Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system offers a robust, enterprise-class computing environment that delivers important improvements over its predecessor, Microsoft Windows 2000. These powerful features build on the foundation of reliability, extensibility and protection offered by Microsoft Windows 2000, making Microsoft Windows 2003 Server more efficient, more dependable, and more secure than previous releases of Microsoft Windows server operating system.

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

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server platform for the everyday needs of companies of any size, providing an effective solution for file and printer sharing, protected Internet access, centralized desktop application deployment, and a powerful connected environment for employees, associates, and clients.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform best suited for big organizations and for small and mid-size businesses to create, deploy, and secure reliable applications, Web commerce, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for mission-critical applications that require excellent scalability and fault tolerance.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is designed for serving web sites, while retaining the core functions that support enhanced reliability, manageability, and protection.
Features of Microsoft Windows Server 2003
MS Windows Server 2003 provides a multitude of productive capabilities and enhanced functionality over Windows 2000 Server. Improvements include:
  • Active Directory performance and versatility is faster and more robust over marginal wide area network links thanks to faster synchronization and replication plus caching of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Enhancements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System enable highly functional, versatile file sharing and storage.
  • Enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line tools for system tasks offers administrators exceptional fine-grain control.
  • To make storage and backup simpler, MS Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which provides point-in-time copies of networked shares. Clients can easily recover older versions of their work through the Windows Explorer utility by right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • Windows Server 2003 is ideal for hosting XML-based Web services as a result of native compatibility with .NET and XML with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
  • Significant networking enhancements in MS Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPoE), and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) over Network Address Translation (NAT).
  • Common Language Runtime (CLR) protects networks from malicious or poorly written software.
  • Credential Management offers a safe depository of client credentials, such as passwords and public key infrastructure (X.509) certificates. This allows a single sign-on protocol for users, even roaming users.
  • The Encrypting File System is the technology used to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files and folders are easy to work with as they appear just like any other file: transparent to authorized users but inaccessible to anyone else. EFS is particularly beneficial for traveling clients who usually work under a higher risk of PC theft.
  • Enhanced support for VPN environments, including a remote access server that provides both dial-up and virtual private network connections, offering flexibility and protection for remote connectivity.
  • 802.1x wireless network support provides protection and speed improvements for wireless LANs. These include programmed key management and user authentication/authorization prior to LAN access. Fast recovery virtually eliminates packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless network connections.
  • Headless server allows the capability to install and manage a computer without a monitor, VGA display adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Compatibility with management controllers and ports allows servers to be managed even when a computer has crashed.
  • Auto-configuration for a variety of networks provides the mobile computer client transparent operations on both office and remote networks without having to manually reconfigure TCP/IP configurations.
  • VoIP enhances Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is established.
How Progent Can Provide MS Windows Server 2003 Help
The complexity and integration demands of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 requires an IT professional with real-world background and wide knowledge in designing and building cohesive, comprehensive information network solutions. The experience of Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants, with an average of more than 10 years of background in Microsoft integration, assures you success in identifying the edition and setup of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that best aligns with your company requirements. Progent can assist you with designing, integrating, supporting and troubleshooting sophisticated network solutions based on MS Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows Server 2003. It is therefore prudent to think about migrating to an up-to-date release of Windows Server. If your organization is considering moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent offers cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 migration consulting services to make sure your upgrade finishes on schedule and within your budget. If you are planning on creating a hybrid architecture that integrates local resources with cloud-based services like those offered by Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you assess and deploy Windows Server 2016, which is powered by major elements of Azure technology and is intended to support hybrid networks. See Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud solutions.

If you wish to ask Progent about consulting expertise for Microsoft Windows Server networking, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

Progent's Consulting and Support Services for Microsoft Server Products
For small and mid-sized companies anywhere in the United States, Progent's Microsoft-authorized consultants can provide network help and IT consulting support for the whole array of Microsoft .NET servers, Windows 2012 R2 Server, Microsoft Windows Server 2008, and Windows 2003 Server. Progent's planning, integration, optimization, and consulting capabilities include network architecture, configuration, and administration outsourcing for project management and documentation, on-site and off-site technical support and system repair, Help Desk Services, certified security consulting, full-service outsourcing, and ProSight Virtual Hosting services.

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