Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system offers a reliable, enterprise-ready computing environment that delivers important improvements over its predecessor, Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. These powerful features strengthen the core of availability, scalability and protection introduced in Windows 2000 Server, making Microsoft Windows 2003 Server faster, more reliable, and more secure than previous versions of Windows server platform.

The MS Windows Server 2003 product line comprises four versions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server operating system for the typical needs of companies of any size, offering an efficient answer for data and peripheral sharing, protected Internet connectivity, centralized desktop software deployment, and a powerful connected environment among employees, partners, and clients.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the OS best suited for large enterprises and for small and medium-size businesses to create, deploy, and protect reliable applications, web-based commerce, and network architecture.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is engineered for business-critical applications that demand excellent scalability and availability.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is optimized for hosting web sites, while maintaining the basic functions that support enhanced dependability, manageability, and protection.
Features of Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 offers a multitude of productive capabilities and enhanced functionality over Windows Server 2000. Improvements include:
  • Active Directory performance and flexibility is faster and more dependable over marginal wide area network connections because of faster synchronization and replication plus caching of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Enhancements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System (EFS) enable highly functional, versatile file sharing and storage.
  • Enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line tools for system jobs offers administrators great fine-grain control.
  • To make file storage and archiving easier, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which offers point-in-time copies of networked shares. Clients can easily access older versions of their files through the familiar Windows Explorer by simply right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • Windows Server 2003 is ideal for supporting XML-based Web services thanks to native support of Microsoft .NET and EXtensible Markup Language with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
  • Important networking enhancements in Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) over Network Address Translation (NAT).
  • Common Language Runtime (CLR) safeguards networks from malicious or badly written software.
  • Credential Management provides a safe store of user credentials, including passwords and public key infrastructure (X.509) certificates. This allows a single sign-on experience for users, including roaming users.
  • EFS is the technology used to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files and folders are simple to use as they appear exactly like any other file or folder: transparent to authorized users but inaccessible to others. The Encrypting File System is especially beneficial for mobile clients who usually work under a higher risk of PC loss or theft.
  • Enhanced support for virtual private network (VPN) environments, such as a remote access server that supports both dial-up and VPN links, offering versatility and security for remote connectivity.
  • 802.1x wireless support provides protection and performance improvements for wireless local area networks (LANs). Among these are programmed key management and user authentication/authorization prior to LAN access. Fast recovery virtually does away with packet corruption and interruption over high-latency wireless links.
  • Headless server allows the ability to install and administer a computer without a monitor, VGA adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Compatibility with management controllers and ports enables servers to be controlled even when a system has died.
  • Auto-configuration for a variety of networks provides the mobile computer user seamless operations on both office and remote environments without having to manually redo TCP/IP settings.
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) improves Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session when the Remote Help Connection is established.
How Progent Can Deliver Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Expertise
The complexity and integration demands of Windows Server 2003 requires an IT consultant with real-world background and broad knowledge in planning and deploying cohesive, end-to-end business network solutions. The knowledge and experience of Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, with an average of more than 10 years of background in Microsoft technology, ensures you success in identifying the version and configuration of Windows Server 2003 that best matches your company requirements. Progent can help you with planning, deploying, managing and troubleshooting advanced network solutions based on MS Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has ended support for Windows Server 2003. It is therefore prudent to think about migrating to an up-to-date version of Windows Server. If you are interested in moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent can provide expert Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration consulting support to make sure your upgrade completes on schedule and within your budget. If you are planning on building a hybrid architecture that combines local resources with cloud-based services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you assess and integrate Windows Server 2016, which incorporates important elements of Azure technology and is intended to accommodate hybrid environments. See Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud solutions.

If you wish to contact Progent concerning technical assistance for Microsoft Windows Server technology, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

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