Introducing Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server
Exchange 2003 Server provides a reliable, extensible, and easy-to-manage infrastructure offering 247 email and collaboration as well as quick return on investment. Exchange Server 2003 enables a wide range of collaborative activities, such as group scheduling abilities, discussion areas, and team folders, and also makes available information that extends over territorial, logical, and technology divisions with productivity enhancers that include Instant Messaging (IM), on-demand information, and video conferencing. Exchange Server 2003 incorporated improvements over Exchange 2000 Server in key technologies that address security, speed, and remote and mobile communications.

Microsoft has terminated support for Exchange 2003 Server, requiring information technology management face the issues associated with maintaining a legacy messaging system. Despite this, a large number of Exchange users are currently running Microsoft Exchange 2003. Progent's Microsoft certified information technology consultants offer extensive experience supporting Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and can assist your company to manage and repair your existing Microsoft Exchange 2003 environment or help you to design and carry out an economical upgrade to a current version of Microsoft Exchange. (See Progent's Exchange Server 2016 migration support services and Exchange 2013 consulting.)

Advantages of Microsoft Exchange 2003 Compared to Exchange 2000 Server
Exchange 2003 Server features improvements in capability over Exchange Server 2000 in crucial capabilities such as disaster recovery, throughput, security, mobility, collaboration, and simplicity of management.

  • MS Exchange 2003 Server offers superior recovery by adding the capability of eight-node clustering, faster cluster failover, support for mount points which overcome the 24-drive designation limitation, SAN connectivity, Volume Shadow Copy Service for backup infrastructure, a Mailbox Recovery Center tool, and a Restore Storage group.
  • Exchange Server 2003 improves responsiveness through innovations such as a /USERVA startup switch for tuning the use of memory address space, public folder store replication enhancements, distribution list caching enhancements, and suppression of Out of Office messages.
  • Security improvements offered by Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 include Internet Protocol security support for front-end and back-end clusters, signed LDAP requests to Active Directory, front- and back-end Kerberos authentication, IIS 6.0 protection, restriction of distribution lists to authenticated users, real-time Safe and Block lists, download filtering, attachment blocking in Microsoft Outlook Web Access, and public folders permissions improvements.
  • Exchange Server 2003 includes improved support for remote and mobile workers by adding an Outlook Web Access user interface and a more extensive range of capabilities for Web Outlook, Outlook speed enhancements via MAPI compression, HTTP compatibility from Microsoft Outlook, xHTML and HTML mobile phone browser support, plus synchronization of notifications for Pocket PCs.
  • Manageability and serviceability are improved by centralizing queues on a per-server system, improving the user interface (UI), revealing all system queues, enabling cookie authorization, utilizing Microsoft Exchange System Manager to transfer log files and queue data, including a multiple-client Move Mailbox feature, and providing dynamic distribution lists, public folder Search capabilities, and public folder affinity to control referrals.

Advantages of Microsoft Exchange 2003 Vs. Exchange 5.5 Server
MS Exchange Server 2003 delivered major improvements in capability over MS Exchange 5.5 Server in key areas including accessibility, manageability, protection, stability, scalability, and performance.

  • MS Exchange Server 2003 brings a dramatic increase in functionality compared to the Exchange 5.5 web client. Exchange 2003 Server provides an almost complete version of the older Microsoft Outlook graphical user interface that features calendaring and tools. Because of this, mobile users have the benefit of full, protected availability of email even without a laptop. All mobile users require is an Internet-connected computer with a conventional web browser.
  • Unlike Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5, which uses a built-in directory, MS Exchange Server 2003 utilizes Active Directory, providing a greatly streamlined management and security structure. This makes Exchange 2003 Server easier to manage and maintain and also allows better security.
  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server has a powerful foundation for seamlessly adding non-Microsoft utilities including virus and spam scanning software. Microsoft Exchange Server 2003's strong API does away with the instability often found with Microsoft Exchange 5.5 Server when integrating independent software.
  • Exchange 2003 Server offers significantly improved capacity and performance in comparison to Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5. Improvements include more and larger mailboxes and speedier offsite access.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 also offers better searching ability, making it easier and faster to find important information when you need it.

Advantages Exchange 2003 Server Compared to an ISP-based or POP3 Email System
If your organization is currently using an email environment hosted by an Internet Service Provider or if you are running your Microsoft Outlook clients in POP3 mode, Exchange 2003 Server offers an array of enhanced features covering manageability, responsiveness, capacity, reliability, and group support:

  • In contrast to the store-and-forward technique utilized by POP3 email systems, MS Exchange 2003 Server uses a central-store model that frees users from dependence on a specific desktop computer or notebook, reduces vulnerability to computer failure or viruses, and allows both on-line and off-line operation, automatic backup, and sophisticated sharing and collaboration.
  • Exchange 2003 Server offers an array of collaboration capabilities that permit teams to increase productivity by sharing scheduling, address groups, messages, and files.
  • The flexibility of MS Exchange Server 2003 allows you to integrate third-party security enhancements or support wireless computers such as the RIM BlackBerry.
  • Exchange 2003 Server works with powerful management and monitoring tools so you can confirm that your email system is running smoothly.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 allows complete on-line backup without hurting productivity, supporting 24x7 availability by avoiding scheduled maintenance blackouts.

How Progent Can Assist You to Migrate Your POP3 E-Mail Clients to MS Exchange Server 2003
Progent's background and tested best practices can enable you to manage a fast, seamless move of your POP3 e-mail clients to Exchange Server 2003. Progent pays attention to critical issues that include coordinating domain names so that both on-site and mobile workers make a smooth upgrade from the limitations of POP3 messaging. Progent can assist you with integrating a local Exchange 2003 Server solution or help you to set up and administer your Exchange Server 2003 in an off-site datacenter. Progent's business continuity experts can assist your organization to design and execute a complete disaster recovery strategy that includes Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) support for ongoing online archiving and fast system recovery.

How Progent Can Help You to Migrate to MS Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange 2003
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help you to move to Exchange 2013 Server or migrate to MS Exchange 2016 Server from Exchange 2003 Server at the least possible cost or interruption of business operations. Progent can help you to improve Microsoft Exchange security, performance, dependability, and availability and streamline administration. Progent's CISM-certified system security consultants can review and upgrade your security strategy and Progent's Cisco-certified network engineers can upgrade your network architecture to improve network efficiency and reduce operating expense.

Office 365 Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Integration Solutions with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft has made a strong effort to enable seamless hybrid networks that combine Office 365 and on-premises installations of Exchange. This allows you to have some mailboxes hosted at your corporate datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified Exchange consultants can help your organization with any phase of planning, implementing and debugging your hybrid Office 365 solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide as-needed expertise to help you resolve challenging technical bottlenecks and also offer extensive project management outsourcing to make sure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange initiative is carried out on schedule and on budget. For more information about Progent's online consulting services for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, see Office 365 integration with on-premises Exchange.

Hosting for Microsoft Exchange
Progent also can provide Microsoft Exchange Hosting and Management Services centered around on an enterprise-class facility for Microsoft Exchange and offering fast Internet access, dedicated firewall protection, security update and service pack control, Contact Center support, spam and virus protection, routine data backup, 24x7 analysis of security and responsiveness, and comprehensive Exchange administration support. When moving from an earlier release of Microsoft Exchange is a great time to consider moving to a remote managed data center for Exchange 2016 Server or MS Exchange Server 2013 in order to save on expenses associated with computer hardware, fail-safe infrastructure, and messaging system management.

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