Introducing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 delivers a dependable, scalable, and manageable infrastructure with 24◊7 email and collaboration plus low cost of ownership. Exchange Server 2003 supports a broad array of collaborative functions, including group scheduling abilities, discussion groups, and team folders, and also makes available information across geographic, logical, and architectural barriers with features such as Instant Messaging (IM), real-time data, and video conferencing. Exchange Server 2003 introduced improvements over MS Exchange Server 2000 in important technologies that address security, performance, and remote access.

In 2009 Microsoft terminated support for Exchange Server 2003, making IT management face the issues associated with maintaining a legacy messaging system. Still, a large number of Exchange sites are still operating Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Progent's Microsoft-certified network consultants have in-depth experience maintaining Microsoft Exchange 2003 and can help your business to administer and repair your existing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 solution or assist you to design and execute an affordable upgrade to a current edition of Exchange. (See Progent's Exchange Server 2016 upgrade support services and Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 expertise.)

Improvements of MS Exchange Server 2003 Vs. Microsoft Exchange Server 2K
Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server features enhancements in functionality over MS Exchange Server 2K in important areas such as disaster recovery, performance, security, mobility, teamwork, and simplicity of management.

  • MS Exchange 2003 Server offers enhanced recovery by adding support for eight-node clustering, quicker cluster failover, the addition of mount points which overcome the 24-drive letter limitation, storage area network compatibility, Volume Shadow Copy Service for backup infrastructure, a Mailbox Recovery Center utility, and a Restore Storage group.
  • Exchange Server 2003 enhances performance through features that include a /USERVA startup switch for adjusting the allocation of memory and memory address space, public folder store replication improvements, distribution list caching enhancements, and suppression of Out of Office notices.
  • Security improvements introduced by MS Exchange 2003 Server include Internet Protocol security support for front-end and back-end clusters, signed Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) requests to Active Directory, front-end and back-end Kerberos authentication, Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 protection, limiting of distribution lists to validated users, real-time Safe and Block data, download filtering, attachment restrictions in OWA, and public folders permissions improvements.
  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server offers better accommodation of mobile users by including an Outlook Web Access (OWA) user interface and a more extensive range of capabilities for Web Outlook, Outlook performance enhancements via MAPI compression, HTTP access from Outlook 2003, cHTML aND.htmL smart phone browser capability, plus synchronization of notifications for Pocket PCs.
  • Management and serviceability are simplified by centralizing queues on a per-server system, enhancing the user interface, revealing all system queues, enabling cookie authorization, utilizing Exchange System Manager to transfer log files and queue data, including a multiple-client Move Mailbox feature, and adding dynamic distribution lists, public folder Send hierarchy, and public folder affinity to manage referrals.

Advantages of Exchange 2003 Compared to Exchange 5.5 Server
Exchange 2003 Server offered major enhancements in capability over Microsoft Exchange 5.5 Server in key areas affecting access, ease of management, security, reliability, capacity, and speed.

  • Exchange 2003 Server brings a dramatic improvement in functionality compared to the Exchange 5.5 web client. Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 offers an almost complete version of the traditional Outlook GUI interface that features scheduling and tools. As a result, mobile users get the advantage of complete, protected availability of email even if they don't have a notebook. All they require is a web-attached PC with a conventional browser.
  • In contrast to Exchange 5.5 Server, which uses its own directory, Exchange Server 2003 uses Active Directory (AD), providing a greatly streamlined administration and protection model. This makes Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 easier to administer and maintain and also offers better security.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 has a powerful architecture for seamlessly adding third-party applications such as virus and spam scanning software. MS Exchange 2003 Server's strong API does away with the technical risk often found with MS Exchange Server 5.5 when integrating third-party utilities.
  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server delivers greatly increased scalability and speed in comparison to Exchange 5.5. Enhancements allow more and larger mailboxes and faster offsite connectivity.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 also provides improved search capability, making it easier and quicker to find vital data when you need it.

Advantages Exchange Server 2003 Vs. an ISP-based or POP3 Email System
If your organization is now running an email environment hosted by an ISP or if you are running your Outlook users in POP3 mode, Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server offers an array of improved capabilities covering ease of management, responsiveness, size, availability, and group support:

  • In contrast to the store-and-forward technique utilized by POP3 email environments, Exchange 2003 Server uses a central-store model that frees users from dependence on a specific personal computer or laptop, reduces vulnerability to hardware failure or viruses, and permits both on-line and off-line operation, automatic backup, and sophisticated sharing and collaboration.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 has an array of groupware features that allow work groups to improve productivity by sharing calendaring, address books, correspondence, and data.
  • The flexibility of Exchange Server 2003 allows you to install non-Microsoft security enhancements or support wireless computers such as the BlackBerry smartphone.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 supports advanced management and monitoring tools so you can verify that your email environment is operating smoothly.
  • Exchange Server 2003 permits complete on-line backup without hurting productivity, enabling 24x7 availability by avoiding scheduled downtime.

How Progent Can Assist You to Move Your POP3 E-Mail Users to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
Progent's background and proven best practices can help you to implement a fast, non-disruptive move of your POP3 e-mail users to Exchange Server 2003. Progent pays attention to vital details that include coordinating domain names so that both on-site and remote workers make a smooth upgrade from the restrictions of POP3 messaging. Progent can help you with setting up a local Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 solution or help you to locate and manage your Exchange 2003 Server in an external datacenter. Progent's workplace recovery consultants can help you to develop and implement a comprehensive workplace recovery plan that includes Microsoft Data Protection Manager consulting for ongoing remote archiving and rapid data restoration.

How Progent Can Assist You to Migrate to Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange 2003
Progent's Microsoft-certified experts can help your company to move to Exchange 2013 Server or move to Exchange Server 2016 from Exchange 2003 Server at the least possible cost or interruption of business operations. Progent can help your organization to enhance Microsoft Exchange security, speed, reliability, and fault tolerance and streamline administration. Progent's CISM-certified security specialists can review and upgrade your security environment and Progent's Cisco-premier network engineers can upgrade your network architecture to improve network performance and reduce support cost.

Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft allows you to create transparent hybrid ecosystems that combine Office 365 and local Exchange. This allows you to have certain mailboxes hosted at your physical datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consultants can assist your organization with any phase of designing, integrating and debugging your hybrid Office 365/Exchange network. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide as-needed expertise to help you resolve stubborn technical issues and also can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to make sure your hybrid Office 365 initiative is carried out on schedule and within budget. To learn more about Progent's consulting services for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, see Office 365 integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.

Hosting for Microsoft Exchange
Progent also offers Microsoft Exchange Hosting Services based on a world-class data center for MS Exchange and featuring fast Internet connectivity, firewall security, patch and service pack control, Help Desk services, spam and virus filtering, regular data backup, 24x7 monitoring of security and responsiveness, and full Exchange administration support. While you are migrating from an older release of Microsoft Exchange is an ideal occasion to move to a hosted data center for MS Exchange Server 2016 or Exchange Server 2013 in order to save on expenses associated with capital equipment, fail-safe infrastructure, and messaging system administration.

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