Introducing Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server
Exchange Server 2003 delivers a reliable, extensible, and easy-to-manage platform with 247 messaging and team support plus affordability. MS Exchange 2003 Server supports a broad range of collaborative activities, such as group scheduling capabilities, discussion areas, and team folders, and furthermore gives access to data across territorial, logical, and technology divisions with productivity enhancers such as Instant Messaging (IM), on-demand information, and video conferencing. Exchange Server 2003 incorporated improvements over Exchange Server 2000 in key areas that address protection, performance, and mobility.

In 2009 Microsoft terminated support for Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server, making network management deal with the issues involved in maintaining a legacy email platform. Still, a large number of Exchange sites are now operating Exchange 2003. Progent's Microsoft-authorized network consultants have extensive backgrounds maintaining Microsoft Exchange 2003 and can assist your company to administer and repair your current Exchange Server 2003 environment or assist you to design and execute an economical upgrade to a current version of Exchange. (Refer to Progent's Microsoft Exchange 2016 upgrade support and Exchange 2013 consulting.)

Improvements of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Over MS Exchange 2K Server
Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server features improvements in capability over Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 in important capabilities including disaster recovery, throughput, protection, mobility, collaboration, and manageability.

  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server offers enhanced disaster recovery by including support for eight-node clustering, faster cluster failover, the addition of mount points which eliminate the 24-drive letter limit, storage area network compatibility, Volume Shadow Copy Service for database backup, a Mailbox Recovery utility, and a Restore Storage group.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 enhances responsiveness via innovations such as a /USERVA startup switch for adjusting the allocation of memory and memory address space, public folder store replication enhancements, distribution list caching enhancements, and control of Out of Office notices.
  • Security enhancements offered by MS Exchange Server 2003 include Internet Protocol security compatibility for front- and back-end clusters, signed LDAP requests to Microsoft Active Directory, front- and back-end Kerberos authentication, Internet Information Services 6.0 protection, limiting of distribution lists to validated users, up-to-date Safe and Block data, inbound recipient filtering, attachment restrictions in Outlook Web Access, and public folders permissions improvements.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server includes better support for remote and mobile users by adding an Outlook Web Access (OWA) user interface (UI) and a more extensive range of capabilities for Web Outlook, Microsoft Outlook performance improvements through MAPI compression, HTTP compatibility from Outlook 2003, xHTML and HTML smart phone browser support, plus syncing of notifications for handheld computers.
  • Management and serviceability are improved by organizing queues on a per-server basis, improving the user interface (UI), revealing all system queues, enabling cookie authorization, utilizing Microsoft Exchange System Manager to move queue data, including a multiple-client Move Mailbox feature, and adding dynamic distribution lists, public folder Send Contents, and public folder affinity to control referrals.

Advantages of Microsoft Exchange 2003 Vs. MS Exchange 5.5 Server
MS Exchange 2003 Server offered significant improvements in capability over MS Exchange 5.5 Server in key areas including accessibility, ease of management, security, stability, capacity, and performance.

  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server brings a significant increase in functionality over the MS Exchange 5.5 web client. MS Exchange Server 2003 provides an almost complete version of the traditional Microsoft Outlook GUI interface that features calendaring and tools. As a result, mobile users have the benefit of full, secure availability of email even without a laptop. All mobile users need is a web-attached computer with a standard web browser.
  • In contrast to Exchange 5.5 Server, which uses a built-in directory, Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server uses Active Directory, providing a more simplified management and protection structure. This makes Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 less expensive to administer and support and also allows better protection.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 has a powerful architecture for transparently adding non-Microsoft utilities such as anti-virus and anti-spamming software. Microsoft Exchange Server 2003's strong API solves the technical risk often found with Microsoft Exchange 5.5 when adding third-party utilities.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server offers significantly improved scalability and performance over Exchange 5.5. These improvements allow more and larger 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.

Benefits Exchange Server 2003 Compared to an ISP-provided or POP3 Email System
If your business is currently running an email environment hosted by an ISP or if you are running your Microsoft Outlook clients in POP3 mode, Exchange 2003 Server offers an array of improved features in the areas of ease of management, performance, size, reliability, and collaboration:

  • Unlike the store-and-forward model used by POP3 email environments, MS Exchange 2003 Server uses a central-store model that frees users from reliance on a specific personal computer or notebook, lowers susceptibility to hardware breakdown or viruses, and allows both on-line and off-line operation, automatic backup, and advanced groupware.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 has an array of collaboration features that permit teams to maximize productivity by sharing scheduling, address books, correspondence, and data.
  • The versatility of Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server makes it possible to install third-party security enhancements or accommodate wireless devices such as the BlackBerry.
  • Exchange Server 2003 supports powerful administration and tracking tools so you can verify that your email system is running efficiently.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 allows complete on-line backup without hurting performance, enabling 24x7 operation by avoiding routine downtime.

How Progent Can Help You to Move Your POP3 Clients to Microsoft Exchange 2003
Progent's experience and tested methodologies can help you to manage a fast, seamless move of your POP3 users to Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server. Progent attends to vital issues that include managing domain names so that both on-site and remote workers make a smooth upgrade from the restrictions of POP3 email. Progent can assist you with integrating a local Exchange 2003 Server solution or help you to set up and administer your Exchange 2003 Server in an off-site Data Center. Progent's business continuity consultants can assist your company to develop and implement a complete business continuity strategy that includes Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) consulting for ongoing remote backup and rapid system restoration.

How Progent Can Assist You to Upgrade to Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange Server 2003
Progent's Exchange experts can assist you to upgrade to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 or upgrade to Exchange Server 2016 from MS Exchange 2003 at the least possible expense or interruption of business. Progent can help you to enhance Microsoft Exchange security, speed, reliability, and availability and simplify management. Progent's CISM-certified security specialists can review and upgrade your security strategy and Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can upgrade your network infrastructure to improve network performance and reduce operating expense.

Microsoft Office 365 Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Exchange Online Integration Solutions with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft has made a strong effort to enable seamless hybrid environments that integrate Office 365 Exchange Online and on-premises installations of Exchange. This allows you to have specific Exchange mailboxes located on your corporate datacenter and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consulting team can help you with any facet of planning, implementing and debugging your hybrid Office 365/Exchange network. Progent's Exchange consultants can deliver occasional expertise to help you resolve stubborn technical bottlenecks and also offer extensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange initiative is successfully completed on time and within budget. To find out more about Progent's online consulting services for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, refer to Office 365 integration with on-premises Exchange.

Hosting Services for Exchange
Progent also can provide Microsoft Exchange Hosting and Management Services based on an enterprise-class facility for Exchange and offering high-speed Internet access, firewall protection, security update and service pack implementation, Help Desk services, spam and virus filtering, routine backup, continual analysis of security and responsiveness, and full Exchange administration support. When moving from an older version of Exchange is an ideal time to move to a hosted data center for MS Exchange 2016 Server or Exchange Server 2013 in order to economize on cost associated with computer hardware, reliable infrastructure, and messaging system administration.

To ask Progent about engineering assistance for Microsoft Exchange Server technology or to learn more about Progent's Microsoft Exchange hosting services, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Server Products
For small businesses across the U.S., Progent's Microsoft-certified experts can provide computer assistance and professional consulting support for the entire array of Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Server, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Progent's migration, integration, update, and consulting capabilities cover system design, configuration, and administration help for project management and documentation, on-site and off-site technical help and system troubleshooting, Help Desk Services, comprehensive security expertise, IT outsourcing, and ProSight Virtual Hosting services.

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