MS Windows Server 2003
The Windows Server 2003 operating system offers a robust, enterprise-ready computing platform that delivers important enhancements over the earlier Windows 2K Server. These powerful features strengthen the core of availability, extensibility and protection offered by Microsoft Windows 2000, making Microsoft Windows 2003 more efficient, more dependable, and more protected than previous versions of Microsoft Windows server operating system.

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 needs of businesses of any size, offering an efficient solution for file and peripheral sharing, protected Internet connectivity, centralized desktop software management, and a rich connected environment among workers, partners, and customers.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the operating system of choice for big organizations and for small and medium-size businesses to create, deliver, and secure reliable applications, web-based services, 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 designed for hosting web sites, while retaining the core functions that provide advanced dependability, manageability, and protection.
Features of Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 provides a multitude of powerful capabilities and enhanced functionality over Windows 2000 Server. Improvements include:
  • Active Directory performance and versatility is quicker and more robust over marginal WAN connections thanks to faster synchronization and replication as well as caching of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Improvements to the Distributed File System and Encrypting File System (EFS) allow for powerful, versatile file sharing and storage.
  • Enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation providers and command-line tools for server jobs offers administrators great granular control.
  • To make storage and backup easier, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which offers time-specific copies of networked shares. Users can easily access previous versions of their files through the familiar Windows Explorer by simply right-clicking on a file or folder.
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is ideal for hosting XML-based Web services thanks to native compatibility with Microsoft .NET and EXtensible Markup Language with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
  • Significant networking improvements in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, and Internet Protocol Security over Network Address Translation (NAT).
  • Common Language Runtime protects systems from malicious or badly designed code.
  • Credential Management provides a safe depository of client credentials, such as passwords and public key infrastructure certificates. This provides a common sign-on experience for users, even roaming ones.
  • The Encrypting File System is the technique utilized to hold encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files are easy to work with as they appear exactly the same as any other file: transparent to legitimate users but inaccessible to others. EFS is particularly advantageous for mobile clients who usually face a greater danger of computer loss or theft.
  • Advanced support for VPN technologies, such as a remote access server that provides both dial-up and VPN connections, providing versatility and security for remote access.
  • 802.1x wireless support provides security and performance improvements for wireless local area networks. Among these are automatic key management and user authentication prior to network access. Fast recovery virtually 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 display adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Support for management controllers and ports allows servers to be managed even if a system has crashed.
  • Auto-configuration for multiple networks offers the mobile PC user seamless operations on both office and remote environments without having to manually reconfigure TCP/IP configurations.
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) enhances Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session when the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
How Progent Can Deliver MS Windows Server 2003 Assistance
The sophistication and integration requirements of MS Windows Server 2003 requires a network professional with hands-on expertise and broad knowledge in planning and deploying viable, comprehensive business network solutions. The knowledge and experience of Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants, with an average of over a decade of background in Microsoft technology, assures you results in selecting the edition and configuration of Windows Server 2003 that best matches your company goals. Progent can assist you with planning, integrating, managing and troubleshooting advanced network solutions based on Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003. It is therefore prudent to consider upgrading to an up-to-date release of Windows Server. If you are interested in transitioning to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent offers cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration consulting support to make sure your upgrade finishes on time and within budget. If you are considering building a hybrid network model that combines on-premises systems with public cloud services like those offered by Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you evaluate and deploy Windows Server 2016, which is powered by important elements of Azure technology and is designed to accommodate hybrid networks. See Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid integration.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Technology
For organizations of all sizes in the Northern California region or anywhere in the United States, Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can provide low-cost remote computer assistance and professional consulting support for the entire family of Microsoft .NET servers. Progent can deliver Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration, Windows Server 2012 R2 planning assistance, Windows Server 2008 R2 expertise, and Microsoft Windows 2003 Server technical support. Progent's migration, integration, optimization, and support capabilities include system design, deployment, and administration outsourcing for project analysis and documentation, local and off-site IT help and network troubleshooting, Help Desk Call Center Services, certified security expertise, full-service outsourcing, Microsoft Exchange Server hosting and management, and private cloud hosting service.

Progent also can deliver a full range of remote desktop services including Windows 10 planning and migration support, Microsoft Windows 8.1 support, Microsoft Windows 7 support, moving to 64-bit computing, Microsoft Office desktop and Office 365 collaboration support, and streamlining Business Desktop Deployment.

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