Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system offers a reliable, enterprise-class computing environment that delivers significant enhancements over its predecessor, Windows 2K Server. These powerful features strengthen the core of reliability, extensibility and protection introduced in Microsoft Windows 2000, making Microsoft Windows Server 2003 more efficient, more reliable, and more secure than previous versions of Windows server platform.

The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 product line is available in four versions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server OS for the typical requirements of companies of any size, providing an efficient solution for file and printer sharing, protected Internet connectivity, centralized PC application management, and a powerful integrated environment among workers, partners, and customers.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the operating system best suited for large enterprises and for small and mid-size businesses to create, deliver, and secure reliable applications, Web services, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for business-critical applications that require high levels of scalability and availability.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is designed for serving web pages, while maintaining the core functions that provide advanced reliability, manageability, and protection.
Features of Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 offers a multitude of powerful features and enhanced functionality over Windows 2000 Server. Highlights include:
  • Active Directory performance and flexibility is quicker and more dependable over marginal wide area network links thanks to faster synchronization and replication as well as storing of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Improvements to the Distributed File System and Encrypting File System allow for powerful, flexible file sharing and storage.
  • Enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line utilities for system tasks give administrators great fine-grain control.
  • To make storage and backup simpler, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which offers point-in-time backups of networked shares. Users can easily recover previous versions of their files through the familiar Windows Explorer by simply right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • Windows Server 2003 is ideal for hosting XML-based Web services thanks to native support of .NET and XML with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
  • Significant networking enhancements in Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) over Network Address Translation.
  • Common Language Runtime (CLR) protects networks from malicious or poorly designed software.
  • Credential Management provides a safe depository of client credentials, such as passwords and X.509 certificates. This provides a common sign-on experience for users, even roaming ones.
  • EFS is the technique utilized to hold encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files and folders are easy to work with as they appear just like any other file: transparent to legitimate users but unavailable to anyone else. The Encrypting File System (EFS) is particularly beneficial for traveling clients who may face a higher danger of PC theft.
  • Advanced support for virtual private network technologies, including a remote access server that provides both dial-up and virtual private network connections, providing versatility and protection for remote connectivity.
  • 802.1x wireless network support provides protection and performance enhancements for wireless LANs. Among these are programmed key management and user authentication/authorization in advance of LAN access. Fast recovery virtually 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 adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Support for management controllers and ports allows servers to be managed even if a computer has died.
  • Auto-configuration for a variety of networks provides the mobile PC client transparent operations on both office and remote environments without being required to manually reconfigure TCP/IP configurations.
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) improves Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session when the Remote Help Connection is established.
How Progent Can Deliver Windows Server 2003 Assistance
The sophistication and integration requirements of MS Windows Server 2003 requires a network professional with hands-on expertise and wide knowledge in designing and deploying viable, comprehensive information network solutions. The experience of Progent's Microsoft-qualified consulting team, with an average of more than 10 years of background in Microsoft integration, assures you results in identifying the version and configuration of MS Windows Server 2003 that best matches your business goals. Progent can help you with designing, deploying, managing and troubleshooting sophisticated IT solutions powered by Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has ended support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it advisable to consider migrating to an up-to-date version of Windows Server. If your organization is considering moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent can provide cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 migration support services to make sure your upgrade finishes on schedule and within budget. If you are considering creating a hybrid network model that integrates on-premises resources with public cloud services like those offered by Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you evaluate and integrate Windows Server 2016, which is powered by major elements of Microsoft Azure technology and is intended to accommodate hybrid networks. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration.

If you wish to get in touch with Progent about consulting expertise for Windows Server technology, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Server Technology
For small and mid-sized companies across the U.S., Progent's Microsoft-authorized consultants can provide computer assistance and professional consulting services for the entire family of Microsoft .NET servers, Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2008, and Windows 2003 Server. Progent's migration, integration, optimization, and consulting services include system architecture, deployment, and management outsourcing for project management and documentation, local and remote technical help and system diagnosis, Help Desk Call Center Services, comprehensive security consulting, full-service outsourcing, and Private Cloud hosting options.

In case your business requires immediate remote help from a Microsoft certified consultant, refer to Progent's Emergency Remote Computer Help.

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