Introducing Exchange 2003 Server
MS Exchange 2003 Server delivers a dependable, extensible, and manageable platform with 247 email and team support as well as affordability. Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server supports a broad range of team activities, including group scheduling abilities, discussion areas, and group folders, and also provides access to information that extends over geographic, logical, and technology barriers with productivity enhancers such as Instant Messaging (IM), on-demand data, and video conferencing. Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server delivered improvements over Microsoft Exchange Server 2K in key technologies that cover security, performance, and remote access.

In 2009 Microsoft ended support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, forcing IT managers face the issues involved in maintaining a legacy email system. Still, many Exchange sites are currently operating Exchange Server 2003. Progent's Microsoft Gold authorized IT engineers offer in-depth backgrounds maintaining Exchange 2003 and can help your organization to administer and troubleshoot your existing Microsoft Exchange 2003 solution or help you to plan and execute an affordable migration to an up-to-date version of Microsoft Exchange. (See Progent's Microsoft Exchange 2016 upgrade support services and Exchange Server 2013 consulting.)

Advantages of MS Exchange Server 2003 Compared to Microsoft Exchange 2K Server
Exchange 2003 Server features enhancements in functionality over Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server in important areas such as disaster recovery, performance, protection, mobile access, collaboration, and manageability.

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 offers improved disaster recovery by including the capability of 8-node clustering, quicker cluster failover, support for mount points which overcome the 24-drive designation limitation, storage area network compatibility, Volume Shadow Copy Service for backup infrastructure, a Mailbox Recovery utility, and a Restore Storage group.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 improves responsiveness via innovations that include /3GB and /USERVA startup switches for tuning the use of memory and memory address space, public folder store replication enhancements, distribution list performance improvements, and control of Out of Office notices.
  • Security enhancements offered by Exchange 2003 Server include Internet Protocol security (IPSec) compatibility for front- and back-end clusters, signed Lightweight Directory Access Protocol requests to Active Directory, front-end and back-end Kerberos authentication, Internet Information Services 6.0 security, limiting of distribution lists to authenticated users, real-time Safe and Block data, inbound recipient filtering, attachment restrictions in OWA, and public folders access improvements.
  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server includes better accommodation of remote and mobile workers by including an Outlook Web Access user interface and a broader range of capabilities for Web Outlook, Outlook speed improvements via MAPI compression, HTTP access from Outlook, cHTML and HTML smart phone browser capability, and syncing of notifications for Pocket PCs.
  • Manageability and serviceability are simplified by organizing queues on a per-server basis, improving the user interface, exposing all system queues, enabling cookie permission, using Microsoft Exchange System Manager to move log files, including a multiple-client Move Mailbox function, and providing dynamic distribution lists, public folder Search capabilities, and public folder affinity to manage referrals.

Advantages of Exchange 2003 Compared to MS Exchange 5.5 Server
MS Exchange 2003 Server delivered significant improvements in functionality over MS Exchange 5.5 Server in important areas affecting accessibility, manageability, protection, reliability, capacity, and speed.

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 brings a significant increase in capability over the Microsoft Exchange 5.5 web client. Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server offers an almost complete version of the older MS Outlook graphical user interface including scheduling and tools. Because of this, remote and mobile workers have the benefit of complete, protected access to email even if they don't have a notebook. All they need is a web-connected PC with a standard browser.
  • Unlike MS Exchange Server 5.5, which incorporates a built-in directory, Exchange Server 2003 takes advantage of Active Directory (AD), representing a greatly simplified management and security structure. This makes Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 less expensive to administer and support and also allows better protection.
  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server has a strong architecture for seamlessly adding non-Microsoft applications such as virus and spam scanning software. Exchange 2003 Server's strong Application Programming Interface (API) solves the instability associated with MS Exchange 5.5 Server when adding independent software.
  • Exchange Server 2003 delivers significantly improved scalability and performance in comparison to Exchange Server 5.5. Enhancements allow more and larger mailboxes and speedier remote connectivity.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 also provides improved searching capability, making it simpler and faster to retrieve vital data when you need it.

Benefits Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Over an ISP-based or POP3 Email System
If your business is now using an email system hosted by an ISP or if you are running your Outlook clients in POP3 mode, MS Exchange Server 2003 provides a wealth of enhanced capabilities covering ease of management, performance, size, availability, and collaboration:

  • Unlike the store-and-forward model utilized by POP3 email environments, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 uses a central-store architecture that frees users from reliance on a specific personal computer or laptop, lowers vulnerability to hardware failure or viruses, and allows both on-line and off-line operation, programmed backup, and advanced groupware.
  • Exchange 2003 Server offers powerful collaboration capabilities that permit teams to improve efficiency by sharing scheduling, address books, correspondence, and files.
  • The flexibility of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 makes it possible to integrate third-party security add-ins or support wireless devices such as the BlackBerry smartphone.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 supports advanced administration and tracking utilities to confirm that your email system is running efficiently.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 permits complete on-line backup without disrupting productivity, supporting round-the-clock operation by avoiding routine maintenance blackouts.

How Progent Can Assist You to Migrate Your POP3 Users to Exchange Server 2003
Progent's background and proven best practices can enable you to implement a quick, seamless migration of your POP3 clients to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Progent pays attention to critical details such as managing domain names so that both on-site and off-site users enjoy a smooth upgrade from the limitations of POP3 messaging. Progent can help you with integrating an on-site Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server system or help you to locate and administer your Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server in an off-site datacenter. Progent's disaster recovery consultants can assist you to develop and implement a comprehensive business continuity strategy that incorporates Microsoft Data Protection Manager support for ongoing online archiving and rapid system restoration.

How Progent Can Assist You to Migrate to MS Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange 2003
Progent's Microsoft Exchange experts can assist you to move to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 or migrate to MS Exchange 2016 Server from MS Exchange 2003 Server at minimal expense or interruption of business operations. Progent can assist you to enhance Exchange security, speed, reliability, and availability and streamline management. Progent's CISSP-certified security specialists can evaluate and improve your security environment and Progent's Cisco-qualified network consultants can upgrade your network infrastructure to increase network efficiency and lower support cost.

Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Integration Solutions with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft supports seamless hybrid networks that combine Office 365 and on-premises installations of Exchange. This permits you to have specific Exchange mailboxes located at your corporate datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consulting team can assist your organization with any phase of designing, integrating and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365/Exchange network. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide as-needed support to help you resolve challenging technical issues and also offer extensive project management outsourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365 initiative is completed on schedule and within budget. To find out more about Progent's online consulting expertise for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, go to Office 365 integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.

Hosting Services for Microsoft Exchange
Progent also offers MS Exchange Hosting and Management Services based on a world-class data center for Exchange and featuring high-speed Internet connectivity, firewall security, patch and service pack implementation, Help Desk Call Center services, spam and virus protection, routine backup, automated monitoring of security and performance, and comprehensive Exchange management support. When migrating from an earlier release of Microsoft Exchange is a great occasion to move to a hosted environment for MS Exchange 2016 Server or Microsoft Exchange 2013 Server so you can economize on expenses related to capital equipment, fail-safe infrastructure, and email management.

To contact Progent about professional assistance for MS Exchange Server technology or to learn more about Progent's Exchange hosting services, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

Progent's Consulting and Support Services for Microsoft Server Products
For small companies anywhere in the U.S., Progent's Microsoft-authorized consultants can provide computer assistance and professional consulting services for the entire family of Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft Windows 2003 Server. Progent's planning, integration, update, and support services include network architecture, configuration, and administration help for project analysis and documentation, on-site and off-site IT help and network diagnosis, Help Desk Outsourcing Support, certified security consulting, IT outsourcing, and application server hosting services.

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