Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system provides a reliable, enterprise-class computing platform that brings significant enhancements over the earlier Windows 2000. These powerful features build on the core of availability, extensibility and security offered by Microsoft Windows Server 2000, making Microsoft Windows 2003 faster, more reliable, and more secure than earlier versions of Microsoft Windows server operating system.
The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 product line comprises four editions:
Benefits of Microsoft Windows Server 2003
- Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server OS for the common requirements of businesses of all sizes, offering an efficient answer for file and peripheral sharing, secure Internet access, centralized PC application management, and a powerful integrated network for employees, partners, and clients.
- Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform of choice for large organizations as well as small and mid-size companies to develop, deploy, and secure reliable applications, Web services, and network architecture.
- Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for mission-critical applications that demand excellent expandability and fault tolerance.
- Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is optimized for hosting web pages, while retaining the core features that support advanced dependability, manageability, and protection.
Windows Server 2003 provides a wealth of productive features and improved functionality over Windows 2000 Server. Improvements include:
How Progent Can Provide Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Help
- Active Directory performance and versatility is faster and more robust over unreliable wide area network links thanks to faster 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 powerful, flexible file access and storage.
- Enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation providers and command-line tools for server jobs offers IT managers great fine-grain control.
- To make storage and archiving simpler, MS Windows Server 2003 includes the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which offers time-specific backups of networked shares. Users can easily access previous versions of their files through the Windows Explorer utility by right-clicking on a file or folder.
- MS Windows Server 2003 is ideal for supporting XML-based Web services as a result of built-in compatibility with .NET and XML with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
- Significant networking improvements in MS Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) over Network Address Translation.
- Common Language Runtime (CLR) safeguards networks from ill-intended or poorly written software.
- Credential Management offers a secure store of client credentials, including passwords and public key infrastructure (X.509) certificates. This allows a common sign-on experience for users, even roaming users.
- The Encrypting File System is the technology utilized to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files are simple to work with as they appear just the same as any other file or folder: transparent to legitimate users but unavailable to anyone else. The Encrypting File System is especially advantageous for mobile users who may work under a greater risk of PC theft.
- Enhanced support for virtual private network (VPN) technologies, such as a remote access server that provides both dial-up and VPN links, offering versatility and security for remote connectivity.
- 802.1x wireless network support provides protection and performance enhancements for wireless local area networks. Among these are programmed key management and user authentication in advance of network access. Prompt recovery virtually eliminates packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless links.
- Headless server provides the ability to install and manage a computer without a monitor, display adapter, keyboard, or mouse. Compatibility with management controllers and ports allows servers to be controlled even if a computer has died.
- Auto-configuration for multiple networks provides the mobile computer client transparent functionality on both office and remote networks without being required to manually redo TCP/IP configurations.
- Voice over IP (VoIP) enhances Remote Assistance by supporting a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is established.
The sophistication and configuration demands of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 requires a network consultant with hands-on background and wide knowledge in designing and building viable, end-to-end business technology solutions. The knowledge and experience of Progent's Microsoft-Certified consulting team, with an average of over a decade of background in Microsoft technology, assures you success in selecting the version 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 based on MS Windows Server 2003.
Microsoft has ended support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it advisable to think about migrating to an up-to-date version of Windows Server. If your organization is interested in moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent can provide cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration consulting support to ensure your upgrade finishes on time and within budget. If you are considering creating a hybrid network model that combines on-premises systems with public cloud services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can assist you assess and deploy Windows Server 2016, which is powered by important components of Azure technology and is intended to support hybrid environments. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration.
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