Windows Server 2003
The Windows Server 2003 operating system provides a robust, enterprise-ready computing environment that delivers significant enhancements over its predecessor, Windows 2000. These added features strengthen the foundation of availability, extensibility and protection offered by Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, making Windows Server 2003 more efficient, more dependable, and more secure than earlier releases of Windows server operating system.

The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 product line comprises four versions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server OS for the everyday needs of businesses of any size, providing an effective answer for file and printer sharing, protected Internet access, centralized desktop application management, and a powerful connected environment among workers, associates, and clients.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the OS best suited for large enterprises and for small and medium-size companies to develop, deliver, and secure reliable applications, Web services, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is engineered for mission-critical applications that require high levels of scalability and fault tolerance.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is intended for hosting web sites, while maintaining the basic features that support enhanced reliability, manageability, and protection.
Benefits of Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 offers a wealth of powerful features and enhanced functionality over Windows Server 2K. Highlights include:
  • Active Directory performance and flexibility is quicker and more dependable over unreliable wide area network connections because of faster synchronization and replication plus storing of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Enhancements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System allow for highly functional, versatile file access and storage.
  • Advanced Windows Management Instrumentation providers and command-line tools for system tasks give administrators great granular control.
  • To make file storage and archiving simpler, MS Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which offers time-specific backups of networked shares. Clients can easily recover previous versions of their files through the Windows Explorer utility by right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • Windows Server 2003 is ideal for supporting XML-based Web services thanks to built-in compatibility with .NET and XML with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
  • Important networking improvements in Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPoE), and Internet Protocol Security over Network Address Translation (NAT).
  • Common Language Runtime safeguards systems from ill-intended or poorly designed software.
  • Credential Management offers a secure store of user credentials, including passwords and X.509 certificates. This allows a single sign-on protocol for users, including roaming users.
  • The Encrypting File System is the technique utilized to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files are simple to work with because they appear just like any other file or folder: transparent to legitimate users but inaccessible to others. The Encrypting File System (EFS) is particularly advantageous for traveling users who may face a greater danger of computer loss or theft.
  • Advanced support for VPN environments, such as a remote access server that supports both dial-up and virtual private network links, offering versatility and security for remote access.
  • 802.1x wireless support provides protection and performance improvements for wireless LANs. Among these are automatic key management and user authentication and authorization prior to network access. Prompt recovery virtually does away with packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless network connections.
  • Headless server allows the ability to install and administer a computer without a monitor, VGA adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Support for management controllers and ports enables servers to be controlled even when a system has crashed.
  • Auto-configuration for multiple networks provides the mobile computer client seamless functionality on both office and remote networks without having to manually reconfigure TCP/IP settings.
  • Voice over IP improves Remote Assistance by supporting a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
How Progent Can Deliver MS Windows Server 2003 Help
The complexity and integration demands of MS Windows Server 2003 calls for an IT professional with real-world background and broad knowledge in designing and deploying cohesive, end-to-end information network solutions. The knowledge and experience of Progent's Microsoft-qualified consulting team, with an average of more than a decade of consulting in Microsoft integration, assures you results in identifying the edition and setup of Windows Server 2003 that best aligns with your company requirements. Progent can assist you with designing, integrating, managing and maintaining sophisticated IT solutions powered by Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows Server 2003. It is therefore prudent to consider migrating to a current version of Windows Server. If your organization is interested in moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent offers expert Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration consulting services to make sure your project finishes on time and within your budget. If you are considering creating a hybrid network model that combines on-premises resources with cloud-based services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can assist you assess and deploy Windows Server 2016, which incorporates important elements of Azure technology and is intended to support hybrid environments. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid integration.

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