According to Active Win (n.d.) website Windows 2000 Advanced Server has all the features of Windows 2000 Server plus features that require higher levels of scalability, reliability, and availability. Windows 2000 Server offers features like Network Load Balancing, 8GB Memory Support, Virtual Private Networking (VPN) and Remote Management with Terminal Services.
Windows 2000 Advanced Server has added features with Network Load Balancing that increases scalability, availability, and controllability. Full rolling upgrade support will reduce downtime for users needing to receive important updates from the network. It will also provide high performance and has a very low cost overhead. These features add better scalability to the network. Automatic detection and recovery from failure and redistribution of the load within 10 seconds of change add better availability for network users and peripheral. Supporting client sessions and SSL are features that add better controllability to the network.
The Enhanced Symmetric Multiprocessing Scalability (SMP) feature allows better performance for users on the network. This is done by allowing multiple processors to be used on the server this process is known as scaling up.
Cluster Service offers several benefits to Windows 2000 Advanced Server. Cluster Servers are independent servers; grouped and managed together. This service can minimize downtown by planning of system-wide upgrades and the ability to recover from unplanned system failures. Riordan Manufacturing can benefit from System service by partitioning work across two nodes and put transactional production on one node and development and testing on another node (Active Win, n.d.).
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