Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 platform provides a reliable, enterprise-class computing environment that delivers significant improvements over the earlier Microsoft Windows 2000. These added features build on the foundation of availability, scalability and protection offered by Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, making Windows 2003 faster, more reliable, and more secure than earlier versions of Windows server operating system.

The MS Windows Server 2003 family is available in four editions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server OS for the common requirements of businesses of all sizes, offering an efficient answer for data and printer sharing, protected Internet access, centralized PC software management, and a powerful integrated network for employees, partners, and clients.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform best suited for large organizations and for small and mid-size companies to create, deploy, and secure reliable applications, web-based commerce, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is engineered for business-critical applications that demand excellent scalability and fault tolerance.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is intended for serving web pages, while retaining the basic features that support advanced dependability, manageability, and protection.
Features of MS Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 offers a multitude of powerful features and enhanced functionality over Windows Server 2000. Improvements include:
  • Active Directory performance and versatility is quicker and more dependable over unreliable wide area network connections because of more efficient synchronization and replication as well as caching of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Enhancements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System enable powerful, flexible file sharing and storage.
  • Advanced Windows Management Instrumentation providers and command-line utilities for system tasks offers administrators great granular control.
  • To make file storage and backup easier, MS Windows Server 2003 includes the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which provides time-specific copies of networked shares. Users can easily access previous versions of their work through the familiar Windows Explorer by right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • Windows Server 2003 is ideal for hosting XML-based Web services as a result of integrated support of Microsoft .NET and XML with the inclusion of the .NET Framework.
  • Important networking enhancements in MS Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPoE), and Internet Protocol Security over Network Address Translation.
  • Common Language Runtime (CLR) safeguards systems from malicious or badly written code.
  • Credential Management offers a secure store of client credentials, such as passwords and public key infrastructure (X.509) certificates. This provides a common sign-on experience for users, including roaming users.
  • EFS is the technique utilized to hold encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files are easy to work with because they look exactly like any other file: transparent to legitimate users but inaccessible to others. EFS is especially advantageous for mobile users who usually work under a higher danger of computer loss or theft.
  • Enhanced support for VPN technologies, such as a remote access server that supports both dial-up and VPN connections, offering flexibility and protection for remote connectivity.
  • 802.1x wireless support offers protection and speed improvements for wireless LANs. These include automatic key management and user authentication and authorization prior to network access. Prompt 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, display adapter, keyboard, or mouse. Compatibility with management controllers and management ports allows servers to be managed even if a system has crashed.
  • Auto-configuration for multiple networks provides the mobile PC client transparent functionality on both office and remote networks without being required to manually redo TCP/IP settings.
  • Voice over IP enhances Remote Assistance by supporting 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 demands of MS Windows Server 2003 calls for an IT professional with real-world background and wide knowledge in designing and building cohesive, comprehensive business network solutions. The knowledge and experience of Progent's Microsoft-qualified consulting team, with an average of over a decade of background in Microsoft integration, ensures you results in selecting the edition and setup of Windows Server 2003 that best aligns with your company requirements. Progent can assist you with planning, integrating, managing and troubleshooting sophisticated IT solutions powered by MS Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows Server 2003. It is therefore prudent to consider migrating to an up-to-date version of Windows Server. If you are interested in transitioning to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent can provide cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 migration consulting services to ensure your project completes on schedule and within budget. If you are considering building a hybrid architecture that integrates on-premises resources with cloud-based services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can assist you evaluate and deploy Windows Server 2016, which incorporates important elements of Microsoft Azure technology and is intended to accommodate hybrid networks. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Technology
For organizations of all sizes in the Northern California area or elsewhere in the United States, Progent's Microsoft-certified experts can provide affordable remote computer assistance and professional consulting support for the entire family of Microsoft .NET servers. Progent can deliver Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud solutions, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 deployment help, Microsoft Windows 2008 Server consulting, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 maintenance. Progent's migration, integration, optimization, and consulting capabilities include system architecture, deployment, and management outsourcing for project analysis and documentation, on-site and remote technical help and network diagnosis, Help Desk Call Center Services, certified security expertise, full-service outsourcing, Exchange Server hosting, and ProSight Virtual Hosting service.

Progent in addition offers a full array of remote desktop support and troubleshooting services such as Windows 10 migration consulting, Windows 8.1 consulting, Windows 7 maintenance, preparing for to 64-bit computing, Office desktop and Office 365 integration, and streamlining workstation deployment.

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