Windows 2003 Server & Security - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Software > Microsoft Windows and Software
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-24-2006, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2
Default Windows 2003 Server & Security

Hello everyone,

Firstly, greetings to all. This is my first post in this forum.

My question is this; I have a dual operating system on my PC, where am running both Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server (One of the great advantages of being a university student is you get these softwares free/or at very low cost through student licenses which the university pays for!!).
Well, anyway I have got norton internet security 2005 installed on my XP operating system, but I couldn't install it on windows 2003 because it complains that it is not suitable for a server operating system but rather it is designed just for a workstation operating system.

I am told the same goes for Mcafee internet security and a friend said that is possibly also the case with ZoneLabs Zone Alarm security software.

Could anyone please enlighten me as to what full internet security software systems I can get that will be compatible with Windows 2003 server. I don't want to buy a security software only to find out after trying that it is not compatible with win 2k3 server.

(By the way, I hope I have made my post in the right place/category. If not, and I am supposed to make this post in the virus/protection category then please accept my apologies)
Thank you in advance

Grendiazer is offline  
Old 02-24-2006, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 3,339

Server 2003 should not require such an software if you are carefull it is generally the most secure product out there.

<form action=\"\" method=\"get\">
<input type=\"text\" name=\"search\"> <input type=\"submit\" name=\"submit\" value=\"Search TF before you post!\"></form>
Vista Discussion | 64 Bit Discussion |Microsoft Homepage | Yo Linux | Paul Thurrott | Fire Fox | Thunder Bird | Image Shack | Photo Bucket | Put File | Anti-Spyware | MS Anti-Spyware | Trillian | Anti-Virus | On Line Virus Scan
Tyler1989 is offline  
Old 02-24-2006, 08:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 36
Send a message via AIM to drewrockshard Send a message via Yahoo to drewrockshard

Originally posted by Tyler1989
Server 2003 should not require such an software if you are carefull it is generally the most secure product out there.
id have to disagree with this.


my question to you is, why would you run a server on top of xp? if this has something to do with learning the software or something, I suggest you just put XP on your system and buy Virtual PC, and test and learn using that. W2K server is NOT the most secure OS out there, and frankly, there's no such thing. if you were to ask me though, I would have to save unix was.

thats not what this topic is about though, I think you should do what I stated above and if you were to go with any firewall of some sort, I would either setup a NAT, or if you want to go "software", I would use zonealarm, because Norton takes up way too much memory consumption.
drewrockshard is offline  
Old 02-24-2006, 08:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2

Thank you for the prompt replies.

drewrockshard, in regards to your post, you are not the first to ask why I run server 2003 on top of win xp.... I have had that question a few times before. The reason really is that I like the idea of having a dual operating system on my PC, so that if one system goes down or has some sort of problem then I can still use the other one and hence can still use my PC.

Also, I am using server 2003 because it is much faster than XP as it doesn't seem to use as much memory and resources; also it rarely ever crashes unlike XP.

Talking about "lower-rate-crashing" systems if I may call it that way one would question (as you did) why am I not using Unix/Linux since they are very powerful and rarely ever crash especially when compared to any windows system....Well the reason is that it has been about 6 years since I was using Unix/Linux regularly...Since then I've forgotten a lot of the commands and sort of lost touch with these OS's. It will probably take me a long time to get used to them again.

As to your final point about NIS, yes I completely agree with you....It is too heavy a software and takes up way too much resources. The only reason I am still keeping it is that I have a few months left of my subscription which will go to waste if I removed NIS from my system now. Once the year subscription is up, then I won't renew, and will probably go back to ZA (Which I used before) or better try to go for seperate firewall/antivirus systems, like Outpost Pro Firewall/KAV Personal anti-virus.

For the time being, I may try to install the free version of ZA on my win 2k3 server and if this works then I'll upgrade it to the pro version. If it doesn't support server operating systems, then I'll have to continue my search for one that does!!
Grendiazer is offline  
Old 02-28-2006, 01:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4
Send a message via Yahoo to forlovofhate

In addition to that question,
I am new to active directory and windows 2003 all together and I need help I have set up the switch, both computers hooked up, set the computer and the user in and I am still getting that the domain is not there, I have a connection but I tried to ping the server to workstation, and visa versa and I am still getting the same message.
forlovofhate is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:25 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.