Windows Server 2003
The Windows Server 2003 platform provides a robust, enterprise-class networking platform that brings significant improvements over the earlier Windows 2000 Server. These powerful features build on the foundation of availability, extensibility and security offered by Microsoft Windows Server 2000, making Microsoft Windows Server 2003 more efficient, more dependable, and more protected than previous versions of Windows server operating system.

The MS Windows Server 2003 product line comprises four editions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server platform for the typical needs of businesses of all sizes, providing an efficient answer for data and printer sharing, secure Internet connectivity, centralized PC application management, and a rich connected environment for workers, partners, and clients.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform of choice for big enterprises as well as small and medium-size businesses to develop, deploy, and protect robust applications, web-based services, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for mission-critical applications that demand high levels of scalability and fault tolerance.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is optimized for serving web sites, while retaining the basic functions that support enhanced dependability, manageability, and security.
Features of Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 provides a multitude of powerful features and enhanced functionality over Windows 2000 Server. Highlights include:
  • Active Directory performance and versatility is faster and more robust over marginal WAN links because of more efficient synchronization and replication plus storing of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Enhancements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System (EFS) enable powerful, versatile file access and storage.
  • Advanced Windows Management Instrumentation providers and command-line utilities for server jobs offers IT managers exceptional fine-grain control.
  • To make storage and archiving easier, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 includes the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which offers time-specific copies of networked shares. Clients can easily access previous versions of their work through the Windows Explorer utility by simply right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • MS Windows Server 2003 is optimized for supporting XML-based Web services as a result of native compatibility with Microsoft .NET and XML with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
  • Significant networking improvements in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, and Internet Protocol Security over Network Address Translation.
  • Common Language Runtime safeguards networks from ill-intended or badly designed software.
  • Credential Management provides a safe store of user credentials, such as passwords and public key infrastructure certificates. This allows a single sign-on protocol for users, even roaming ones.
  • The Encrypting File System is the technique used to hold encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files are simple to work with because they appear just the same as any other file: transparent to authorized users but unavailable to anyone else. The Encrypting File System is especially advantageous for traveling clients who may face a greater danger of computer loss or theft.
  • Advanced support for virtual private network environments, such as a remote access server that supports both dial-up and VPN connections, providing flexibility and security for remote access.
  • 802.1x wireless network support provides protection and speed improvements for wireless local area networks. These include programmed key management and user authentication and authorization in advance of network access. Fast recovery virtually eliminates packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless links.
  • Headless server allows the ability to install and administer a computer without a monitor, display adapter, keyboard, or mouse. Compatibility with management controllers and ports allows servers to be controlled even when a computer has died.
  • Auto-configuration for multiple networks provides the mobile PC client transparent functionality on both office and remote environments without having to manually redo TCP/IP configurations.
  • VoIP improves Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
How Progent Can Provide MS Windows Server 2003 Assistance
The complexity and configuration requirements of Windows Server 2003 requires an IT expert with real-world expertise and broad knowledge in planning and building cohesive, end-to-end information network solutions. The experience of Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, with an average of more than 10 years of background in Microsoft integration, assures you results in selecting the version and setup of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that best matches your company goals. Progent can assist you with designing, integrating, supporting and maintaining sophisticated network solutions powered by MS Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it advisable to think about migrating to an up-to-date version of Windows Server. If your organization is considering moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent offers expert Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration consulting support to ensure your upgrade finishes on schedule and within your budget. If you are considering building a hybrid architecture that combines local resources with public cloud services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can assist you assess and integrate Windows Server 2016, which is powered by important components of Microsoft Azure technology and is intended to support hybrid networks. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid solutions.

In order to contact Progent about professional assistance for Microsoft Windows Server technology, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Server Technology
For small companies anywhere in the United States, Progent's Microsoft-certified experts can provide network help and professional consulting support for the whole family of Microsoft .NET servers, Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft Windows 2003 Server. Progent's migration, integration, update, and consulting capabilities cover system architecture, configuration, and management help for project management and documentation, local and remote technical support and system repair, Help Desk Call Center Support, comprehensive security consulting, turn-key outsourcing, and ProSight Virtual Hosting services.

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