Microsoft Windows Server 2003
The Windows Server 2003 platform offers a reliable, enterprise-class networking environment that brings important enhancements over its predecessor, Windows 2000. These added features strengthen the core of availability, extensibility and protection offered by Microsoft Windows Server 2000, making Microsoft Windows Server 2003 more efficient, more dependable, and more secure than earlier releases of Microsoft Windows server platform.

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

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server OS for the common requirements of businesses of any size, providing an effective answer for data and peripheral sharing, secure Internet access, centralized desktop software deployment, and a powerful connected network among workers, partners, and clients.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform of choice for large organizations as well as small and mid-size companies to develop, deploy, and secure reliable applications, Web services, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for business-critical applications that demand excellent expandability and availability.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is designed for serving web pages, while retaining the basic functions that support enhanced reliability, manageability, and security.
Benefits of Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 offers a multitude of powerful features and improved functionality over Windows Server 2K. Highlights include:
  • Active Directory performance and flexibility is quicker and more robust over marginal wide area network links because of faster synchronization and replication as well as storing of credentials in branch office domain controllers.
  • Enhancements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System allow for powerful, versatile file sharing and storage.
  • Enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line utilities for server jobs give IT managers great fine-grain control.
  • To make file storage and backup easier, MS Windows Server 2003 includes the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which offers time-specific copies of networked shares. Users can easily recover older versions of their files through the Windows Explorer utility by right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is ideal for hosting XML-based Web services as a result of integrated support of .NET and XML with the inclusion of the .NET Framework.
  • Important networking enhancements in Microsoft 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 written code.
  • Credential Management provides a secure depository of client credentials, including passwords and X.509 certificates. This allows a common sign-on experience for users, even roaming ones.
  • EFS is the technique utilized to hold encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files are easy to use as they look exactly the same as any other file or folder: transparent to authorized users but inaccessible to others. The Encrypting File System is especially beneficial for mobile users who usually face a higher risk of PC theft.
  • Advanced compatibility with VPN technologies, such as a remote access server that supports both dial-up and virtual private network links, providing flexibility and protection for remote access.
  • 802.1x wireless support offers protection and speed enhancements for wireless local area networks. Among these are automatic key management and user authentication and authorization prior to network access. Prompt recovery virtually eliminates packet corruption and interruption over high-latency wireless network connections.
  • Headless server provides the capability to integrate and administer 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 died.
  • Auto-configuration for a variety of networks provides the mobile PC client seamless operations on both office and home networks without having to manually reconfigure TCP/IP settings.
  • Voice over IP enhances Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
How Progent Can Deliver MS Windows Server 2003 Help
The complexity and integration requirements of Windows Server 2003 calls for a network professional with hands-on background and wide knowledge in designing and building cohesive, comprehensive information technology solutions. The skill of Progent's Microsoft-qualified consulting team, with an average of over 10 years of consulting in Microsoft technology, assures you success in selecting the edition and setup of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that best aligns with your business requirements. Progent can help you with designing, integrating, supporting and maintaining advanced IT solutions powered by Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it prudent to think about migrating to a current version of Windows Server. If your organization is considering moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent can provide expert Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration support services to ensure your upgrade completes on time and within your budget. If you are considering building a hybrid network model that integrates on-premises resources with public cloud services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can assist you assess and integrate Windows Server 2016, which incorporates major elements of Microsoft Azure technology and is intended to accommodate hybrid environments. See Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud solutions.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Technology
For organizations of all sizes in the Northern California area or anywhere in the United States, Progent's Microsoft-authorized experts offer low-cost online computer assistance and IT consulting support for the whole family of Microsoft .NET servers. Progent can provide Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud solutions, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 deployment assistance, Windows 2008 Server expertise, and Microsoft Windows 2003 Server technical support. Progent's migration, integration, update, and consulting services include system architecture, configuration, and management outsourcing for project management and documentation, on-site and off-site technical support and system diagnosis, Help Desk Outsourcing Support, certified security consulting, turn-key outsourcing, Microsoft Exchange hosting, and ProSight Virtual Hosting.

Progent also can deliver a wide array of remote PC desktop support services such as Windows 10 migration consulting, Windows 8.1 integration expertise, Windows 7 support, preparing for to 64-bit computing, Microsoft Office desktop and Office 365 collaboration support, and automating Business Desktop Deployment.

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