Overview of Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server
Exchange Server 2003 provides a dependable, scalable, and easy-to-manage platform offering 247 email and team support as well as low cost of ownership. Exchange Server 2003 supports a wide range of team functions, including group calendaring capabilities, discussion groups, and team folders, and furthermore provides access to information across territorial, organizational, and technology barriers with features that include Instant Messaging (IM), on-demand information, and video conferencing. MS Exchange 2003 Server delivered improvements over MS Exchange Server 2000 in key technologies that address protection, performance, and remote access.

In 2009 Microsoft ended support for Exchange 2003 Server, requiring IT managers deal with the issues associated with maintaining an end-of-life messaging system. Despite this, a large number of Exchange users are still operating Microsoft Exchange 2003. Progent's Microsoft authorized network engineers offer in-depth backgrounds supporting Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Exchange Server 2003 solution or help you to plan and implement an economical upgrade to a current version of Microsoft Exchange. (See Progent's Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 upgrade support services and Exchange Server 2013 expertise.)

Advantages of MS Exchange Server 2003 Over Microsoft Exchange Server 2K
Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server features improvements in capability over Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 in important areas including disaster recovery, performance, security, mobile access, collaboration, and manageability.

  • Exchange 2003 Server offers enhanced disaster recovery by including the capability of 8-node clustering, faster cluster failover, support for mount points which overcome the 24-drive letter limitation, standard storage area network (SAN) compatibility, Volume Shadow Copy Service for database backup, a Mailbox Recovery utility, and a Restore Storage group.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server improves performance through features that include a /USERVA startup switch for tuning the allocation of use of memory, public folder store replication enhancements, distribution list performance improvements, and control of Out of Office messages.
  • Security improvements offered by Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 include Internet Protocol security (IPsec) compatibility 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 security, limiting of distribution lists to validated users, up-to-date Safe and Block lists, inbound recipient filtering, attachment restrictions in Outlook Web Access, and public folders permissions improvements.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 offers better accommodation of mobile workers by including an Outlook Web Access (OWA) user interface (UI) and a broader range of capabilities for Web Outlook client, Outlook speed improvements through MAPI compression, HTTP compatibility from Outlook 2003, xHTML and HTML mobile phone browser support, plus syncing of notifications for Pocket PCs.
  • Management and service are improved by centralizing queues on a per-server basis, improving the user interface (UI), revealing all system queues, enabling cookie permission, using Exchange System Manager to transfer queue data, including a multiple-client Move Mailbox feature, and providing dynamic distribution lists, public folder Search capabilities, and public folder affinity to control referrals.

Advantages of Microsoft Exchange 2003 Vs. Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 delivered significant improvements in functionality over Exchange 5.5 in key areas affecting accessibility, manageability, protection, stability, capacity, and performance.

  • MS Exchange 2003 Server brings a dramatic increase in capability over the Exchange 5.5 web client. Exchange 2003 Server provides a nearly identical version of the traditional Outlook graphical user interface including scheduling and tools. As a result, mobile users get the advantage of complete, protected availability of email even if they don't have a notebook. All they require is an Internet-connected computer with a standard web browser.
  • Unlike Exchange Server 5.5, which incorporates a built-in directory, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 utilizes Microsoft Active Directory, representing a more simplified management and security structure. This makes MS Exchange 2003 Server less expensive to manage and maintain and also allows better protection.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 has a powerful foundation for transparently integrating non-Microsoft utilities including virus and spam scanning tools. MS Exchange 2003 Server's versatile API does away with the instability often found with Exchange Server 5.5 when integrating third-party software.
  • Exchange 2003 Server offers greatly increased capacity and speed over Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5. Improvements include more and larger mailboxes and faster offsite access.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server also offers better searching ability, making it simpler and faster to find vital data when you need it.

Advantages MS Exchange Server 2003 Compared to an ISP-based or POP3 Email Environment
If your business is currently running an email system hosted by an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or if you are running your Outlook clients in POP3 mode, MS Exchange 2003 Server provides an array of enhanced features covering manageability, performance, size, reliability, and group support:

  • In contrast to the store-and-forward model utilized by POP3 email systems, Exchange Server 2003 uses a central-store model that liberates users from dependence on a specific personal computer or laptop, lowers susceptibility to hardware breakdown or viruses, and permits both on-line and off-line operation, programmed backup, and sophisticated groupware.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 offers an array of groupware capabilities that permit teams to maximize efficiency by sharing scheduling, address groups, messages, and data.
  • The flexibility of MS Exchange Server 2003 allows you to install third-party security enhancements or accommodate wireless computers such as the BlackBerry smartphone.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server supports advanced administration and monitoring utilities to verify that your messaging environment is operating efficiently.
  • Exchange 2003 Server allows complete on-line archiving without hurting performance, enabling 24x7 availability by eliminating routine downtime.

How Progent Can Help You to Migrate Your POP3 E-Mail Clients to MS Exchange 2003
Progent's experience and proven methodologies can enable you to implement a fast, seamless migration of your POP3 e-mail users to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Progent pays attention to vital details that include coordinating domain names so that both local and mobile workers enjoy a hassle-free upgrade from the restrictions of POP3 email. Progent can help you with integrating a local Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server solution or help you to locate and manage your Exchange 2003 Server in an external Data Center. Progent's workplace recovery experts can assist your company to develop and implement a complete workplace recovery plan that includes Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) support for ongoing online backup and rapid system restoration.

How Progent Can Help You to Upgrade to MS Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange Server 2003
Progent's Exchange experts can help your company to move to MS Exchange Server 2013 or migrate to Microsoft Exchange 2016 Server from MS Exchange 2003 Server at the least possible cost or interruption of business operations. Progent can help you to enhance Microsoft Exchange security, performance, dependability, and fault tolerance and simplify management. Progent's certified system security specialists can review and upgrade your security environment and Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can upgrade your network infrastructure to improve network efficiency and lower support cost.

Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft allows you to create seamless hybrid ecosystems that combine Office 365 and on-premises Exchange. This allows you to have some mailboxes hosted on your corporate datacenter and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified Exchange consulting team can help you with any facet of planning, implementing and debugging your hybrid Exchange solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can deliver as-needed support to help you resolve stubborn technical issues and also offer comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365 initiative is successfully completed on schedule and within budget. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, go to Office 365 integration with on-premises Exchange.

Hosting Services for Microsoft Exchange
Progent also offers Exchange Hosting and Management Services centered around on a world-class data center for Microsoft Exchange and featuring high-speed Internet access, dedicated firewall security, patch and service pack control, Helpdesk services, spam and virus protection, routine backup, 24x7 analysis of security and responsiveness, and comprehensive Exchange administration services. While you are moving from an earlier version of Microsoft Exchange is an ideal occasion to move to a remote managed data center for Microsoft Exchange 2016 Server or Microsoft Exchange 2013 Server in order to save on expenses related to computer hardware, reliable infrastructure, and email administration.

In order to contact Progent about technical expertise for MS Exchange Server or to learn more about Progent's Exchange hosting services, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

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