What's New

One of the basic functions of any network operating system is to provide network services. In a TCP/IP-based network, the most basic of these services range from the core services such as DHCP, WINS, and DNS (which provide connectivity and the capability to locate resources) to accessing those resources via methods such as file sharing.

Windows Server 2003 introduces a number of enhancements to these network services. The majority of these enhancements are changes to the various core network service consoles (DHCP, WINS), whereas others add increased functionality (application partitions in AD-integrated DNS). Additional improvements with other network-accessible services have been made primarily to make those services more accessible (fax sharing, shadow copies, EFS file sharing, and sharing of files across the Web). This chapter looks at the improvements to each of these services.