Introductory Notes on Microsoft Windows NT

NT stands for New Technology.
NT was developed separately from DOS and Windows95.
Its development is more closely linked to IBM’s OS/2.
Windows NT does not attempt to support all old DOS programs like Windows95.

NT is a "32 bit" operating system

NT consists of NT server and NT workstation. Client/Server structure.
NT workstation is built to run application programs.
NT server provides services such as

Kernel features

File System features

Networking features

Hardware Requirements

NT requires more resources than Windows95

function CPU Ram disk other
file & print 333 MHz Pentium II 128MB 8GB tape, CDs
application fastest 128MB 5GB  
Web 200 MHz Pentium II 64MB 2GB  
Messaging 200 MHz Pentium II 64MB 2GB  
RAS 200 MHz Pentium II 64MB 1GB multiple modems
Firewall 333 MHz Pentium II 64MB 1GB 2 net connections

Microprocessor Performance

Hardware notes

NT does not support Plug and Play (PnP).
Power management should be disabled.
Hard drives are the only part whose failure is truly catastrophic.
Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) provide a large volume of fault tolerance mass storage.
Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) is the fastest standard bus.
A CD-ROM Jukebox is a server that supports many CD-ROM drives.
Memory is cheap and effective.