Introduction to Exchange 2003 Server
Exchange 2003 Server delivers a reliable, extensible, and manageable infrastructure with 247 messaging and collaboration as well as quick return on investment. MS Exchange Server 2003 enables a broad array of team activities, including group calendaring capabilities, discussion areas, and group folders, and furthermore makes available information that extends over territorial, logical, and architectural divisions with features that include Instant Messaging (IM), real-time information, and video conferencing. MS Exchange 2003 Server introduced improvements over Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server in important technologies that cover security, speed, and remote access.

Microsoft has terminated support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, requiring network management face all the issues associated with supporting a legacy messaging platform. Nevertheless, many Exchange sites are now operating Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Progent's Microsoft-certified network consultants offer extensive experience supporting Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and can help you to administer and troubleshoot your current Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 solution or help you to plan and carry out an economical migration to an up-to-date edition of Exchange. (Refer to Progent's Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 upgrade support services and Exchange Server 2013 consulting.)

Advantages of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Over Exchange 2K Server
MS Exchange 2003 Server offers enhancements in capability over Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 in crucial areas including recovery, throughput, protection, mobility, collaboration, and manageability.

  • Exchange Server 2003 offers improved recovery by adding support for 8-node clustering, quicker cluster failover, support for mount points which overcome the 24-drive letter limitation, standard storage area network (SAN) compatibility, Volume Shadow Copy Service for backup infrastructure, a Mailbox Recovery tool, and a Restore Storage group.
  • Exchange Server 2003 enhances performance through innovations that include a /USERVA startup switch for tuning the use of memory address space, public folder replication enhancements, distribution list caching enhancements, and control of Out of Office messages.
  • Security improvements introduced by Exchange 2003 Server include Internet Protocol security support for front-end and back-end clusters, signed Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) requests to Active Directory, front- and back-end Kerberos authentication, Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 protection, restriction of distribution lists to validated users, real-time Safe and Block lists, inbound recipient filtering, attachment restrictions in Outlook Web Access, and public folders permissions enhancements.
  • Exchange 2003 Server includes improved accommodation of remote and mobile workers by adding an Outlook Web Access (OWA) user interface (UI) and a more extensive range of capabilities for Web Outlook client, Outlook speed improvements through MAPI compression, HTTP compatibility from Outlook 2003, cHTML and HTML smart phone browser support, plus syncing of notifications for handheld PCs.
  • Management and serviceability are improved by organizing queues on a per-server system, enhancing the user interface, revealing all system queues, controlling cookie authorization, utilizing Microsoft Exchange System Manager to move log and queue data, including a multiple-client Move Mailbox feature, and adding dynamic distribution lists, public folder Search capabilities, and public folder affinity to manage referrals.

Advantages of Exchange Server 2003 Vs. MS Exchange 5.5
Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server offered significant improvements in functionality over Microsoft Exchange 5.5 in key areas including accessibility, ease of management, protection, stability, capacity, and performance.

  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server brings a dramatic improvement in functionality compared to the MS Exchange 5.5 web client. Exchange Server 2003 offers a nearly identical implementation of the traditional Microsoft Outlook interface including scheduling and tools. As a result, remote and mobile users can have complete, protected access to email even without a notebook. All mobile users require is a web-connected computer with a standard browser.
  • Unlike Microsoft Exchange 5.5, which incorporates its own directory, Exchange Server 2003 utilizes Active Directory, providing a more simplified administration and protection model. This makes Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server less expensive to administer and maintain and in addition allows better protection.
  • Exchange Server 2003 has a powerful architecture for seamlessly integrating third-party utilities such as anti-virus and anti-spamming software. Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server's versatile Application Programming Interface does away with the technical risk associated with Exchange 5.5 Server when integrating third-party software.
  • Exchange 2003 Server delivers greatly increased scalability and speed over Exchange Server 5.5. Improvements allow more and larger mailboxes and faster offsite access.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 also provides better searching capability, making it simpler and quicker to retrieve important information when you need it.

Advantages Exchange 2003 Server Vs. an ISP-provided or POP3 Email Environment
If your organization is currently running an email environment hosted by an Internet Service Provider or if you are running your Microsoft Outlook clients in POP3 mode, Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server provides an array of enhanced features in the areas of manageability, responsiveness, capacity, availability, and group support:

  • Unlike the store-and-forward model used by POP3 email environments, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 is based on a central-store model that frees users from dependence on a specific PC or laptop, lowers susceptibility to hardware breakdown or viruses, and permits both on-line and off-line email, automatic backup, and advanced sharing and collaboration.
  • Exchange Server 2003 has an array of collaboration features that allow teams to maximize productivity by sharing scheduling, address groups, correspondence, and files.
  • The versatility of MS Exchange Server 2003 allows you to integrate non-Microsoft security add-ins or accommodate wireless devices such as the RIM BlackBerry.
  • Exchange 2003 Server supports advanced management and tracking tools to confirm that your email environment is operating efficiently.
  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server permits complete on-line backup without disrupting productivity, supporting 24x7 availability by eliminating routine downtime.

How Progent Can Assist You to Move Your POP3 Users to MS Exchange Server 2003
Progent's experience and tested best practices can enable you to manage a fast, seamless move of your POP3 clients to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Progent pays attention to vital issues such as coordinating domain names so that both local and mobile users enjoy a hassle-free upgrade from the restrictions of POP3 email. Progent can help you with integrating a local Exchange Server 2003 solution or assist you to locate and manage your Exchange Server 2003 in an off-site Data Center. Progent's workplace recovery consultants can assist your company to create and implement a comprehensive business continuity strategy that includes Microsoft Data Protection Manager support for continuous remote backup and fast system recovery.

How Progent Can Assist You to Migrate to MS Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange Server 2003
Progent's Microsoft Exchange consultants can assist your company to move to Microsoft Exchange 2013 Server or move to Microsoft Exchange 2016 Server from Microsoft Exchange 2003 at the least possible expense or interruption of business operations. Progent can help you to enhance Microsoft Exchange security, performance, reliability, and availability and streamline administration. Progent's CISM-certified system security specialists can review and improve your security environment and Progent's Cisco-qualified network engineers can enhance your network architecture to improve network efficiency and reduce support expense.

Microsoft Office 365 Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft allows you to create transparent hybrid networks that combine Office 365 and local installations of Exchange. This allows you to have specific Exchange mailboxes hosted on your corporate datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consultants can assist your organization with any facet of planning, integrating and debugging your hybrid Exchange network. Progent's Exchange consultants can provide as-needed support to help you resolve challenging technical bottlenecks and also can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange solution is completed on schedule and on budget. For more information about Progent's online consulting services for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, refer to Office 365 integration with on-premises Exchange.

Hosting for Exchange
Progent also can provide MS Exchange Hosting and Management Services based on an enterprise-class facility for MS Exchange and offering fast Internet access, firewall security, patch and revision control, Help Desk services, spam filtering, regular data backup, 24x7 analysis of security and performance, and comprehensive Exchange management services. While you are moving from an older release of Microsoft Exchange is an ideal occasion to consider moving to a remote managed data center for MS Exchange 2016 Server or Exchange 2013 Server so you can economize on cost associated with computer hardware, reliable infrastructure, and email management.

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