Introducing Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server
Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server provides a dependable, extensible, and manageable platform offering 247 email and collaboration plus affordability. Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server enables a broad range of collaborative functions, including group calendaring abilities, discussion areas, and team folders, and furthermore makes available data that crosses territorial, organizational, and architectural barriers with features that include Instant Messaging, on-demand information, and video conferencing. Exchange 2003 Server delivered improvements over Exchange 2000 Server in important technologies that cover protection, performance, and mobility.

In 2009 Microsoft terminated support for Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server, requiring network managers face the problems associated with maintaining an end-of-life email system. Nevertheless, a large number of Exchange users are currently running Microsoft Exchange 2003. Progent's Microsoft-authorized network consultants offer in-depth backgrounds maintaining Microsoft Exchange 2003 and can help your company to manage and repair your existing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 solution or help you to plan and execute an economical upgrade to a current version of Exchange. (See Progent's Exchange Server 2016 migration support and Exchange Server 2013 consulting.)

Improvements of Exchange Server 2003 Over MS Exchange Server 2K
MS Exchange 2003 Server offers enhancements in capability over Exchange 2000 Server in crucial capabilities including recovery, performance, protection, mobility, teamwork, and manageability.

  • Exchange Server 2003 offers superior disaster recovery by adding the capability of eight-node clustering, faster failover, the addition of mount points which eliminate the 24-drive designation limitation, storage area network compatibility, Volume Shadow Copy Service for backup infrastructure, a Mailbox Recovery Center utility, and a Restore Storage group.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server improves performance through innovations that include a /USERVA startup switch for adjusting the use of memory and memory address space, public folder store replication improvements, distribution list caching enhancements, and suppression of Out of Office messages.
  • Security improvements offered by Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server include IPsec support for front- and back-end clusters, signed LDAP requests to Microsoft Active Directory, front-end and back-end Kerberos validation, IIS 6.0 protection, limiting of distribution lists to authenticated users, up-to-date Safe and Block lists, download filtering, attachment blocking in Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access (OWA), and public folders access improvements.
  • Exchange 2003 Server offers improved accommodation of mobile users by including an Outlook Web Access user interface and a broader range of capabilities for Web Outlook, Outlook performance improvements through MAPI compression, HTTP compatibility from Outlook 2003, cHTML and HTML mobile phone browser support, and synchronization of notifications for handheld PCs.
  • Manageability and serviceability are improved by organizing queues on a per-server system, improving the user interface, revealing all system queues, enabling cookie permission, using Exchange System Manager to transfer log files and queue data, including a multi-user Move Mailbox feature, and adding dynamic distribution lists, public folder Send Contents, and public folder affinity to control referrals.

Improvements of Exchange Server 2003 Vs. Microsoft Exchange 5.5 Server
Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server delivered significant enhancements in capability over Exchange Server 5.5 in key areas affecting access, manageability, protection, stability, capacity, and speed.

  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server brings a dramatic increase in capability over the Exchange 5.5 web client. Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server offers an almost complete version of the older Outlook graphical user interface that features calendaring and tools. Because of this, mobile workers have the benefit of complete, secure access to email even without a notebook. All they need is a web-connected PC with a conventional web browser.
  • In contrast to Microsoft Exchange 5.5 Server, which uses its own directory, Exchange 2003 Server uses Active Directory (AD), representing a greatly streamlined management and security model. This makes Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 simpler to administer and maintain and in addition allows better protection.
  • Exchange Server 2003 has a powerful architecture for transparently integrating third-party applications including anti-virus and anti-spamming tools. MS Exchange 2003 Server's strong Application Programming Interface eliminates the instability often found with Microsoft Exchange 5.5 Server when integrating independent software.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 delivers greatly improved capacity and speed over Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5. Enhancements include more and larger mailboxes and speedier remote connectivity.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 also offers better searching capability, making it easier and faster to find vital information when you need it.

Benefits Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server Compared to an ISP-based or POP3 Email System
If your organization is now running an email environment hosted by an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or if you are operating your Microsoft Outlook clients in POP3 mode, Exchange 2003 Server offers an array of improved features in the areas of ease of management, responsiveness, size, reliability, and collaboration:

  • Unlike the store-and-forward technique utilized by POP3 email systems, Exchange Server 2003 is based on a central-store model that liberates users from dependence on a specific desktop computer or notebook, lowers vulnerability to computer breakdown or virus attacks, and permits both on-line and off-line email, programmed backup, and advanced groupware.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server has powerful groupware capabilities that permit work groups to maximize productivity by sharing scheduling, address books, correspondence, and data.
  • The flexibility of MS Exchange Server 2003 makes it possible to install third-party security enhancements or support wireless computers such as the RIM BlackBerry.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 supports powerful management and monitoring utilities so you can make sure your email system is running smoothly.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server permits complete on-line archiving without hurting productivity, supporting round-the-clock availability by avoiding scheduled downtime.

How Progent Can Assist You to Move Your POP3 Clients to MS Exchange Server 2003
Progent's experience and proven methodologies can enable you to implement a fast, seamless migration of your POP3 e-mail clients to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Progent attends to critical details that include coordinating domain names so that both on-site and remote users enjoy a hassle-free transition from the limitations of POP3 email. Progent can help you with integrating a local Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server solution or help you to locate and administer your Exchange Server 2003 in an off-site Data Center. Progent's business continuity experts can help your organization to design and implement a complete workplace recovery strategy that includes Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) support for continuous remote archiving and rapid system recovery.

How Progent Can Assist You to Migrate to MS Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange Server 2003
Progent's Microsoft-certified experts can help you to migrate to MS Exchange Server 2013 or move to Microsoft Exchange 2016 Server from Exchange Server 2003 at minimal expense or interruption of business operations. Progent can assist your organization to improve Microsoft Exchange security, performance, dependability, and availability and simplify administration. Progent's certified system security consultants can review and improve your security strategy and Progent's Cisco-qualified network engineers can enhance your network architecture to increase network performance and reduce support expense.

Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Exchange Online Integration Solutions with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft supports seamless hybrid ecosystems that combine Office 365 and on-premises installations of Exchange. This permits you to have some mailboxes hosted at your on-premises datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consulting team can help you with any facet of planning, integrating and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365/Exchange solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can deliver occasional support to help you through challenging technical bottlenecks and also offer comprehensive project management outsourcing to make sure your hybrid Office 365 initiative is successfully completed on schedule and within budget. To learn more about Progent's consulting expertise for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, go to Office 365 integration with on-premises Exchange.

Hosting Services for Microsoft Exchange
Progent also offers Microsoft Exchange Hosting Services centered around on a world-class facility for Microsoft Exchange and offering high-speed Internet connectivity, firewall protection, patch and service pack implementation, Contact Center services, spam filtering, regular data backup, continual monitoring of security and performance, and full email management services. While you are moving from an older release of Exchange is a great time to move to a remote managed data center for Microsoft Exchange 2016 Server or Microsoft Exchange 2013 Server so you can save on cost related to capital equipment, reliable infrastructure, and messaging system administration.

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