Introducing Exchange Server 2003
Exchange 2003 Server delivers a reliable, extensible, and manageable infrastructure with 24◊7 messaging and team support plus affordability. Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 enables a wide range of collaborative activities, including group calendaring capabilities, discussion groups, and team folders, and also provides access to data that crosses geographic, organizational, and technology barriers with features such as Instant Messaging (IM), real-time data, and video conferencing. MS Exchange Server 2003 introduced enhancements over Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server in important technologies that address security, speed, and remote access.

Microsoft has ended support for Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server, requiring IT management deal with all the issues involved in maintaining an end-of-life email system. Still, a large number of Exchange sites are now running Exchange 2003. Progent's Microsoft-authorized IT engineers offer extensive experience supporting Exchange Server 2003 and can assist your business to administer and troubleshoot your current Exchange Server 2003 solution or help you to design and execute an affordable migration to a current version of Microsoft Exchange. (Refer to Progent's Exchange 2016 upgrade support services and Microsoft Exchange 2013 expertise.)

Improvements of MS Exchange 2003 Vs. Microsoft Exchange 2K Server
MS Exchange Server 2003 features improvements in functionality over Microsoft Exchange 2K Server in crucial capabilities including recovery, throughput, security, mobility, collaboration, and manageability.

  • MS Exchange Server 2003 offers superior disaster recovery by including support for 8-node clustering, faster cluster failover, support for mount points which overcome the 24-drive designation limitation, SAN compatibility, Volume Shadow Copy Service for database backup, a Mailbox Recovery utility, and a Restore Storage group.
  • Exchange 2003 Server improves responsiveness via features such as /3GB and /USERVA startup switches for tuning the allocation of memory address space, public folder store replication enhancements, distribution list performance enhancements, and control of Out of Office notices.
  • Security enhancements introduced by Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server include Internet Protocol security (IPsec) compatibility for front- and back-end clusters, signed Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) requests to Active Directory, front-end and back-end Kerberos authentication, Internet Information Services 6.0 security, limiting of distribution lists to validated users, real-time Safe and Block data, inbound recipient filtering, attachment restrictions in Outlook Web Access, and public folders permissions improvements.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 offers better support for remote and mobile workers by adding an Outlook Web Access (OWA) user interface (UI) and a more extensive feature set for Web Outlook, Outlook speed improvements via MAPI compression, HTTP compatibility from Outlook 2003, xHTML aND.htmL smart phone browser support, plus syncing of notifications for Pocket PCs.
  • Manageability and serviceability are improved by organizing queues on a per-server system, enhancing the user interface (UI), exposing all system queues, enabling cookie authorization, utilizing Microsoft Exchange System Manager to move log files and queue data, including a multi-user Move Mailbox feature, and adding dynamic distribution lists, public folder Send Contents, and public folder affinity to manage referrals.

Improvements of Microsoft Exchange 2003 Vs. Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 offered major improvements in capability over MS Exchange 5.5 Server in key areas including access, ease of management, protection, reliability, scalability, and speed.

  • Exchange 2003 Server brings a dramatic improvement in capability compared to the Exchange 5.5 web client. MS Exchange Server 2003 provides a nearly identical implementation of the traditional MS Outlook graphical user interface including scheduling and tools. As a result, mobile workers have the benefit of full, secure access to email even without a notebook. All they need is an Internet-attached PC with a conventional web browser.
  • Unlike MS Exchange 5.5 Server, which incorporates its own directory, Exchange Server 2003 takes advantage of Active Directory, providing a greatly simplified management and protection model. This makes Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 less expensive to manage and maintain and also allows tighter security.
  • Exchange Server 2003 has a strong foundation for transparently integrating third-party utilities such as virus and spam scanning tools. MS Exchange Server 2003's strong API eliminates the technical risk often found with Microsoft Exchange 5.5 when integrating third-party software.
  • MS Exchange 2003 Server offers greatly improved scalability and speed in comparison to MS Exchange Server 5.5. Enhancements include more and bigger mailboxes and speedier offsite connectivity.
  • Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server also offers better search ability, making it easier and quicker to retrieve important data when you have to have it.

Advantages MS Exchange Server 2003 Compared to an ISP-provided or POP3 Email System
If your business is currently running an email environment hosted by an ISP or if you are running your Outlook clients in POP3 mode, MS Exchange Server 2003 offers an array of enhanced capabilities in the areas of manageability, performance, capacity, reliability, and collaboration:

  • In contrast to the store-and-forward technique utilized by POP3 email systems, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 is based on a central-store model that liberates users from dependence on a specific PC or laptop, reduces vulnerability to computer failure or virus attacks, and allows both on-line and off-line operation, programmed backup, and advanced sharing and collaboration.
  • Exchange 2003 Server has powerful collaboration capabilities that allow work groups to improve efficiency by sharing scheduling, address books, messages, and data.
  • The flexibility of MS Exchange 2003 Server makes it possible to integrate third-party security enhancements or accommodate wireless devices such as the RIM BlackBerry.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 supports powerful administration and tracking tools to verify that your email environment is operating smoothly.
  • MS Exchange Server 2003 permits complete on-line archiving without hurting performance, enabling round-the-clock operation by avoiding routine downtime.

How Progent Can Assist You to Migrate Your POP3 Clients to Exchange 2003
Progent's experience and proven best practices can help you to manage a quick, seamless move of your POP3 e-mail clients to Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server. Progent pays attention to critical details that include coordinating domain names so that both on-site and mobile users make a smooth upgrade from the limitations of POP3 email. Progent can assist you with integrating a local Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server solution or assist you to set up and manage your Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 in an external datacenter. Progent's disaster recovery experts can help your organization to create and implement a complete workplace recovery plan that incorporates Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager support for ongoing online backup and rapid data restoration.

How Progent Can Help You to Migrate to MS Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange Server 2003
Progent's Exchange consultants can help you to move to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 or move to Exchange 2016 Server from Exchange 2003 Server at minimal expense or disruption of business operations. Progent can help your organization to enhance Exchange security, performance, reliability, and fault tolerance and streamline administration. Progent's CISM-certified system security consultants can evaluate and improve your security strategy and Progent's Cisco-premier network engineers can enhance your network architecture to improve network performance and lower support expense.

Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 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 located on your corporate datacenter and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consultants can assist you with any phase of planning, integrating and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365 solution. Progent's Exchange consultants can provide as-needed expertise to help you resolve challenging technical problems and also can provide extensive project management outsourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365 initiative is completed on time and within budget. To learn more about Progent's consulting expertise for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, go to Office 365 integration with on-premises Exchange.

Hosting Services for Exchange
Progent also offers Exchange Hosting and Management Services based on a world-class facility for MS Exchange and featuring fast Internet access, dedicated firewall protection, security update and revision control, Help Desk Call Center services, spam protection, regular data backup, 24x7 monitoring of security and performance, and full email administration services. When migrating from an earlier release of Exchange is an ideal time to consider moving to a remote managed data center for Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 or Exchange 2013 Server so you can save on cost related to computer hardware, fail-safe infrastructure, and email administration.

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If you wish to contact Progent about consulting expertise for MS Exchange Server integration or to learn more about Progent's Microsoft Exchange hosting services, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

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