Introduction to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
MS Exchange Server 2003 provides a reliable, extensible, and manageable platform offering round-the-clock messaging and collaboration as well as quick return on investment. Exchange Server 2003 supports a broad range of collaborative functions, including group scheduling capabilities, discussion areas, and group folders, and furthermore gives access to data that crosses territorial, organizational, and architectural barriers with features such as Instant Messaging, real-time information, and video conferencing. Exchange 2003 Server introduced enhancements over Exchange 2000 Server in key areas that cover security, performance, and mobility.

Microsoft has ended support for Exchange 2003 Server, requiring IT management face all the issues associated with supporting an end-of-life messaging platform. Despite this, a large number of Exchange sites are currently operating Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Progent's Microsoft Gold certified network consultants offer extensive experience maintaining Microsoft Exchange 2003 and can help your company to administer and repair your current Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 environment or assist you to plan and execute an economical upgrade to an up-to-date edition of Microsoft Exchange. (See Progent's Exchange 2016 upgrade support services and Exchange Server 2013 expertise.)

Advantages of MS Exchange Server 2003 Vs. MS Exchange 2K Server
MS Exchange Server 2003 features improvements in functionality over Exchange 2K Server in key areas including recovery, performance, protection, mobility, teamwork, and simplicity of management.

  • MS Exchange Server 2003 offers superior recovery by including the capability of eight-node clustering, faster failover, support for mount points which eliminate the 24-drive letter limit, SAN compatibility, Volume Shadow Copy Service for backup infrastructure, a Mailbox Recovery Center tool, and a Restore Storage group.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 enhances responsiveness through innovations such as a /USERVA startup switch for tuning the allocation of memory address space, public folder replication improvements, distribution list caching enhancements, and suppression of Out of Office notices.
  • Security improvements introduced by MS Exchange 2003 Server include IPsec compatibility for front- and back-end clusters, signed Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) requests to Microsoft Active Directory, front- and back-end Kerberos authentication, Internet Information Services 6.0 security, restriction of distribution lists to authenticated users, up-to-date Safe and Block data, inbound recipient filtering, attachment restrictions in Outlook Web Access, and public folders permissions enhancements.
  • Exchange Server 2003 offers better accommodation of remote and mobile users by adding an Outlook Web Access user interface (UI) and a broader feature set for Web Outlook client, Outlook 2003 speed improvements through MAPI compression, HTTP access from Outlook, xHTML and HTML smart phone browser support, plus synchronization of notifications for handheld computers.
  • Manageability and service are simplified by organizing queues on a per-server basis, improving the user interface, revealing all system queues, enabling cookie authorization, utilizing Exchange System Manager to transfer queue data, including a multiple-client Move Mailbox feature, and adding dynamic distribution lists, public folder Search capabilities, and public folder affinity to manage referrals.

Improvements of Microsoft Exchange 2003 Compared to MS Exchange 5.5
Exchange Server 2003 offered significant improvements in capability over MS Exchange Server 5.5 in key areas affecting access, manageability, protection, reliability, scalability, and speed.

  • Exchange Server 2003 brings a significant improvement in capability compared to the Microsoft Exchange 5.5 web client. MS Exchange 2003 Server provides a nearly identical version of the older Microsoft Outlook graphical user interface that features calendaring and utilities. Because of this, mobile workers get the advantage of full, secure availability of email even if they don't have a laptop. All mobile users require is a web-connected PC with a standard web browser.
  • Unlike Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5, which has a built-in directory, Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server uses Active Directory (AD), representing a greatly simplified management and protection model. This makes MS Exchange 2003 Server simpler to administer and maintain and in addition offers tighter security.
  • Exchange 2003 Server has a powerful architecture for seamlessly integrating third-party utilities such as virus and spam scanning software. MS Exchange Server 2003's versatile API solves the technical risk associated with Microsoft Exchange 5.5 when adding independent software.
  • Exchange Server 2003 delivers greatly increased scalability and performance in comparison to MS Exchange 5.5 Server. Improvements include more and bigger mailboxes and faster remote connectivity.
  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server also has improved search capability, making it easier and faster to retrieve important information when you need it.

Advantages 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 or if you are operating your Microsoft Outlook users in POP3 mode, Exchange 2003 Server offers a wealth of improved capabilities in the areas of manageability, responsiveness, capacity, availability, and collaboration:

  • In contrast to the store-and-forward model utilized by POP3 email systems, Exchange 2003 Server uses a central-store architecture that liberates 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, automatic backup, and advanced sharing and collaboration.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 offers powerful groupware features that permit teams to increase efficiency by sharing scheduling, address books, correspondence, and files.
  • The versatility of Exchange 2003 Server allows you to install non-Microsoft security add-ins or accommodate wireless devices such as the BlackBerry smartphone.
  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server works with advanced administration and monitoring utilities to make sure your messaging environment is operating efficiently.
  • Exchange 2003 Server allows complete on-line backup without hurting performance, supporting 24x7 availability by eliminating scheduled downtime.

How Progent Can Assist You to Move Your POP3 E-Mail Users to MS Exchange Server 2003
Progent's experience and tested methodologies can enable you to manage a fast, non-disruptive move of your POP3 e-mail users to Exchange Server 2003. Progent attends to critical issues that include coordinating domain names so that both on-site and remote users enjoy a hassle-free transition from the limitations of POP3 messaging. Progent can help you with setting up a local Exchange 2003 Server system or help you to set up and administer your Exchange 2003 Server in an external datacenter. Progent's disaster recovery experts can help your company to develop and implement a comprehensive business continuity plan that includes Microsoft Data Protection Manager support for ongoing online backup and fast system recovery.

How Progent Can Help You to Upgrade to MS Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange Server 2003
Progent's Microsoft Exchange experts can assist your company to upgrade to Microsoft Exchange 2013 Server or move to MS Exchange Server 2016 from MS Exchange Server 2003 at the least possible cost or interruption of business operations. Progent can assist you to enhance Exchange security, speed, dependability, and fault tolerance and simplify administration. Progent's CISM-certified system security consultants can review and upgrade your security strategy and Progent's Cisco-qualified network engineers can upgrade your network architecture to increase network performance and lower support expense.

Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Integration Solutions with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft supports transparent hybrid environments that combine Office 365 and on-premises Exchange. This permits you to have some mailboxes located at your on-premises datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can assist you with any facet of designing, implementing and debugging your hybrid Office 365/Exchange network. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide occasional support to help you resolve stubborn technical bottlenecks and also offer comprehensive project management outsourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange solution is completed on time and within budget. To find out more about Progent's online consulting services for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, go to Office 365 integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.

Hosting for Microsoft Exchange
Progent also can provide Microsoft Exchange Hosting Services based on an enterprise-class data center for MS Exchange and offering fast Internet access, dedicated firewall protection, patch and service pack control, Help Desk Call Center support, spam filtering, routine backup, 24x7 monitoring of security and performance, and comprehensive Exchange administration services. When moving from an older release of Microsoft Exchange is a great occasion to move to a remote managed environment for Exchange Server 2016 or Exchange 2013 Server so you can economize on cost associated with capital equipment, reliable infrastructure, and email management.

In order to get in touch with Progent about professional assistance for MS Exchange Server integration or to ask about Progent's Exchange hosting services, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft .NET Server Technology
For small businesses across the United States, Progent's Microsoft-certified experts can provide network help and IT consulting support for the whole array of Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 2008 R2 Server, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Progent's planning, integration, optimization, and consulting services include network architecture, deployment, and management outsourcing for project management and documentation, on-site and remote technical help and network troubleshooting, Help Desk Outsourcing Services, comprehensive security consulting, full-service outsourcing, and Private Cloud hosting and management services.

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