Introduction to Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server
MS Exchange 2003 Server provides a reliable, extensible, and manageable platform offering round-the-clock messaging and collaboration plus low cost of ownership. MS Exchange 2003 Server enables a wide range of collaborative functions, including group scheduling abilities, discussion groups, and group folders, and also gives access to information across geographic, organizational, and technology barriers with features such as Instant Messaging (IM), real-time data, and video conferencing. Exchange Server 2003 delivered improvements over Microsoft Exchange Server 2K in important technologies that cover security, performance, and mobility.

Microsoft has ended support for Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server, forcing information technology management face the problems involved in maintaining a legacy email system. Despite this, many Exchange users are now running Microsoft Exchange 2003. Progent's Microsoft Gold certified information technology engineers offer in-depth experience supporting Exchange Server 2003 and can help your business to administer and repair your current Exchange 2003 environment or help you to plan and implement an economical migration to an up-to-date version of Exchange. (See Progent's Exchange 2016 migration support services and Exchange 2013 consulting.)

Advantages of Exchange Server 2003 Vs. MS Exchange Server 2000
Exchange 2003 Server features improvements in functionality over MS Exchange 2000 Server in important capabilities such as recovery, throughput, protection, mobility, collaboration, and manageability.

  • MS Exchange Server 2003 offers improved recovery by adding the capability of 8-node clustering, faster failover, the addition of mount points which overcome the 24-drive designation limitation, SAN compatibility, Volume Shadow Copy Service for backup infrastructure, a Mailbox Recovery utility, and a Restore Storage group.
  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server improves responsiveness via features such as a /USERVA startup switch for tuning the allocation of memory address space, public folder store replication enhancements, distribution list caching enhancements, and suppression of Out of Office notices.
  • Security enhancements offered by MS Exchange Server 2003 include Internet Protocol security support for front- and back-end clusters, signed LDAP requests to Microsoft Active Directory, front-end and back-end Kerberos authentication, Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 security, limiting of distribution lists to validated users, real-time Safe and Block data, inbound recipient filtering, attachment blocking in OWA, and public folders access improvements.
  • Exchange Server 2003 includes better accommodation of remote and mobile workers by including an Outlook Web Access (OWA) user interface (UI) and a more extensive range of capabilities for Web Outlook client, Outlook speed enhancements via MAPI compression, HTTP compatibility from Outlook 2003, cHTML and HTML smart phone browser support, plus synchronization of notifications for handheld computers.
  • Manageability and serviceability are improved by centralizing queues on a per-server basis, enhancing the user interface (UI), exposing all system queues, controlling cookie permission, utilizing Microsoft Exchange System Manager to move log and queue data, including a multi-user Move Mailbox feature, and adding dynamic distribution lists, public folder Send hierarchy, and public folder affinity to manage referrals.

Improvements of Exchange Server 2003 Over Exchange 5.5 Server
MS Exchange 2003 Server offered major enhancements in functionality over Microsoft Exchange 5.5 Server in important areas affecting access, manageability, protection, reliability, capacity, and speed.

  • Exchange 2003 Server offers a significant increase in capability over the MS Exchange 5.5 web client. Exchange 2003 Server offers a nearly identical implementation of the older Microsoft Outlook graphical user interface that features calendaring and tools. As a result, remote and mobile workers can have full, protected availability of email even if they don't have a notebook. All they require is a web-attached computer with a standard browser.
  • Unlike Exchange Server 5.5, which incorporates its own directory, MS Exchange Server 2003 takes advantage of Microsoft Active Directory, representing a greatly simplified administration and protection model. This makes Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server less expensive to administer and maintain and also offers better protection.
  • Exchange Server 2003 has a powerful foundation for seamlessly adding third-party applications including virus and spam scanning tools. MS Exchange Server 2003's strong API does away with the instability associated with Exchange Server 5.5 when adding independent software.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 offers greatly improved capacity and performance over MS Exchange Server 5.5. Improvements include more and bigger mailboxes and faster remote access.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 also provides improved searching capability, making it simpler and quicker to find vital data when you have to have it.

Advantages Exchange 2003 Server Over an ISP-provided or POP3 Email Environment
If your organization is currently using an email environment hosted by an Internet Service Provider or if you are operating your Outlook clients in POP3 mode, Exchange Server 2003 offers a wealth of improved capabilities covering manageability, responsiveness, size, availability, and group support:

  • Unlike the store-and-forward model utilized by POP3 email environments, Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server is based on a central-store architecture that frees users from reliance on a specific personal computer or laptop, reduces vulnerability to computer failure or virus attacks, and allows both on-line and off-line email, automatic backup, and sophisticated sharing and collaboration.
  • Exchange Server 2003 has an array of collaboration features that permit work groups to improve productivity by sharing calendaring, address groups, correspondence, and data.
  • The versatility of MS Exchange 2003 Server makes it possible to integrate non-Microsoft security add-ins or accommodate wireless devices such as the BlackBerry.
  • Exchange 2003 Server works with advanced management and monitoring tools so you can verify that your messaging system is running smoothly.
  • Exchange Server 2003 permits full on-line backup without disrupting performance, supporting 24x7 availability by eliminating scheduled maintenance blackouts.

How Progent Can Assist You to Migrate Your POP3 E-Mail Clients to MS Exchange 2003
Progent's background and tested best practices can help you to manage a quick, seamless move of your POP3 users to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Progent pays attention to critical details that include managing domain names so that both on-site and off-site users enjoy a smooth upgrade from the restrictions of POP3 messaging. Progent can assist you with setting up a local Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server system or assist you to locate and administer your Exchange Server 2003 in an external Data Center. Progent's disaster recovery experts can help you to develop and execute a complete business continuity strategy that includes Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) support for ongoing online archiving and rapid system restoration.

How Progent Can Assist You to Upgrade to MS Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange 2003
Progent's Microsoft Exchange consultants can assist you to move to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 or move to MS Exchange Server 2016 from Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 at minimal expense or disruption of business. Progent can help your organization to improve Exchange security, performance, reliability, and fault tolerance and streamline management. Progent's CISSP-certified security consultants can evaluate and upgrade your security strategy and Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can upgrade your network infrastructure to increase network performance and reduce support expense.

Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Exchange Online Integration Solutions with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft supports seamless hybrid networks that combine Office 365 Exchange Online and on-premises Exchange deployments. This permits you to have certain Exchange mailboxes located on your corporate datacenter and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified Exchange consulting team can assist you with any phase of planning, implementing and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365/Exchange network. Progent's Exchange specialists can deliver as-needed expertise to help you resolve challenging technical problems and also offer comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to make sure your hybrid Office 365 solution is completed on time and on budget. For details about Progent's online consulting support for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, visit Office 365 integration solutions 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 MS Exchange and featuring fast Internet connectivity, firewall security, patch and service pack control, Helpdesk support, spam filtering, routine backup, continual analysis of security and performance, and full email administration services. While you are migrating from an older version of Microsoft Exchange is a great time to move to a remote managed data center for Exchange 2016 Server or Exchange Server 2013 in order to economize on expenses related to computer hardware, fail-safe infrastructure, and email administration.

In order to contact Progent about engineering assistance for MS Exchange Server or to learn more about Progent's Microsoft Exchange hosting services, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft .NET Server Technology
For small businesses across the U.S., Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can provide network assistance and IT consulting support for the whole array of Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers, Windows 2012 R2 Server, Windows 2008 R2 Server, and Windows 2003 Server. Progent's migration, installation, optimization, and support capabilities cover network design, configuration, and management outsourcing for project management and documentation, local and off-site IT help and system troubleshooting, Help Desk Call Center Support, certified security consulting, full-service outsourcing, and Private Cloud hosting options.

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