Having worked with NT server since it was first introduced some five years ago now, I have seen it grow from a temperamental mystery into a stable viable workhorse for commercial application. There were some security issues around with the advent of trojans like BackOrifice, but most AV tools will clean these out. In five years of various deployments, no NT system I have ever worked on has been compromised, even with web deployment with IIS 1,2,3,4. Security is as good as your administrator, thats what I believe anyway. The future for NT is not so bright these days since 2000 was finally released. The 2000 bandwagon is probably groaning under the weight now of application and hardware vendors so NT will have to take a back seat. In the commercial world, I am sure this will not be true. 2000 needs to be proved, service pack 1 has just been released weighing in at a hefty 85Mb! There has been to much investment in the past five years in client-server topology for that to change overnight. The problem I have found with NT server through history is the lack of what are now standard features compared to 5 years ago. Today, everyone wants e-mail and secure web browsing over ISDN or leased line. NT is fully capable of supporting the hardware but sadly lacks the utility support. There is not standard SMTP service although this is available as standard in IIS 4.0, there is no POP3 service to collect it from! No proxying features or web connection sharing. But, it is still a solid foundation for commercial LAN deployment having a whole raft of supporting applications. I think I can safely say that there is almost nothing you cannot do with NT server. As long as you load the latest service pack that is! NT will live on for a lot longer and for good reasons.
It's stable, until it breaks. That's what you'll hear. But then cars work perfectly until they don't. The sun shines until it's dark. And black is black until... well until someone paints it white.. or some other colour. Windows NT is a very respectable server OS (I should say Network OS) which fits in nicely to the Microsoft Schema. NT comes in numerous flavours as you know :- . Workstation . Server But there's various flavours of server version, including an enterprise one which is designed to server very very large installations. The multi-tiered domain model which is used in NT is suitable, in most cases, to larger companies wanting to segment their LAN/WAN design into logical segments. You'll find that everything in NT is geared towards this design methodology, although it'll be much more flexibile than just that. So if growth is your bag then check out NT for that. It's scaleable to such an extent that I'd really rather not get into it hear. Read the MS blurb about the product and see if it does everything you need. Just know this before running out and buying the product, it's very well supported... not by MS though (Very costly). It's an adopted standard for many many companies these days and is used everywhere from non IT related fields to Web servers and beyond (Data warehouses, etc.) Many people will say that the ServicePacks simply show-up it's flaws. In this case Linux must be the worst system in the world, it's open source and has many tens of thousands of developers working on improving it. ServicePacks are just that... improvements. And be glad they're free. MS cares about this OS technology and it will definitely care for your data.
Windows NT (New Technology) Server 4.0 is an operating system for servers and is mainly aimed at the business user. It has been around now for about five years and is only just being superseded in February this year by the Windows 2000 Server family. This does not mean however that it is obselete, in fact until 2000 server proves itself, you will find that many businesses will stick to NT 4.0 for a while yet. This is also mainly due to an upgrade issue as well, which for large companies who must see a positive benefit are actively afraid of the cost. NT 4.0, now in its 6th upgrade (service pack), has certainly proved it's ground in the "real world". It's more stable and robust than ever, but security is still amajor issue especially with todays ever growing market for e-commerce and the storage of mission-critical client data. I was going to give a real techy opinion on this product, but thought twice when considering the possible readers here as they would do much better by going to microsoft's site and getting all the tech specs there.
Windows NT 4 Server has been with us for a number of years now and yhis product is maturing nicely. Critics of it will say that it is insecure and cumbesome to manage. It is neither of these things. It is insecure because the people administering it have'nt tightedned up security - by default, NT is quite 'open' but it can be secured with relative ease. It is easy to administer providing your initial planning and installation went well. Basically a badly designed network plan makes for a difficult to administer network. Server comes will all kinds of goodies to make administering a computer network easy. It has DNS server built in, DHCP to make TCP/IP address problems a thing of the past, tools to allow you to easily control an entire network of servers. Internet Information Server also comes free with NT server, so if you want to not only create your own website but host other peoples web sites, then NT is for you.