Windows Server 2003
The Windows Server 2003 platform offers a robust, enterprise-ready computing platform that brings important improvements over the earlier Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. These added features strengthen the core of availability, extensibility and protection offered by Microsoft Windows 2000, making Microsoft Windows 2003 Server faster, more dependable, and more secure than earlier versions of Windows server operating system.

The Windows Server 2003 product line comprises four editions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server operating system for the everyday requirements of businesses of all sizes, offering an effective solution for data and printer sharing, protected Internet access, centralized PC application deployment, and a rich connected network for workers, partners, and clients.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the operating system of choice for large enterprises and for small and medium-size companies to create, deploy, and secure robust applications, web-based services, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for mission-critical applications that require excellent expandability and fault tolerance.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is intended for hosting web pages, while retaining the core functions that support enhanced reliability, manageability, and protection.
Benefits of Microsoft Windows Server 2003
MS Windows Server 2003 provides a multitude of productive capabilities and improved functionality over Windows Server 2K. Highlights include:
  • Active Directory performance and versatility is quicker and more dependable over marginal WAN links because of more efficient synchronization and replication as well as storing of credentials in branch office domain controllers.
  • Enhancements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System (EFS) enable highly functional, flexible file access and storage.
  • Advanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line tools for system jobs give IT managers great fine-grain control.
  • To make file storage and archiving simpler, MS Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which provides point-in-time copies of networked shares. Clients can easily recover older versions of their work through the familiar Windows Explorer utility by right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is ideal for hosting XML-based Web services thanks to native compatibility with Microsoft .NET and EXtensible Markup Language with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
  • Important networking enhancements in Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, and Internet Protocol Security over Network Address Translation (NAT).
  • Common Language Runtime (CLR) safeguards networks from malicious or badly written code.
  • Credential Management offers a secure store of user credentials, such as passwords and public key infrastructure certificates. This allows a single sign-on experience for users, even roaming ones.
  • The Encrypting File System is the technology utilized to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files and folders are simple to use as they look exactly like any other file or folder: transparent to legitimate users but inaccessible to anyone else. The Encrypting File System is particularly advantageous for traveling users who may face a greater risk of computer theft.
  • Advanced compatibility with VPN technologies, such as a remote access server that supports both dial-up and VPN connections, providing versatility and security for remote access.
  • 802.1x wireless support offers security and performance improvements for wireless local area networks (LANs). Among these are automatic key management and user authentication prior to LAN access. Fast recovery virtually does away with packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless network connections.
  • Headless server provides the ability to install and administer a computer without a monitor, display adapter, keyboard, or mouse. Compatibility with management controllers and management ports enables servers to be managed even when a system has died.
  • Auto-configuration for multiple networks provides the mobile PC user seamless operations on both office and remote environments without being required to manually redo TCP/IP settings.
  • Voice over IP improves Remote Assistance by supporting a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
How Progent Can Provide Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Help
The sophistication and configuration requirements of Windows Server 2003 calls for a network consultant with real-world background and wide knowledge in designing and building viable, comprehensive business technology solutions. The knowledge and experience of Progent's Microsoft-Premier consulting team, with an average of more than a decade of background in Microsoft integration, assures you results in selecting the edition and configuration of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that best aligns with your business requirements. Progent can help you with designing, integrating, supporting and troubleshooting advanced IT solutions powered by Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has ended support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it advisable to consider migrating to an up-to-date version of Windows Server. If your organization is considering transitioning to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent offers cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 migration consulting services to make sure your upgrade finishes on schedule and within your budget. If you are considering building a hybrid network model that combines local systems with cloud-based services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you assess and deploy Windows Server 2016, which is powered by important elements of Microsoft Azure technology and is designed to support hybrid networks. See Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud solutions.

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