Introducing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
MS Exchange Server 2003 provides a reliable, extensible, and easy-to-manage infrastructure with 247 email and team support plus affordability. Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server enables a broad range of team activities, including group calendaring abilities, discussion groups, and team folders, and furthermore provides access to information that crosses geographic, logical, and architectural barriers with productivity enhancers that include IM, on-demand information, and video conferencing. MS Exchange Server 2003 incorporated improvements over Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server in important areas that address security, performance, and remote and mobile communications.

In 2009 Microsoft terminated support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, requiring IT managers deal with the problems involved in maintaining a legacy messaging system. Despite this, many Exchange users are currently running Microsoft Exchange 2003. Progent's Microsoft Gold authorized network engineers have in-depth experience maintaining Exchange 2003 and can help your business to administer and troubleshoot your existing Exchange Server 2003 environment or assist you to plan and implement an affordable upgrade to an up-to-date version of Microsoft Exchange. (Refer to Progent's Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 migration support and Exchange 2013 expertise.)

Advantages of MS Exchange 2003 Vs. Microsoft Exchange 2K Server
MS Exchange Server 2003 offers enhancements in capability over MS Exchange Server 2K in important areas including disaster recovery, throughput, security, mobile access, collaboration, and simplicity of management.

  • MS Exchange 2003 Server offers improved disaster recovery by adding support for eight-node clustering, quicker failover, the addition of mount points which overcome the 24-drive designation limitation, standard storage area network (SAN) compatibility, Volume Shadow Copy Service for database backup, a Mailbox Recovery utility, and a Restore Storage group.
  • Exchange 2003 Server improves performance via features that include a /USERVA startup switch for tuning the allocation of use of memory, public folder store replication improvements, distribution list performance enhancements, and suppression of Out of Office messages.
  • Security enhancements introduced by MS Exchange Server 2003 include Internet Protocol security support for front-end and back-end clusters, signed Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) requests to Microsoft Active Directory, front-end and back-end Kerberos authentication, IIS 6.0 protection, limiting of distribution lists to validated users, up-to-date Safe and Block data, inbound recipient filtering, attachment blocking in OWA, and public folders access improvements.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server includes improved support for remote and mobile workers by adding an Outlook Web Access user interface (UI) and a more extensive feature set for Web Outlook, Microsoft Outlook performance improvements through MAPI compression, HTTP compatibility from Microsoft Outlook, xHTML and HTML mobile phone browser support, and synchronization of notifications for handheld PCs.
  • Management and service are simplified by organizing queues on a per-server system, improving the user interface, exposing all system queues, enabling cookie authorization, using Exchange System Manager to transfer queue data, including a multiple-client Move Mailbox function, and providing dynamic distribution lists, public folder Send hierarchy, and public folder affinity to control referrals.

Advantages of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Vs. Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5
Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server offered significant improvements in functionality over MS Exchange Server 5.5 in important areas affecting access, manageability, security, reliability, capacity, and speed.

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 brings a significant increase in functionality over the MS Exchange 5.5 web client. MS Exchange 2003 Server offers an almost complete version of the traditional Outlook GUI interface that features scheduling and utilities. As a result, remote and mobile workers get the advantage of full, protected access to email even if they don't have a notebook. All mobile users require is an Internet-attached PC with a conventional web browser.
  • Unlike Exchange Server 5.5, which uses a built-in directory, MS Exchange Server 2003 takes advantage of Active Directory, providing a more simplified management and protection structure. This makes MS Exchange Server 2003 easier to administer and support and in addition offers tighter security.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 has a strong foundation for transparently adding third-party utilities such as anti-virus and anti-spamming tools. MS Exchange Server 2003's versatile Application Programming Interface eliminates the instability often found with Microsoft Exchange 5.5 Server when integrating third-party software.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server delivers significantly increased capacity and performance over MS Exchange Server 5.5. Improvements include more and larger mailboxes and faster offsite access.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server also has better search capability, making it simpler and quicker to find vital information when you have to have it.

Advantages Exchange 2003 Server Vs. an ISP-provided or POP3 Email Environment
If your organization is now running an email environment hosted by an Internet Service Provider or if you are operating your Outlook clients in POP3 mode, Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server provides an array of enhanced features covering ease of management, responsiveness, capacity, availability, and collaboration:

  • In contrast to the store-and-forward model utilized by POP3 email systems, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 uses a central-store architecture that frees users from dependence on a specific PC or notebook, reduces susceptibility to computer failure or virus attacks, and permits both on-line and off-line operation, programmed backup, and sophisticated groupware.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 has an array of collaboration features that permit teams to increase efficiency by sharing calendaring, address groups, messages, and data.
  • The versatility of Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server makes it possible to integrate non-Microsoft security add-ins or accommodate wireless devices such as the BlackBerry smartphone.
  • Exchange Server 2003 supports advanced management and monitoring tools to confirm that your email environment is operating efficiently.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 permits full on-line archiving without disrupting performance, enabling round-the-clock availability by eliminating routine maintenance blackouts.

How Progent Can Help You to Move Your POP3 E-Mail Clients to Microsoft Exchange 2003
Progent's background and tested methodologies can enable you to implement a quick, non-disruptive move of your POP3 users to Exchange 2003 Server. Progent pays attention to vital details that include coordinating domain names so that both on-site and mobile workers make a hassle-free transition from the limitations of POP3 messaging. Progent can help you with integrating a local Exchange 2003 Server system or help you to locate and administer your Exchange 2003 Server in an off-site Data Center. Progent's business continuity consultants can assist you to create and implement a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that includes Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) consulting for continuous online archiving and fast data restoration.

How Progent Can Assist You to Migrate to MS Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange Server 2003
Progent's Microsoft Exchange experts can help you to upgrade to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 or migrate to MS Exchange Server 2016 from MS Exchange 2003 at the least possible expense or disruption of business operations. Progent can assist your organization to improve Microsoft Exchange security, speed, dependability, and availability and simplify administration. Progent's CISM-certified system security specialists can evaluate and improve your security environment and Progent's Cisco-qualified network engineers can upgrade your network architecture to improve network efficiency and reduce operating cost.

Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Exchange Online 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 permits you to have some mailboxes located at your physical datacenter and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consultants can assist you with any facet of planning, implementing and debugging your hybrid Office 365 solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide occasional expertise to help you through challenging technical bottlenecks and also can provide extensive project management outsourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange initiative is successfully completed on schedule and on budget. To find out more about Progent's online consulting support for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, go to Office 365 integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.

Hosting Services for Microsoft Exchange
Progent also offers Microsoft Exchange Hosting and Management Services centered around on a world-class data center for Microsoft Exchange and offering high-speed Internet connectivity, firewall security, security update and service pack implementation, Help Desk services, spam and virus filtering, regular backup, automated monitoring of security and performance, and comprehensive Exchange administration services. When migrating from an older version of Microsoft Exchange is an ideal time to move to a hosted environment for Exchange 2016 Server or Microsoft Exchange 2013 Server in order to economize on expenses related to computer hardware, fail-safe infrastructure, and email administration.

In order to ask Progent about consulting support for Microsoft Exchange Server technology or to ask about Progent's Microsoft Exchange hosting services, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

Progent's Consulting and Support Services for Microsoft Server Technology
For small and mid-sized companies across the United States, Progent's Microsoft-certified experts can provide network assistance and professional consulting services for the whole family of Microsoft .NET servers, Windows 2012 R2 Server, Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft Windows 2003 Server. Progent's planning, integration, optimization, and consulting capabilities include network design, deployment, and management outsourcing for project management and documentation, on-site and off-site IT help and network diagnosis, Help Desk Services, certified security consulting, IT outsourcing, and ProSight Virtual Hosting services.

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