreasonedit.exe: Custom Reason Editor (documented in Readme.htm)
Delprof.exe: User Profile Deletion Utility
Dh.exe: Display Heap
Diskraid.exe: RAID Configuration Tool
Diskuse.exe: User Disk Usage Tool
Dnsdiag.exe: SMTP DNS Diagnostic Tool (documented in Readme.htm)
Dumpfsmos.cmd: Dump FSMO Roles
Dvdburn.exe: ISO DVD Burner Tool
Empty.exe: Free Working Set Tool
Eventcombmt.exe: Check Replication
Fcopy.exe: File Copy Utility for Message Queuing
Getcm.exe: Connection Manager Profile Update
Gpmonitor.exe: Group Policy Monitor
Gpotool.exe: Group Policy Objects
Hlscan.exe: Hard Link Display Tool
Ifilttst.exe: IFilter Test Suite
Ifmember.exe: User Membership Tool
Inetesc.adm: Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration
Iniman.exe: Initialization Files Manipulation Tool
Instcm.exe: Install Connection Manager Profile
Instsrv.exe: Service Installer
Intfiltr.exe: Interrupt Affinity Tool
Kerbtray.exe: Kerberos Tray
Kernrate.exe: Kernel Profiling Tool
Klist.exe: Kerberos List
Krt.exe: Certification Authority Key Recovery
Lbridge.cmd: L-Bridge
Linkspeed.exe: Link Speed
List.exe: List Text File Tool
Lockoutstatus.exe: Account Lockout Status (documented in Readme.htm)
Lsreport.exe: Terminal Services Licensing Reporter
Lsview.exe: Terminal Services License Server Viewer
Mcast.exe: Multicast Packet Tool
Memmonitor.exe: Memory Monitor
Memtriage.exe: Resource Leak Triage Tool
Mibcc.exe: SNMP MIB Compiler
Moveuser.exe: Move Users
Mscep.dll: Certificate Services Add-on for Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol
Nlsinfo.exe: Locale Information Tool
Now.exe: STDOUT Current Date and Time
Ntimer.exe: Windows Program Timer
Oh.exe: Open Handles
Oleview.exe: OLE/COM Object Viewer
Pathman.exe: Path Manager
Permcopy.exe: Share Permissions Copy
Perms.exe: User File Permissions Tool
Pfmon.exe: Page Fault Monitor
Pkiview.msc: PKI Health Tool
Pmon.exe: Process Resource Monitor
Printdriverinfo.exe: Drivers Source
Prnadmin.dll: Printer Administration Objects
Qtcp.exe: QoS Time Stamp
Queryad.vbs: Query Active Directory
Rassrvmon.exe: RAS Server Monitor
Rcontrolad.exe: Active Directory Remote Control Add-On
Regini.exe: Registry Change by Script
Regview.exe (documented in Readme.htm)
Remapkey.exe: Remap Windows Keyboard Layout
Robocopy.exe: Robust File Copy Utility
Rpccfg.exe: RPC Configuration Tool
RPing: RPC Connectivity Verification Tool
Rqc.exe: Remote Access Quarantine Client
Rqs.exe: Remote Access Quarantine Agent
Setprinter.exe: Spooler Configuration Tool
Showperf.exe: Performance Data Block Dump Utility
Showpriv.exe: Show Privilege
Sleep.exe: Batch File Wait
Sonar.exe: FRS Status Viewer
Splinfo.exe: Print Spooler Information
Srvany.exe: Applications as Services Utility
Srvcheck.exe: Server Share Check
Srvinfo.exe: Remote Server Information
Srvmgr.exe: Server Manager
Ssdformat.exe: System State Data Formatter
Tcmon.exe: Traffic Control Monitor
Timeit.exe (documented in Readme.htm)
Timezone.exe: Daylight Saving Time Update Utility
Tsctst.exe: Terminal Server Client License Dump Tool
Tsscalling.exe: Terminal Services Scalability Planning Tools
Uddicatschemeeditor.exe: UDDI Services Categorization Scheme Editor
Uddiconfig.exe: UDDI Services Command-line Configuration Utility
Uddidataexport.exe: UDDI Data Export Wizard
Usrmgr.exe: User Manager for Domains
Vadump.exe: Virtual Address Dump
Vfi.exe: Visual File Information
Volperf.exe: Shadow Copy Performance Counters
Volrest.exe: Shadow Copies for Shared Folders Restore Tool
Vrfydsk.exe: Verify Disk
Winexit.scr: Windows Exit Screen Saver
Winhttpcertcfg.exe: WinHTTP Certificate Configuration Tool
Winhttptracecfg.exe: WinHTTP Tracing Facility Configuration Tool
Winpolicies.exe: Policy Spy
Wins.dll: WINS Replication Network Monitor Parser
Wlbs_hb.dll & Wlbs_rc.dll: Windows Load Balancing Server Network Monitor Parsers


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Originally Posted by Chipp View Post
Funny that you picked today to bump this.

I mucked some things up trying to revert to "default" icons, and as a result had to run a repair install. Now that it's mostly fresh again, I've fallen in love with the seed all over again.

Ouch. Well once I get my "good" PC with server 2003 back up i'll dig up some more info. I feel lost without server
i've been using xp pro for about 3 months now and i'm sick of the lockups
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