Introduction to the NET Framework

The average Windows Server 2003 administrator may not have a lot of interest in the .NET Framework. The .NET Framework is, in a nutshell, a library of routines that programmers can use when creating applications. This framework gives the programmer an extraordinary amount of control over the machine on which it runs, as well as over network operations as a whole. This may all seem a bit scary at first, but it comes with a very sophisticated toolset for configuring security within the framework and applications that utilize it. The job of the Server 2003 administrator is to configure this security and deploy it across the network to protect network resources from rogue code.

In R2 of the operating system, the .NET Framework is a much more enhanced environment than its predecessors, versions 1.0 through 1.1. The following support has been added in R2.

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