Microsoft Offers Peek Of Windows Server 2003 R2

by CXOtoday Staff    Sep 01, 2005

Microsoft has released a preview of its Windows Server 2003 R2, an update release of the Windows Server 2003 operating system that according to the company makes it easier and more cost effective to extend connectivity and control of identity management for internal and external collaboration.

Among its key features is the Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), which provides Web-based extranet authentication / authorization, single sign-on (SSO), and federated identity services for Windows Server environments, which increases the value of existing Active Directory deployments to B2C extranet, intra-company (multi-forest) federation, and B2B internet federation scenarios.

The Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM), an independent mode of Active Directory without infrastructure features, provides directory services for applications. Operating as a stand-alone data store or interacting with an Active Directory domain controller, ADAM’s flexibility enables administrators to tailor their directory services infrastructure to varying degrees of local control/autonomy or shared services.

ADAM provides a data store and services for accessing that data store, uses standard application programming interfaces (APIs) for accessing application data, and works with ADFS to provide a user store for extranet application authentication.

Furthermore, Windows Server 2003 R2 features federated Windows SharePoint Services, which extends SharePoint collaboration to business partners and customers. The update also offers Windows and Unix integration, which helps to establish uninterrupted user access and efficient management of network resources across operating systems.

The preview release can be downloaded from here.