Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system offers a reliable, enterprise-class computing platform that delivers significant improvements over the earlier Windows 2000. These powerful features strengthen the core of reliability, expandability and protection offered by Microsoft Windows 2000, making Windows 2003 Server faster, more reliable, and more protected than previous versions of Windows server platform.

The MS Windows Server 2003 family comprises four versions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a dependable server platform for the everyday needs of companies of any size, offering an efficient answer for data and peripheral sharing, protected Internet connectivity, centralized desktop application deployment, and a rich connected environment among workers, associates, and customers.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the OS best suited for big enterprises as well as small and medium-size businesses to create, deploy, and secure reliable applications, web-based services, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is engineered for business-critical applications that require high levels of scalability and availability.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is optimized for serving web sites, while maintaining the basic features that support advanced reliability, manageability, and protection.
Benefits of Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 offers a multitude of powerful features and enhanced functionality over Windows Server 2000. Highlights include:
  • Active Directory performance and flexibility is faster and more robust over marginal WAN connections thanks to faster synchronization and replication as well as storing of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Improvements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System allow for powerful, versatile file sharing and storage.
  • Enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line tools for system tasks give administrators great granular control.
  • To make storage and archiving easier, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 includes the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which offers point-in-time copies of networked shares. Clients can easily access previous versions of their work through the familiar Windows Explorer by simply right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • Windows Server 2003 is optimized for supporting XML-based Web services as a result of integrated support of Microsoft .NET and EXtensible Markup Language with the inclusion of the .NET Framework.
  • Important networking improvements in MS Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) over Network Address Translation.
  • Common Language Runtime safeguards networks from ill-intended or poorly written software.
  • Credential Management provides a safe store of client credentials, such as passwords and public key infrastructure certificates. This allows a common sign-on protocol for users, even roaming ones.
  • The Encrypting File System is the technology utilized to hold encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files and folders are simple to use because they look just the same as any other file or folder: transparent to authorized users but inaccessible to anyone else. EFS is especially advantageous for traveling users who may work under a higher risk of computer loss or theft.
  • Enhanced compatibility with VPN technologies, including a remote access server that supports both dial-up and virtual private network links, providing versatility and protection for remote connectivity.
  • 802.1x wireless network support provides security and speed improvements for wireless local area networks. Among these are programmed key management and user authentication and authorization in advance of network access. Fast recovery virtually does away with packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless links.
  • Headless server provides the capability to integrate and manage a computer without a monitor, display adapter, keyboard, or mouse. Compatibility with management controllers and ports allows servers to be controlled even when a system has crashed.
  • Auto-configuration for multiple networks provides the mobile computer user seamless operations on both office and remote networks without being required to manually reconfigure TCP/IP settings.
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) enhances Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
How Progent Can Deliver Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Expertise
The complexity and integration demands of MS Windows Server 2003 requires an IT consultant with hands-on expertise and wide knowledge in designing and deploying cohesive, end-to-end business technology solutions. The knowledge and experience of Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants, with an average of more than a decade of background in Microsoft integration, ensures you results in identifying the edition and setup of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that best matches your business goals. Progent can help you with designing, deploying, supporting and troubleshooting sophisticated network solutions powered by Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it prudent to think about migrating to an up-to-date release of Windows Server. If you are interested in moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent offers cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 migration consulting support to make sure your upgrade finishes on schedule and within your budget. If you are considering building a hybrid network model that integrates local resources with public cloud services like those offered by Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you evaluate and integrate Windows Server 2016, which is powered by major elements of Microsoft Azure technology and is intended to support hybrid environments. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration.

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Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Server Technology
For small and mid-sized companies across the United States, Progent's Microsoft-authorized consultants offer computer help and professional consulting services for the entire family of Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers, Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Server, Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Server, and Windows 2003 Server. Progent's migration, integration, update, and support capabilities cover network design, deployment, and management outsourcing for project analysis and documentation, on-site and remote technical help and network diagnosis, Help Desk Services, certified security expertise, IT outsourcing, and ProSight Virtual Hosting services.

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