Introducing Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server
Exchange Server 2003 provides a reliable, extensible, and easy-to-manage infrastructure offering round-the-clock messaging and collaboration as well as affordability. Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 enables a broad range of collaborative functions, including group calendaring abilities, discussion areas, and team folders, and also makes available information that crosses geographic, organizational, and architectural divisions with productivity enhancers such as IM, real-time data, and video conferencing. Exchange Server 2003 delivered improvements over Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server in important technologies that cover protection, performance, and remote and mobile communications.

In 2009 Microsoft ended support for Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server, forcing IT management face the problems involved in maintaining an end-of-life messaging platform. Still, a large number of Exchange users are now running Microsoft Exchange 2003. Progent's Microsoft-certified IT engineers have extensive backgrounds supporting Exchange 2003 and can help your organization to administer and troubleshoot your current Microsoft Exchange 2003 solution or help you to design and execute an affordable upgrade to an up-to-date version of Microsoft Exchange. (See Progent's Exchange Server 2016 upgrade support and Exchange Server 2013 consulting.)

Advantages of Exchange 2003 Over Exchange 2000 Server
Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server features improvements in functionality over MS Exchange Server 2000 in crucial areas including recovery, throughput, protection, mobile access, collaboration, and simplicity of management.

  • MS Exchange 2003 Server offers enhanced disaster recovery by including the capability of 8-node clustering, faster failover, the addition of mount points which overcome the 24-drive letter limitation, standard storage area network (SAN) connectivity, Volume Shadow Copy Service for backup infrastructure, a Mailbox Recovery Center tool, and a Restore Storage group.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server enhances performance through innovations that include a /USERVA startup switch for adjusting the allocation of use of memory and memory address space, public folder store replication enhancements, distribution list caching improvements, and control of Out of Office notices.
  • Security enhancements introduced by Exchange 2003 Server include Internet Protocol security compatibility for front- and back-end clusters, signed Lightweight Directory Access Protocol requests to Microsoft Active Directory, front- and back-end Kerberos validation, Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 protection, limiting of distribution lists to validated users, real-time Safe and Block data, inbound recipient filtering, attachment restrictions in Microsoft Outlook Web Access, and public folders permissions improvements.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 offers better support for remote and mobile workers by including an Outlook Web Access user interface (UI) and a more extensive range of capabilities for Web Outlook, Microsoft Outlook performance improvements through MAPI compression, HTTP compatibility from Outlook, cHTML and HTML mobile phone browser support, plus synchronization of notifications for Pocket PCs.
  • Manageability and serviceability are improved by organizing queues on a per-server system, improving the user experience, revealing all system queues, enabling cookie authorization, utilizing Exchange System Manager to move queue data, including a multi-user Move Mailbox feature, and providing dynamic distribution lists, public folder Send Contents, and public folder affinity to manage referrals.

Improvements of Exchange 2003 Over MS Exchange 5.5 Server
MS Exchange 2003 Server offered significant enhancements in functionality over MS Exchange 5.5 in key areas affecting access, ease of management, protection, reliability, capacity, and speed.

  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server offers a significant improvement in functionality compared to the Microsoft Exchange 5.5 web client. Exchange 2003 Server offers a nearly identical implementation of the older MS Outlook interface including scheduling and tools. Because of this, mobile users can have full, secure access to email even if they don't have a laptop. All mobile users need is a web-connected computer with a conventional web browser.
  • In contrast to MS Exchange Server 5.5, which uses a built-in directory, MS Exchange Server 2003 uses Active Directory (AD), representing a more streamlined management and protection model. This makes Exchange 2003 Server easier to administer and support and in addition allows better security.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 has a strong foundation for seamlessly integrating non-Microsoft utilities such as virus and spam scanning tools. Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server's strong Application Programming Interface (API) eliminates the technical risk associated with Microsoft Exchange 5.5 when adding third-party software.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 offers greatly increased capacity and performance in comparison to Exchange 5.5 Server. Improvements allow more and larger mailboxes and speedier offsite access.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server also provides improved searching ability, making it simpler and faster to retrieve important data when you need it.

Advantages MS Exchange Server 2003 Vs. 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 running your Microsoft Outlook users in POP3 mode, MS Exchange Server 2003 provides a wealth of improved capabilities in the areas of manageability, responsiveness, capacity, reliability, and group support:

  • In contrast to the store-and-forward model used by POP3 email environments, Exchange Server 2003 is based on a central-store architecture that frees users from reliance on a specific desktop computer or laptop, reduces susceptibility to hardware breakdown or viruses, and permits both on-line and off-line operation, programmed backup, and sophisticated collaboration.
  • Exchange 2003 Server has powerful collaboration capabilities that permit work groups to improve efficiency by sharing calendaring, address books, messages, and files.
  • The versatility of MS Exchange 2003 Server allows you to install third-party security add-ins or support wireless devices such as the BlackBerry.
  • Exchange Server 2003 works with powerful management and tracking tools so you can confirm that your messaging system is running efficiently.
  • Exchange 2003 Server allows complete on-line backup without hurting productivity, supporting 24x7 operation by eliminating routine downtime.

How Progent Can Assist You to Move Your POP3 Users to Exchange 2003
Progent's background and proven best practices can enable you to manage a quick, non-disruptive move of your POP3 e-mail users to Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server. Progent attends to vital details that include coordinating domain names so that both on-site and off-site users enjoy a hassle-free upgrade from the restrictions of POP3 email. Progent can help you with setting up a local Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 solution or assist you to locate and administer your Exchange 2003 Server in an external Data Center. Progent's workplace recovery experts can help your company to create and implement a comprehensive workplace recovery strategy that incorporates Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) consulting for ongoing remote archiving and rapid data recovery.

How Progent Can Help You to Migrate to Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange Server 2003
Progent's Microsoft Exchange experts can help your company to move to MS Exchange Server 2013 or upgrade to Exchange Server 2016 from MS Exchange 2003 at the least possible cost or disruption of business operations. Progent can help you to enhance Exchange security, speed, reliability, and fault tolerance and streamline management. Progent's certified security consultants can evaluate and upgrade your security environment and Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can upgrade your network architecture to increase network performance and reduce support expense.

Microsoft Office 365 Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft allows you to create seamless hybrid networks that integrate Office 365 and on-premises installations of Exchange. This allows you to have certain mailboxes hosted at your on-premises datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consultants can assist your organization with any facet of planning, implementing and debugging your hybrid Office 365/Exchange solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide occasional expertise to help you resolve stubborn technical bottlenecks and also can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365 solution is completed on schedule and on budget. For details about Progent's online consulting support for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, see Office 365 integration with on-premises Exchange.

Hosting Services for Microsoft Exchange
Progent also offers Exchange Hosting Services based on a world-class facility for Microsoft Exchange and offering high-speed Internet access, firewall protection, security update and service pack implementation, Contact Center services, spam protection, regular backup, automated analysis of security and performance, and comprehensive Exchange administration services. When migrating from an older version of Microsoft Exchange is an ideal time to consider moving to a hosted data center for Microsoft Exchange 2016 Server or MS Exchange 2013 Server so you can save on expenses associated with computer hardware, reliable infrastructure, and email management.

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

Progent's Consulting and Support Services for Microsoft .NET Servers
For small companies throughout the United States, Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can provide computer assistance and IT consulting services for the whole array of Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 2008 R2 Server, and Windows 2003 Server. Progent's migration, integration, optimization, and consulting services include system design, deployment, and administration outsourcing for project management and documentation, on-site and remote technical help and network repair, Help Desk Call Center Services, comprehensive security consulting, full-service outsourcing, and ProSight Virtual Hosting services.

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