Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system offers a reliable, enterprise-class computing environment that brings important enhancements over the earlier Windows 2000. These added features strengthen the foundation of availability, extensibility and security introduced in Windows 2000 Server, making Microsoft Windows Server 2003 more efficient, more reliable, and more secure than earlier releases of Windows server operating system.

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

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a dependable server operating system for the typical requirements of companies of all sizes, providing an effective solution for data and peripheral sharing, secure Internet access, centralized PC application management, and a rich integrated network among employees, partners, and customers.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform of choice for big organizations as well as small and mid-size companies to create, deliver, and protect reliable applications, Web commerce, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for mission-critical applications that require high levels of expandability and fault tolerance.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is optimized for serving web pages, while maintaining the basic functions that support advanced dependability, manageability, and protection.
Benefits of Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 provides a wealth of powerful capabilities and improved functionality over Windows 2000 Server. Highlights include:
  • Active Directory performance and versatility is faster and more dependable over unreliable WAN connections thanks to faster synchronization and replication plus storing of credentials in branch office domain controllers.
  • Enhancements to the Distributed File System and Encrypting File System enable powerful, versatile file access and storage.
  • Advanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line tools for system tasks give administrators great granular control.
  • To make storage and archiving easier, MS Windows Server 2003 includes the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which provides time-specific copies of networked shares. Users can easily access previous versions of their work through the familiar Windows Explorer utility by right-clicking on a file or folder.
  • Windows Server 2003 is ideal for hosting XML-based Web services thanks to integrated compatibility with Microsoft .NET and EXtensible Markup Language with the inclusion of the .NET Framework.
  • Significant networking improvements in Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPoE), and Internet Protocol Security over Network Address Translation (NAT).
  • Common Language Runtime safeguards systems from ill-intended or poorly designed software.
  • Credential Management offers a safe depository of user credentials, such as passwords and public key infrastructure (X.509) certificates. This provides a single sign-on experience for users, including roaming users.
  • EFS is the technique utilized to hold encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files and folders are easy to use because they appear just the same as any other file: transparent to legitimate users but inaccessible to others. EFS is especially beneficial for traveling users who may face a greater danger of PC loss or theft.
  • Advanced support for VPN technologies, 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 support provides protection and performance improvements for wireless local area networks. Among these are programmed key management and user authentication/authorization in advance of network access. Fast recovery practically does away with packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless links.
  • Headless server allows the capability to integrate and manage a computer without a monitor, VGA adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Compatibility with management controllers and management ports enables servers to be controlled even when a computer has crashed.
  • Auto-configuration for multiple networks offers the mobile computer user seamless operations on both office and remote networks without being required to manually reconfigure TCP/IP settings.
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) improves Remote Assistance by supporting a voice session when the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
How Progent Can Provide Windows Server 2003 Help
The complexity and configuration demands of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 requires a network consultant with hands-on expertise and wide knowledge in planning and deploying viable, comprehensive information technology solutions. The experience of Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants, with an average of more than 10 years of background in Microsoft integration, ensures you success in identifying the version and setup of Windows Server 2003 that best aligns with your business requirements. Progent can assist you with planning, integrating, managing and maintaining advanced network solutions based on MS Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it prudent to consider upgrading to an up-to-date version of Windows Server. If you are considering transitioning to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent can provide cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration consulting support to ensure your upgrade completes on schedule and within your budget. If you are planning on building a hybrid architecture that combines local resources with public cloud services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can assist you assess and deploy Windows Server 2016, which incorporates important components of Azure technology and is intended to accommodate hybrid environments. See Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Technology
For organizations of any size in the Northern California area or elsewhere in the United States, Progent's Microsoft-authorized experts can provide affordable online computer assistance and IT consulting services for the whole family of Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers. Progent offers Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud solutions, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and deployment support, Microsoft Windows 2008 Server expertise, and Windows Server 2003 upgrade help. Progent's migration, integration, optimization, and support services include system design, deployment, and management outsourcing for project analysis and documentation, local and off-site IT help and system troubleshooting, Help Desk Call Center Services, certified security expertise, turn-key outsourcing, Microsoft Exchange Server hosting and management, and private cloud hosting service.

Progent also offers a broad array of online desktop consulting and support services such as Windows 10 migration consulting, Microsoft Windows 8.1 expertise, Microsoft Windows 7 maintenance, upgrading to 64-bit computing, Office and Office 365 collaboration support, and streamlining desktop configuration.

In case your company needs immediate remote support from a certified engineer, go to Progent's Urgent Remote Network Help.

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