Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 platform offers a reliable, enterprise-ready computing platform that brings important enhancements over its predecessor, Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. These powerful features build on the foundation of reliability, expandability and security introduced in Windows 2K Server, making Windows 2003 Server more efficient, more dependable, and more secure than previous releases of Windows server platform.

The MS Windows Server 2003 family is available in four editions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a dependable server OS for the everyday needs of businesses of all sizes, offering an efficient solution for data and peripheral sharing, secure Internet access, centralized desktop software management, and a powerful connected environment among employees, partners, and clients.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform best suited for large organizations and for small and medium-size businesses to develop, deliver, and protect reliable applications, web-based commerce, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is engineered for business-critical applications that demand high levels of expandability and availability.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is designed for hosting web sites, while retaining the basic functions that support enhanced reliability, manageability, and protection.
Features of Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 offers a wealth of productive features and enhanced functionality over Windows Server 2000. Improvements include:
  • Active Directory performance and flexibility is faster and more dependable over unreliable WAN links thanks to more efficient synchronization and replication as well as caching of credentials in branch office domain controllers.
  • Enhancements to the Distributed File System and Encrypting File System (EFS) allow for powerful, flexible file access and storage.
  • Advanced Windows Management Instrumentation providers and command-line tools for system jobs offers administrators exceptional fine-grain control.
  • To make storage and archiving simpler, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 includes the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which provides point-in-time copies of networked shares. Users can easily access previous versions of their work through the Windows Explorer utility by simply right-clicking on a file or folder.
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is ideal for hosting XML-based Web services as a result of built-in support of Microsoft .NET and EXtensible Markup Language with the inclusion of the .NET Framework.
  • Significant networking enhancements in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) over Network Address Translation (NAT).
  • Common Language Runtime protects networks from malicious or badly written software.
  • Credential Management provides a safe store of user credentials, such as passwords and public key infrastructure (X.509) certificates. This allows a single sign-on experience for users, even roaming users.
  • The Encrypting File System is the technology utilized to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files are easy to work with because they look just like any other file: transparent to legitimate users but inaccessible to anyone else. The Encrypting File System (EFS) is especially beneficial for mobile users who may face a higher risk of computer loss or theft.
  • Enhanced support for virtual private network environments, such as a remote access server that provides both dial-up and virtual private network connections, offering flexibility and protection for remote connectivity.
  • 802.1x wireless support offers protection and speed enhancements for wireless LANs. Among these are programmed key management and user authentication/authorization in advance of network access. Fast recovery virtually does away with packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless links.
  • Headless server provides the ability to integrate and manage a computer without a monitor, VGA display adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Support for management controllers and management ports allows servers to be managed even if a system has died.
  • Auto-configuration for a variety of networks offers the mobile PC client seamless operations on both office and home networks without having to manually redo TCP/IP settings.
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) enhances Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is established.
How Progent Can Provide Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Assistance
The sophistication and configuration requirements of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 calls for a network expert with real-world background and wide knowledge in designing and deploying viable, comprehensive business network solutions. The experience of Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, with an average of more than a decade of background in Microsoft technology, assures you results in identifying the version and setup of MS Windows Server 2003 that best matches your company requirements. Progent can assist you with designing, deploying, managing and maintaining sophisticated network solutions powered by MS Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows Server 2003. It is therefore advisable to think about migrating to an up-to-date release of Windows Server. If your organization is interested in transitioning to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent offers cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 migration consulting services to ensure your project completes on time and within budget. If you are planning on creating a hybrid network model that combines on-premises resources with cloud-based services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can assist you evaluate and integrate Windows Server 2016, which incorporates major components of Azure technology and is intended to support hybrid networks. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid integration.

If you wish to ask Progent about engineering help for Windows Server, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

Progent's Consulting and Support Services for Microsoft Server Technology
For small companies across the United States, Progent's Microsoft-certified experts can provide computer assistance and IT consulting services for the entire array of Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers, Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Server, Windows Server 2008, and Windows 2003 Server. Progent's migration, integration, optimization, and consulting services cover network design, deployment, and management help for project analysis and documentation, on-site and remote IT help and system diagnosis, Help Desk Outsourcing Support, certified security consulting, turn-key outsourcing, and Private Cloud hosting options.

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