Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system offers a robust, enterprise-ready computing platform that delivers important enhancements over its predecessor, Windows Server 2000. These added features build on the foundation of reliability, scalability and security offered by Windows Server 2000, making Microsoft Windows Server 2003 more efficient, more reliable, and more protected than earlier releases of Windows server operating system.
The Windows Server 2003 family is available in four editions:
Features of Windows Server 2003
- Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a dependable server operating system for the typical needs of companies of any size, offering an effective answer for file and peripheral sharing, protected Internet access, centralized desktop application management, and a powerful connected network among employees, associates, and customers.
- Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform best suited for big organizations and for small and mid-size companies to create, deliver, and protect robust applications, Web services, and infrastructure.
- Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for mission-critical applications that demand high levels of expandability and availability.
- Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is designed for serving web pages, while maintaining the basic functions that provide advanced reliability, manageability, and protection.
MS Windows Server 2003 offers a wealth of powerful features and enhanced functionality over Windows Server 2K. Highlights include:
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- Active Directory performance and versatility is faster and more robust over unreliable wide area network links thanks to more efficient synchronization and replication as well as storing of credentials in branch office domain controllers.
- Improvements to the Distributed File System and Encrypting File System (EFS) allow for highly functional, versatile file sharing and storage.
- Enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line tools for server jobs give administrators great fine-grain control.
- To make storage and archiving easier, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which provides point-in-time copies of networked shares. Users can easily access previous versions of their files through the Windows Explorer utility by simply right-clicking on a file or folder.
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is ideal for hosting XML-based Web services as a result of integrated compatibility with Microsoft .NET and EXtensible Markup Language with the inclusion of the .NET Framework.
- Significant networking improvements in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, and Internet Protocol Security over Network Address Translation.
- Common Language Runtime safeguards systems from ill-intended or poorly designed software.
- Credential Management offers a safe store of user credentials, including passwords and X.509 certificates. This provides a common sign-on protocol for users, including roaming users.
- The Encrypting File System (EFS) is the technology used to hold encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files are easy to use because they look exactly the same as any other file: transparent to legitimate users but unavailable to anyone else. The Encrypting File System is particularly beneficial for mobile clients who usually work under a greater danger of computer theft.
- Enhanced compatibility with VPN environments, including a remote access server that supports both dial-up and virtual private network links, providing versatility and security for remote connectivity.
- 802.1x wireless support offers protection and performance enhancements for wireless local area networks (LANs). These include automatic key management and user authentication/authorization prior to LAN access. Fast recovery virtually does away with packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless network connections.
- Headless server allows the capability to install and administer a computer without a monitor, VGA display adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Support for management controllers and management ports enables servers to be controlled even if a computer has crashed.
- Auto-configuration for multiple networks offers the mobile PC user transparent functionality on both office and home environments without being required to manually reconfigure TCP/IP configurations.
- VoIP improves Remote Assistance by supporting a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
The complexity and integration requirements of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 calls for an IT expert with real-world expertise and wide knowledge in planning and building viable, end-to-end business network solutions. The skill of Progent's Microsoft-Certified consulting team, with an average of more than a decade of consulting in Microsoft integration, assures you results in identifying the version and configuration of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that best matches your company requirements. Progent can assist you with designing, integrating, supporting and maintaining advanced IT solutions powered by Microsoft Windows Server 2003.
Microsoft has ended support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it advisable to consider upgrading to an up-to-date release of Windows Server. If you are considering transitioning to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent offers cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration support services to make sure your project finishes on time and within your budget. If you are considering building a hybrid network model that combines on-premises systems with cloud-based services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you evaluate and deploy Windows Server 2016, which incorporates important elements of Azure technology and is designed to support hybrid networks. See Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid solutions.
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