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Designed for medium to large businesses, Enterprise Edition is the recommended operating system for servers running applications such as networking, messaging, inventory, customer service systems, databases, and e-commerce Web sites. The Enterprise Edition builds on the strengths of the Standard Edition by adding support for high-performance servers and the ability to cluster servers together to handle larger loads. These capabilities ensure system availability regardless of a system failure or how large an application becomes. The Enterprise Edition provides support for eight-way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), eight-node clustering, and 32 GB of RAM in 32-bit editions and 64 GB of RAM in 64-bit editions. The Enterprise Edition lets you increase server performance and capacity by "scaling up," or adding processors and memory.
Key Features Include:
Cluster service. Server clusters provide high availability and disaster tolerance for mission-critical database management, file sharing, intranet data sharing, messaging, and general business applications.
Multiprocessor support. Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, supports servers with up to 8 processors.
Metadirectory Services support. Microsoft Metadirectory Services (MMS) helps organizations integrate identity information from multiple directories, databases, and files with Active Directory.
Hot Add Memory. Hot Add Memory allows ranges of memory to be added to a computer and made available to the operating system and applications as part of the normal memory pool. No rebooting and no downtime are required.
Terminal Services session directory. This load balancing feature allows users to reconnect easily to a disconnected session on a server farm running Terminal Services.
Windows System Resource Manager. The Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) enables an administrator to allocate CPU and memory utilization on a per-application basis. This is a useful tool for server consolidation.