MS Windows Server 2003
The Windows Server 2003 platform provides a robust, enterprise-ready networking platform that delivers important improvements over the earlier Windows Server 2000. These powerful features strengthen the core of availability, expandability and security introduced in Microsoft Windows 2000, making Microsoft Windows Server 2003 more efficient, more dependable, and more secure than earlier releases of Microsoft Windows server platform.
The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 product line is available in four editions:
Benefits of Windows Server 2003
- Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server OS for the common requirements of companies of any size, providing an effective solution for file and peripheral sharing, protected Internet access, centralized PC software deployment, and a rich integrated environment for workers, partners, and clients.
- Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the OS best suited for large organizations as well as small and medium-size companies to create, deploy, and protect reliable applications, web-based commerce, and infrastructure.
- Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for mission-critical applications that require high levels of scalability and availability.
- Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is designed for serving web pages, while retaining the basic functions that provide enhanced dependability, manageability, and protection.
Windows Server 2003 offers a multitude of powerful features and improved functionality over Windows Server 2000. Highlights include:
How Progent Can Deliver MS Windows Server 2003 Help
- Active Directory performance and flexibility is faster and more robust over unreliable WAN connections because of faster synchronization and replication plus caching of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
- Improvements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System allow for powerful, flexible file sharing and storage.
- Advanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line tools for server jobs give IT managers great granular control.
- To make storage and archiving easier, Windows Server 2003 includes the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which provides point-in-time backups of networked shares. Clients can easily access previous versions of their work through the familiar Windows Explorer utility by simply right-clicking on a file or folder.
- MS Windows Server 2003 is optimized for hosting XML-based Web services thanks to integrated compatibility with Microsoft .NET and XML with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
- Significant networking enhancements in 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 malicious or poorly designed software.
- Credential Management provides a secure store of user credentials, including passwords and public key infrastructure certificates. This provides a common sign-on experience for users, even roaming users.
- EFS is the technique 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 unavailable to others. EFS is particularly advantageous for traveling clients who usually work under a greater risk of computer theft.
- Enhanced support for virtual private network (VPN) technologies, such as a remote access server that provides both dial-up and VPN connections, offering versatility and security for remote connectivity.
- 802.1x wireless support offers security and performance improvements for wireless local area networks (LANs). 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 network connections.
- Headless server provides the capability to integrate and manage a computer without a monitor, VGA display adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Support for management controllers and management ports allows servers to be managed even if a computer has died.
- Auto-configuration for multiple networks provides the mobile computer user seamless operations on both office and remote networks without having to manually reconfigure TCP/IP settings.
- Voice over IP (VoIP) improves Remote Assistance by supporting a voice session when the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
The sophistication and integration requirements of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 calls for an IT professional with hands-on expertise and wide knowledge in planning and deploying viable, end-to-end information technology solutions. The skill of Progent's Microsoft-Premier consultants, with an average of more than a decade of background in Microsoft technology, ensures you results in identifying the version and configuration of Windows Server 2003 that best aligns with your company goals. Progent can help you with designing, deploying, managing and maintaining advanced network solutions powered by Windows Server 2003.
Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows Server 2003. It is therefore prudent to think about migrating to a current release of Windows Server. If you are interested in moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent offers cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration consulting support to ensure your upgrade completes on schedule and within budget. If you are considering creating a hybrid architecture that integrates on-premises systems with public cloud services like those offered by 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 accommodate hybrid networks. See Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid integration.
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