Introducing Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server
MS Exchange Server 2003 delivers a reliable, scalable, and easy-to-manage infrastructure with 247 messaging and team support plus affordability. MS Exchange 2003 Server enables a wide array of collaborative activities, such as group calendaring abilities, discussion groups, and team folders, and furthermore provides access to data that extends over territorial, organizational, and technology divisions with features that include Instant Messaging, real-time data, and video conferencing. MS Exchange 2003 Server incorporated improvements over Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 in key areas that cover security, performance, and mobility.

In 2009 Microsoft terminated support for Exchange Server 2003, requiring IT management deal with the problems involved in supporting a legacy messaging platform. Nevertheless, a large number of Exchange sites are still running Exchange Server 2003. Progent's Microsoft authorized network engineers offer in-depth backgrounds maintaining Exchange 2003 and can assist your company to administer and troubleshoot your current Microsoft Exchange 2003 environment or help you to design and implement an economical migration to an up-to-date version of Exchange. (Refer to Progent's Exchange Server 2016 upgrade support and Exchange 2013 consulting.)

Improvements of MS Exchange 2003 Vs. MS Exchange Server 2K
MS Exchange Server 2003 features improvements in capability over Exchange 2000 Server in important capabilities such as disaster recovery, performance, protection, mobile access, teamwork, and simplicity of management.

  • MS Exchange 2003 Server delivers improved disaster recovery by adding the capability of eight-node clustering, faster cluster failover, the addition of mount points which overcome the 24-drive designation limit, SAN connectivity, Volume Shadow Copy Service for database backup, a Mailbox Recovery Center tool, and a Restore Storage group.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 enhances performance through innovations such as /3GB and /USERVA startup switches for adjusting the allocation of use of memory and memory address space, public folder store replication enhancements, distribution list performance enhancements, and suppression of Out of Office notices.
  • Security improvements introduced by Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 include IPsec compatibility for front- and back-end clusters, signed Lightweight Directory Access Protocol 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 restrictions in OWA, and public folders access improvements.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server offers 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 2003 performance enhancements through MAPI compression, HTTP compatibility from Microsoft Outlook, xHTML and HTML mobile phone browser capability, and synchronization of notifications for handheld PCs.
  • Manageability and serviceability are improved by centralizing queues on a per-server system, improving the user experience, exposing all system queues, enabling cookie authorization, utilizing Exchange System Manager to transfer log files and queue data, including a multiple-client Move Mailbox feature, and adding dynamic distribution lists, public folder Search capabilities, and public folder affinity to control referrals.

Advantages of Microsoft Exchange 2003 Compared to Microsoft Exchange 5.5
MS Exchange Server 2003 delivered major enhancements in functionality over Microsoft Exchange 5.5 Server in important areas affecting access, ease of management, security, stability, scalability, and speed.

  • MS Exchange 2003 Server brings a dramatic increase in functionality over the Exchange 5.5 web client. Exchange 2003 Server offers an almost complete implementation of the older MS Outlook graphical user interface that features calendaring and tools. Because of this, mobile workers get the advantage of full, secure availability of email even if they don't have a laptop. All they require is an Internet-attached PC with a conventional browser.
  • Unlike MS Exchange 5.5 Server, which incorporates its own directory, Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server utilizes Active Directory (AD), providing a greatly streamlined management and protection structure. This makes MS Exchange Server 2003 easier to administer and maintain and in addition offers tighter security.
  • Exchange 2003 Server has a strong architecture for transparently adding non-Microsoft applications such as virus and spam scanning software. MS Exchange Server 2003's strong Application Programming Interface does away with the instability often found with MS Exchange Server 5.5 when integrating independent utilities.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 offers greatly improved scalability and performance over Exchange 5.5 Server. These improvements allow more and bigger mailboxes and speedier remote access.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 also has improved searching ability, making it easier and faster to find vital data when you have to have it.

Advantages Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server Vs. an ISP-based or POP3 Email System
If your business is currently running an email environment hosted by an ISP or if you are running your Outlook clients in POP3 mode, Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server offers a wealth of improved features covering manageability, responsiveness, size, availability, and collaboration:

  • In contrast to the store-and-forward model utilized by POP3 email environments, Exchange Server 2003 uses a central-store model that liberates users from dependence on a specific desktop computer or notebook, reduces susceptibility to hardware failure or virus attacks, and allows both on-line and off-line email, automatic backup, and sophisticated sharing and collaboration.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 has powerful collaboration features that permit work groups to increase productivity by sharing calendaring, address books, messages, and data.
  • The flexibility of Exchange 2003 Server makes it possible to integrate third-party security add-ins or accommodate wireless computers such as the RIM BlackBerry.
  • Exchange 2003 Server works with advanced administration and tracking tools to make sure your email environment is running smoothly.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 allows complete on-line backup without disrupting productivity, supporting round-the-clock availability by avoiding scheduled maintenance blackouts.

How Progent Can Help You to Migrate Your POP3 Clients to Exchange 2003
Progent's experience and proven best practices can enable you to implement a quick, non-disruptive migration of your POP3 clients to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Progent attends to vital issues such as managing domain names so that both local and off-site workers make a hassle-free upgrade from the limitations of POP3 messaging. Progent can help you with integrating a local Exchange 2003 Server system or help you to locate and manage your Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 in an off-site Data Center. Progent's disaster recovery consultants can help your company to design and execute a comprehensive workplace recovery plan that includes Microsoft Data Protection Manager support for ongoing remote backup and rapid data restoration.

How Progent Can Assist You to Upgrade to Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange Server 2003
Progent's Microsoft Exchange experts can assist your company to move to MS Exchange Server 2013 or upgrade to Exchange Server 2016 from MS Exchange Server 2003 at the least possible expense or disruption of business operations. Progent can help your organization to improve Microsoft Exchange security, performance, reliability, and availability and streamline administration. Progent's CISSP-certified security consultants can evaluate and upgrade your security environment and Progent's Cisco-certified network engineers can upgrade your network infrastructure to increase network performance and reduce support cost.

Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Integration Solutions with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft allows you to create seamless hybrid environments that combine Office 365 Exchange Online and on-premises Exchange deployments. This allows you to have certain mailboxes hosted at your physical datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consulting team can assist your organization with any facet of designing, integrating and troubleshooting your hybrid Exchange solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide as-needed support to help you resolve stubborn technical problems and also can provide extensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to make sure your hybrid Office 365 solution is successfully completed on schedule and on budget. To learn more about Progent's consulting support for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, visit Office 365 integration with on-premises Exchange.

Hosting Services for Microsoft Exchange
Progent also can provide Exchange Hosting Services centered around on an enterprise-class facility for MS Exchange and offering fast Internet connectivity, firewall protection, patch and revision control, Help Desk support, spam protection, regular backup, automated monitoring of security and responsiveness, and comprehensive email management support. When moving from an older release of Exchange is an ideal occasion to consider moving to a remote managed data center for Exchange Server 2016 or Exchange 2013 Server in order to economize on cost associated with computer hardware, reliable infrastructure, and messaging system administration.

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