Windows Server 2003
The Windows Server 2003 platform offers a robust, enterprise-class computing platform that delivers important enhancements over its predecessor, Windows 2K Server. These powerful features build on the foundation of reliability, expandability and security introduced in Microsoft Windows Server 2000, making Microsoft Windows 2003 more efficient, more reliable, and more protected than earlier releases of Windows server operating system.

The MS Windows Server 2003 family comprises four editions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server OS for the everyday needs of businesses of any size, offering an efficient answer for data and peripheral sharing, protected Internet access, centralized desktop software management, and a powerful integrated environment among employees, partners, and customers.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the OS best suited for large enterprises as well as small and mid-size companies to create, deploy, and protect robust applications, Web services, and network architecture.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is engineered for business-critical applications that require high levels of expandability and fault tolerance.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is designed for hosting web sites, while maintaining the basic functions that provide advanced dependability, manageability, and security.
Benefits of MS Windows Server 2003
MS Windows Server 2003 provides a wealth of productive features and improved functionality over Windows Server 2K. Improvements include:
  • Active Directory performance and flexibility is quicker and more robust over unreliable wide area network connections thanks to faster synchronization and replication as well as caching of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Improvements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System enable powerful, versatile file sharing and storage.
  • Advanced Windows Management Instrumentation providers and command-line utilities for system tasks offers administrators great granular control.
  • To make storage and archiving simpler, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which offers time-specific copies of networked shares. Users can easily recover previous versions of their files through the familiar Windows Explorer utility by right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • MS Windows Server 2003 is ideal for supporting XML-based Web services thanks to integrated compatibility with .NET and XML with the inclusion of the .NET Framework.
  • Significant networking enhancements in MS Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPoE), and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) over Network Address Translation.
  • Common Language Runtime protects systems from ill-intended or badly designed software.
  • Credential Management offers a secure store of user credentials, such as passwords and public key infrastructure certificates. This allows a single sign-on experience for users, even roaming ones.
  • The Encrypting File System (EFS) is the technology utilized to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files are easy to work with because they appear exactly like any other file or folder: transparent to legitimate users but unavailable to anyone else. EFS is especially beneficial for mobile clients who usually face a higher danger of computer theft.
  • Advanced compatibility with virtual private network environments, including a remote access server that provides both dial-up and VPN connections, providing flexibility and security for remote connectivity.
  • 802.1x wireless network support offers protection and performance enhancements for wireless local area networks (LANs). These include automatic key management and user authentication and authorization prior to network access. Fast recovery practically does away with packet corruption and interruption over high-latency wireless links.
  • Headless server allows the capability to integrate and manage a computer without a monitor, VGA display adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Compatibility with management controllers and ports enables servers to be managed even if a computer has died.
  • Auto-configuration for a variety of networks offers the mobile PC client seamless functionality on both office and home environments without being required to manually redo TCP/IP settings.
  • VoIP improves Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
How Progent Can Deliver Windows Server 2003 Assistance
The complexity and configuration demands of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 requires a network expert with real-world background and broad knowledge in designing and deploying cohesive, comprehensive information network solutions. The skill of Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, with an average of over 10 years of background in Microsoft integration, assures you success in selecting the edition and configuration of Windows Server 2003 that best matches your business goals. Progent can help you with planning, integrating, supporting and troubleshooting advanced network solutions based on Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it advisable to think about upgrading to an up-to-date release of Windows Server. If your organization is considering transitioning to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent can provide expert Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration support services to make sure your project completes on time and within your budget. If you are planning on creating a hybrid network model that integrates on-premises resources with cloud-based services like those offered by Microsoft Azure, Progent can assist you evaluate and integrate Windows Server 2016, which is powered by important elements of Azure technology and is designed to support hybrid networks. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid solutions.

To ask Progent concerning consulting expertise for Microsoft Windows Server networking, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Server Products
For small companies anywhere in the United States, Progent's Microsoft-authorized consultants offer computer help and IT consulting support for the entire family of Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 2008 R2 Server, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Progent's planning, installation, optimization, and consulting capabilities cover system design, deployment, and management help for project analysis and documentation, local and remote technical help and system troubleshooting, Help Desk Call Center Support, comprehensive security expertise, full-service outsourcing, and ProSight Virtual Hosting services.

In case your organization requires fast remote help from a certified engineer, refer to Progent's Emergency Remote Computer Support.

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