Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 platform provides a robust, enterprise-class networking platform that delivers important enhancements over the earlier Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. These powerful features build on the foundation of availability, expandability and security offered by Windows Server 2000, making Windows 2003 Server faster, more dependable, and more secure than earlier releases of Microsoft Windows server platform.

The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 family comprises four editions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a dependable server OS for the typical requirements of companies of all sizes, offering an efficient solution for data and peripheral sharing, secure Internet access, centralized PC software deployment, and a powerful connected network for employees, associates, and customers.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the OS of choice for big organizations as well as small and medium-size businesses to develop, deliver, and protect reliable applications, Web services, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for business-critical applications that demand high levels of expandability and availability.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is designed for hosting web pages, while maintaining the basic features that provide advanced reliability, manageability, and protection.
Benefits of MS Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 provides a multitude of productive features and enhanced functionality over Windows Server 2000. Improvements include:
  • Active Directory performance and flexibility is faster and more robust over marginal wide area network connections thanks to more efficient synchronization and replication plus storing of credentials in branch office domain controllers.
  • Enhancements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System (EFS) enable highly functional, flexible file sharing and storage.
  • Advanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line utilities for server tasks give IT managers great fine-grain control.
  • To make file storage and archiving simpler, MS Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which provides point-in-time copies of networked shares. Users can easily recover previous versions of their files through the familiar Windows Explorer by right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • Windows Server 2003 is ideal for hosting XML-based Web services thanks to built-in compatibility with .NET and EXtensible Markup Language with the inclusion of the .NET Framework.
  • Important networking enhancements in MS 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 safeguards systems from malicious or poorly designed software.
  • Credential Management offers a safe store of user credentials, including passwords and X.509 certificates. This provides a common sign-on experience for users, even roaming ones.
  • EFS is the technology used to hold encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files and folders are easy to use as they look just like any other file or folder: transparent to legitimate users but inaccessible to anyone else. The Encrypting File System is particularly advantageous for mobile clients who usually work under a greater danger of PC theft.
  • Enhanced compatibility with VPN environments, such as a remote access server that supports both dial-up and virtual private network connections, offering versatility and protection for remote access.
  • 802.1x wireless support offers protection and speed enhancements for wireless local area networks (LANs). Among these are automatic key management and user authentication and authorization in advance of network access. Fast recovery practically does away with packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless links.
  • Headless server provides the capability to install and administer a computer without a monitor, display adapter, keyboard, or mouse. Support for management controllers and management ports enables servers to be managed even if a system has died.
  • Auto-configuration for a variety of networks provides the mobile PC client seamless operations on both office and remote networks without being required to manually reconfigure TCP/IP configurations.
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) improves Remote Assistance by supporting a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is established.
How Progent Can Provide Windows Server 2003 Expertise
The complexity and integration requirements of Windows Server 2003 requires a network professional with real-world expertise and wide knowledge in planning and deploying cohesive, comprehensive business network solutions. The skill of Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants, with an average of over 10 years of background in Microsoft technology, ensures you results in selecting the edition and setup of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that best aligns with your business goals. Progent can assist you with planning, integrating, managing and maintaining advanced IT solutions based on Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it advisable to think about migrating to a current release of Windows Server. If you are considering moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent can provide cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 migration consulting support to make sure your upgrade finishes on time and within your budget. If you are planning on creating a hybrid architecture that integrates local systems with public cloud services like those offered by Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you assess and integrate Windows Server 2016, which is powered by important elements of Microsoft Azure technology and is designed to accommodate hybrid networks. See Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid solutions.

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