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Microsoft updates server-software kit

Microsoft has added two new features to a Windows 2000 kit that allows computer makers to create special-purpose "server appliances," the company said Monday. The new features to the Server Appliance Kit are Multiple Device Manager, which allows customers to manage several server appliances from a central location, and Role-Based User Interface, which lets server administrators dictate the privileges of various classes of people. For example, one company might be allowed to create new Web pages while another can only place orders. The kit, a customizable sampling of components from the Windows 2000 operating system, is used by Compaq Computer, Dell, IBM. Maxtor, RLX Technology and NEC.

Microsoft has added two new features to a Windows 2000 kit that allows computer makers to create special-purpose "server appliances," the company said Monday. The new features to the Server Appliance Kit are Multiple Device Manager, which allows customers to manage several server appliances from a central location, and Role-Based User Interface, which lets server administrators dictate the privileges of various classes of people. For example, one company might be allowed to create new Web pages while another can only place orders.

The kit, a customizable sampling of components from the Windows 2000 operating system, is used by Compaq Computer, Dell, IBM. Maxtor, RLX Technology and NEC.