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Windows Server - Screenshot Blitz

written by: George Garza•edited by: Christian Cawley•updated: 3/29/2010

Users of Windows Server 2003 typically know their way around the desktop. But new users may find their way around intimidating or confusing. Here are some screenshots about the system and what they do.

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    Server 2003

    For starters, let's see what the screens look like when you start the installation process. Here are three screenshots that summarize some of the action. The actual step by step process will be more involved.

    The Server 2003 installation process begins with the CD and reboot.

    Installation - From CD The next step is the license acceptance operation.

    Installation License Page [3] Installation-FileCopying The Setup is complete when the final radio button is activated. The entire process can take up to one hour.

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    Server 2003 - The Desktop

    Once the Server software is installed, we can get a quick glance at the performing desktop.

    Here are a set of screen images that will provide you with an overview.

    Use the Start Button to Launch the Menu Click Start and see the menu.

    The Empty Desktop The Same Desktop now with various Windows open.

    This set of screenshots shows the initial desktop and how it can be populated with various applications and information windows.

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    Server 2003 - Visual Applications

    Once you are familiar with the desktop, we should look at some visual applications. Here we look at only two out of the many available.

    Multimedia-Presentations Windows Media This is the Windows Media 9 Series which can be used to play movies, Youtube videos, or other videos.

    5InternetExplorer-App This is the Internet Explorer, Microsoft's browser which is bare, without accessing a website. This is your connection to the Internet World.

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    Windows Server - The Control Panel and Different Features

    This collection of screen shots are used for troubleshooting the system, or for setting up some working features. The tool to use is the Control Panel.

    The Control Panel The function of the Control Panel is to provide different tools that will control the system.

    For Example the display - or monitor features can be controlled here.

    Display Properties You can control the appearance of the desktop

    Advanced Appearance - Desktop 

    You can also control the icons.

    Desktop Items - Icon Control 

    You can change other aspects of the display monitor, for instance what kind of resolution is available.

    Display Properties 

    As one can see, the technical control available is multifaceted. This tool set is designed to allow granular control of many aspects of the computer; some are designed for hardware control, and others are for software control.

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    Server 2003 - Other Computer Controls

    The most important user on the Server 2003 system is the administrator. This account has all privileges available and can control what happens on the computer. Here is the administrator menu that is launched from the start button on the taskbar on the lower left part of the screen.

    Application Manager - The Administrator Menu 

    On the start menu, when one clicks "My Computer", you will see what the hardware configuration looks like.

    The other control that is important is help.

    Help And Support Center 

    And search is important as well because it allows you to find files or commands.

    17SearchResults 

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    Summary

    Server 2003 is now seven years old. Many business enterprises continue to use it because it can perform a variety of tasks like a domain controller which acts as a network central manager. Server 2003 can also function as an e-mail server, a database server, a financial server, a web server or any other computer that involves robust operations.

    It has good security features, it can run active directory which will control users and computers in the network. It is stable so it will not lockup, or freeze, or function in a random manner during highly volatile network situation.

    This Windows Server screenshot blitz is designed to show new users what they can expect from Server 2003. Many screen shots will remind the user of the Windows XP system which came out at about the same time. And like Windows XP which has been supplanted by Windows 7, Server 2003 has also been supplanted by Windows Server 2008. The main difference is that companies have been much slower to adopt Server 2008 in their network environment.