MS Windows Server 2003
The Windows Server 2003 platform offers a robust, enterprise-ready computing environment that delivers important enhancements over its predecessor, Windows Server 2000. These powerful features build on the core of availability, extensibility and protection introduced in Microsoft Windows 2000, making Windows 2003 faster, more dependable, and more secure than earlier releases of Windows server platform.
The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 family comprises four versions:
Benefits of Windows Server 2003
- Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a dependable server OS for the everyday requirements of businesses of all sizes, offering an efficient answer for file and peripheral sharing, secure Internet connectivity, centralized desktop software management, and a powerful connected network among employees, partners, and customers.
- Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform best suited for large organizations as well as small and medium-size businesses to create, deliver, and secure reliable applications, Web commerce, and network architecture.
- Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for mission-critical applications that demand high levels of scalability and fault tolerance.
- Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is optimized for serving web pages, while retaining the core functions that provide enhanced dependability, manageability, and protection.
MS Windows Server 2003 offers a wealth of powerful capabilities and improved functionality over Windows Server 2K. Improvements include:
How Progent Can Deliver Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Help
- Active Directory performance and versatility is quicker and more dependable over marginal wide area network connections thanks to more efficient synchronization and replication as well as caching of credentials in branch office domain controllers.
- Enhancements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System allow for powerful, flexible file access and storage.
- Advanced Windows Management Instrumentation providers and command-line tools for system jobs offers IT managers great granular control.
- To make storage and backup simpler, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which provides time-specific backups of networked shares. Clients can easily recover older versions of their files through the familiar Windows Explorer by simply right-clicking on a file or folder.
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is optimized for hosting XML-based Web services as a result of native support of Microsoft .NET and XML with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
- Important networking enhancements in MS Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPoE), and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) over Network Address Translation.
- Common Language Runtime (CLR) safeguards networks from ill-intended or badly written software.
- Credential Management provides a safe store of client credentials, such as passwords and public key infrastructure (X.509) certificates. This allows a common sign-on experience for users, including roaming ones.
- The Encrypting File System (EFS) is the technology utilized to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files are simple to work with as they look just the same as any other file or folder: transparent to legitimate users but unavailable to others. The Encrypting File System is especially beneficial for traveling clients who may face a higher danger of PC theft.
- Advanced support for virtual private network (VPN) technologies, including a remote access server that provides both dial-up and virtual private network connections, providing flexibility and security for remote access.
- 802.1x wireless network support provides protection and speed enhancements for wireless local area networks. These include programmed key management and user authentication/authorization prior to LAN access. Prompt recovery practically eliminates packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless links.
- Headless server provides the capability to install and manage a computer without a monitor, display adapter, keyboard, or mouse. Support for management controllers and ports allows servers to be controlled even if a computer has died.
- Auto-configuration for multiple networks offers the mobile PC client transparent functionality on both office and remote networks without being required to manually reconfigure TCP/IP settings.
- Voice over IP (VoIP) improves Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session when the Remote Help Connection is established.
The sophistication and integration requirements of MS Windows Server 2003 requires a network expert with real-world expertise and wide knowledge in designing and building viable, comprehensive information technology solutions. The skill of Progent's Microsoft-Certified consulting team, with an average of over 10 years of background in Microsoft integration, ensures you success in selecting the edition and configuration of Windows Server 2003 that best matches your company requirements. Progent can assist you with designing, integrating, supporting and troubleshooting advanced IT solutions based on Windows Server 2003.
Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it advisable to think about migrating to an up-to-date release of Windows Server. If your organization is considering transitioning to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent offers expert Windows Server 2012 R2 migration consulting support to make sure your upgrade completes on schedule and within your budget. If you are planning on creating a hybrid network model that integrates local systems with public cloud services like those offered by Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you evaluate and integrate Windows Server 2016, which is powered by major components of Microsoft Azure technology and is intended to support hybrid networks. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid solutions.
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