MS Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system offers a reliable, enterprise-ready networking platform that brings significant enhancements over its predecessor, Windows 2000. These added features strengthen the foundation of availability, scalability and security offered by Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, making Microsoft Windows Server 2003 faster, more reliable, and more protected than earlier releases of Microsoft Windows server operating system.

The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 product line comprises four versions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a dependable server operating system for the typical requirements of companies of all sizes, offering an effective solution for data and printer sharing, secure Internet access, centralized PC application management, and a powerful integrated environment for workers, associates, and clients.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform of choice for big enterprises as well as small and medium-size companies to create, deploy, and secure robust applications, web-based commerce, and network architecture.
  • 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 optimized for serving web sites, while maintaining the core functions that support advanced reliability, manageability, and protection.
Features of Windows Server 2003
Microsoft 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 robust over unreliable wide area network links thanks to more efficient 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 allow for powerful, flexible file sharing and storage.
  • Enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line tools for system jobs give administrators great fine-grain control.
  • To make file storage and backup easier, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which offers time-specific backups of networked shares. Users can easily access previous versions of their files through the familiar Windows Explorer utility by simply right-clicking on a file or folder.
  • Windows Server 2003 is ideal for hosting XML-based Web services as a result of built-in compatibility with Microsoft .NET and EXtensible Markup Language with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
  • Important networking enhancements in MS Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, and Internet Protocol Security over Network Address Translation.
  • Common Language Runtime (CLR) safeguards networks from ill-intended or poorly designed code.
  • Credential Management provides a safe store of user credentials, including passwords and public key infrastructure certificates. This allows a single sign-on experience for users, even roaming users.
  • EFS is the technology used to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files and folders are easy to use because they appear just the same as any other file or folder: transparent to legitimate users but inaccessible to anyone else. The Encrypting File System is particularly advantageous for traveling users who may work under a greater danger of computer theft.
  • Enhanced support for virtual private network environments, including a remote access server that supports both dial-up and VPN connections, offering flexibility and security for remote access.
  • 802.1x wireless network support provides protection and performance improvements for wireless local area networks. These include automatic key management and user authentication and authorization in advance of LAN 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. Compatibility with management controllers and ports enables servers to be managed even if a system has died.
  • Auto-configuration for a variety of networks offers the mobile PC client seamless operations on both office and home networks without having to manually redo TCP/IP configurations.
  • VoIP improves Remote Assistance by supporting a voice session when the Remote Help Connection is established.
How Progent Can Provide MS Windows Server 2003 Expertise
The complexity and integration demands of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 calls for a network consultant with real-world background and broad knowledge in designing and deploying cohesive, end-to-end business network solutions. The experience of Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, with an average of over 10 years of consulting in Microsoft integration, ensures you success in identifying the version and setup of Windows Server 2003 that best aligns with your company goals. Progent can help you with designing, integrating, supporting and troubleshooting advanced IT solutions powered by MS Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it prudent to think about upgrading to a current version of Windows Server. If you are considering moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent offers expert Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration support services to make sure your project finishes on schedule and within budget. If you are considering creating a hybrid architecture that integrates on-premises systems with cloud-based services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can assist you evaluate and deploy Windows Server 2016, which incorporates major components of Azure technology and is intended to support hybrid networks. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid solutions.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Technology
For companies of any size in the Northern California area or anywhere in the U.S., Progent's Microsoft-authorized experts offer affordable online network help and IT consulting support for the whole array of Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers. Progent offers Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud solutions, Windows Server 2012 R2 deployment assistance, Windows Server 2008 consulting, and Windows Server 2003 technical support. Progent's planning, installation, optimization, and support services cover network architecture, configuration, and management outsourcing for project management and documentation, local and remote technical help and network repair, Help Desk Services, comprehensive security consulting, turn-key outsourcing, Microsoft Exchange Server hosting and management, and ProSight Virtual Hosting service.

Progent also offers a full array of remote PC desktop support and troubleshooting services including Windows 10 planning and migration support, Windows 8.1 consulting, Microsoft Windows 7 maintenance, moving to 64-bit computing, Office and Office 365 collaboration support, and streamlining workstation deployment.

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