Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system provides a robust, enterprise-ready computing environment that delivers important improvements over the earlier Windows 2000. These added features build on the foundation of availability, expandability and security offered by Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, making Windows 2003 faster, more dependable, and more secure than previous releases of Windows server platform.

The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 product line comprises four versions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server OS for the everyday requirements of businesses of all sizes, offering an efficient answer for file and printer sharing, protected Internet connectivity, centralized desktop software deployment, and a rich integrated environment for employees, associates, and customers.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the operating system best suited for large organizations as well as small and medium-size businesses to develop, deliver, and protect reliable applications, web-based services, and network architecture.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for business-critical applications that demand excellent scalability and fault tolerance.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is designed for serving web pages, while retaining the core features that support enhanced reliability, manageability, and security.
Benefits of Windows Server 2003
MS Windows Server 2003 offers a wealth of powerful capabilities and improved functionality over Windows 2000 Server. Improvements include:
  • Active Directory performance and versatility is quicker and more dependable over marginal WAN links thanks to more efficient synchronization and replication plus caching of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Enhancements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System (EFS) enable highly functional, versatile file sharing and storage.
  • Enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation providers and command-line tools for system jobs offers administrators exceptional granular control.
  • To make storage and archiving easier, Windows Server 2003 includes the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which offers point-in-time backups of networked shares. Users can easily access previous versions of their work through the Windows Explorer utility by simply right-clicking on a file or folder.
  • Windows Server 2003 is optimized for supporting XML-based Web services as a result of integrated compatibility with Microsoft .NET and XML with the inclusion of the .NET Framework.
  • Important networking improvements in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) over Network Address Translation.
  • Common Language Runtime protects systems from ill-intended or poorly written code.
  • Credential Management provides a secure store of user credentials, including passwords and X.509 certificates. This allows a common sign-on experience for users, including roaming users.
  • The Encrypting File System (EFS) is the technology used to hold encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files and folders are easy to work with as they look just like any other file or folder: transparent to authorized users but unavailable to anyone else. The Encrypting File System is particularly beneficial for traveling clients who may face a greater risk of PC loss or theft.
  • Advanced compatibility with virtual private network (VPN) environments, such as a remote access server that supports both dial-up and virtual private network connections, offering flexibility and protection for remote access.
  • 802.1x wireless support offers security and performance enhancements for wireless LANs. These include programmed key management and user authentication and authorization prior to LAN access. Fast recovery practically does away with packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless network connections.
  • Headless server provides the capability to install and administer a computer without a monitor, VGA adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Support for management controllers and management ports enables servers to be managed even if a system has crashed.
  • Auto-configuration for multiple networks offers the mobile computer user transparent operations on both office and remote networks without being required to manually redo TCP/IP configurations.
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) improves Remote Assistance by supporting a voice session when the Remote Help Connection is established.
How Progent Can Provide Windows Server 2003 Expertise
The complexity and configuration demands of MS Windows Server 2003 calls for an IT consultant with real-world background and broad knowledge in planning and deploying cohesive, end-to-end business technology solutions. The skill of Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, with an average of more than 10 years of background in Microsoft technology, assures you success in selecting the edition and setup of MS Windows Server 2003 that best matches your company requirements. Progent can help you with planning, deploying, supporting and maintaining sophisticated network solutions based on Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it advisable to think about upgrading 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 planning and configuration consulting services to ensure your project finishes on time and within budget. If you are planning on building a hybrid architecture that integrates on-premises resources with cloud-based services like those offered by Microsoft Azure, Progent can assist you evaluate and deploy Windows Server 2016, which incorporates 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 companies of any size in the Northern California region or anywhere in the United States, Progent's Microsoft-authorized consultants can provide affordable remote network help and professional consulting support for the whole family of Microsoft .NET servers. Progent can provide Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud solutions, Windows Server 2012 R2 deployment support, Windows Server 2008 R2 expertise, and Windows Server 2003 technical support. Progent's planning, integration, optimization, and consulting services include network design, configuration, and management outsourcing for project management and documentation, on-site and off-site IT help and network repair, Help Desk Call Center Support, comprehensive security expertise, IT outsourcing, Microsoft Exchange hosting and management, and private cloud hosting service.

Progent also can deliver a full array of remote PC desktop consulting and support services such as Windows 10 migration support, Microsoft Windows 8.1 technical support, Microsoft Windows 7 support, moving to 64-bit computing, Office desktop and Office 365 integration, and automating desktop configuration.

In case your business requires immediate online support from a certified engineer, refer to Progent's Emergency Online Network Support.

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