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Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server contains all the features ofWindows NT. It is, however, a superset of Windows NT. It hasadditional enhanced features ideally suitable for a versatile networkserver, as compared to Windows NT which can be used only as aworkgroup server.
The following features of Windows NT Advanced Server are not part ofWindows NT:
Domain Control - Windows NT Advanced Server can be used as a Domain Controller which facilitates centralized network administration. Domain is a concept of logically grouping servers and workstations into one unit.
Trust Relationship - It can be used to set up trust relationship with other network domains to extend the network connectivity.
Advanced Fault Tolerance - It has advanced fault tolerance features which include disk mirroring, disk duplexing and disk striping with parity. This protects against data loses due to hard disk or computer failure.
Directory Replication - This feature of Windows NT AS allows export of files from a particular directory from the master server to multiple computers and update files automatically.
Central Location for User Profile - This facility provides the facility of storing multiple users operating environment called profiles at a central location so that these can be accessed from any workstation in the network.
Services for Macintosh - This enables Macintosh computers to connect to Windows NT Advanced Server as workstations and clients.
Extended RAS Support - Remote Access Services in the Advanced Server supports up to 64 ports, compared to 1 for Windows NT. This feature allows multiple remote workstations to connect to NT AS. It provides access to client-server applications and advanced security.