From: Dan on 5 Jan 2010 05:52
"Sheldon" <Sheldon(a)discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Hello -
> A colleague of mine is arguing we should use Windows NT server for our web
> applications. We are developing using Framework 3.5 (Visual Studio 2008)
> with Sql Server 2008 as a back end. I told him we should use Windows
> 2003, which we are licensed for. He was unable to give any rationale,
> than it was stable.
> Isn't it the case that the Framework 3.5 technology is to be used in
> conjunction with Windows Server 2003? Would Windows NT even work??
> Any comments will be appreciated.
As Brian has already mentioned, .Net won't run on NT. As shown on the
following download information .Net 3.5 is Windows Server 2003, Windows
2008, XP, and Vista only (Windows 7 has it already included so there is no
I would recommend not using NT for your web applications, even if you
weren't using .Net 3.5. Up until just a few months ago we still ran a few
sites on NT4 SP4 (we switched our primary ones to Windows 2003 a couple of
years ago, and we still run a few on Windows 2000), but we've switched them
all to Windows 2003 and they run better, are much more stable, and there are
a huge number of improvements in IIS going from v4 to v6 (not least being
the default security configurations).
From: Andrew Morton on 5 Jan 2010 06:04
> A colleague of mine is arguing we should use Windows NT server for
> our web applications. We are developing using Framework 3.5 (Visual
> Studio 2008) with Sql Server 2008 as a back end. I told him we
> should use Windows Server 2003, which we are licensed for. He was
> unable to give any rationale, other than it was stable.
You could call Windows Server 2003 "NT 5.2" if it makes it easier.
There's a table of version numbers at
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