Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system provides a reliable, enterprise-class computing environment that delivers important enhancements over the earlier Windows 2K Server. These added features strengthen the core of availability, scalability and security offered by Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, making Windows 2003 Server faster, more reliable, and more secure than earlier releases of Microsoft Windows server platform.

The MS Windows Server 2003 family comprises four versions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server OS for the typical needs of companies of any size, providing an effective answer for data and printer sharing, protected Internet connectivity, centralized PC software deployment, and a powerful integrated environment among workers, partners, and clients.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform best suited for big organizations as well as small and medium-size companies to create, deliver, and protect reliable applications, web-based commerce, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for mission-critical applications that require excellent expandability and availability.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is intended for hosting web sites, while retaining the basic features that support advanced dependability, manageability, and protection.
Benefits of Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 provides a wealth of powerful capabilities and improved functionality over Windows Server 2K. Highlights include:
  • Active Directory performance and versatility is faster and more robust over marginal WAN connections thanks to faster 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 enable highly functional, flexible file sharing and storage.
  • Enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line utilities for server jobs give administrators great granular 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 access previous versions of their files through the Windows Explorer utility by right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • MS Windows Server 2003 is optimized for hosting XML-based Web services as a result of built-in compatibility with Microsoft .NET and XML with the inclusion of the .NET Framework.
  • Important networking enhancements in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet, and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) over Network Address Translation (NAT).
  • Common Language Runtime safeguards systems from ill-intended or badly written software.
  • Credential Management provides a safe depository of client credentials, such as passwords and public key infrastructure (X.509) certificates. This provides a single sign-on experience for users, even roaming ones.
  • The Encrypting File System (EFS) is the technology utilized to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files and folders are simple to work with because they appear 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 face a greater danger of PC theft.
  • Advanced compatibility with virtual private network (VPN) environments, including a remote access server that provides both dial-up and VPN links, providing versatility and protection for remote access.
  • 802.1x wireless network support provides security and performance improvements for wireless local area networks. Among these are automatic key management and user authentication prior to LAN access. Prompt recovery virtually eliminates packet corruption and interruption over high-latency wireless links.
  • Headless server provides the capability to install and administer a computer without a monitor, display adapter, keyboard, or mouse. Support for management controllers and ports allows servers to be controlled even if a system has died.
  • Auto-configuration for multiple networks offers the mobile computer user seamless operations on both office and home environments without being required to manually redo TCP/IP settings.
  • Voice over IP enhances Remote Assistance by supporting a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
How Progent Can Provide MS Windows Server 2003 Assistance
The complexity and configuration requirements of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 requires a network expert with hands-on background and wide knowledge in designing and deploying viable, comprehensive information network solutions. The experience of Progent's Microsoft-Premier consulting team, with an average of more than a decade of background in Microsoft technology, ensures you results in selecting the version and setup of Windows Server 2003 that best aligns with your business goals. Progent can help you with designing, deploying, managing and troubleshooting sophisticated network solutions powered by MS Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003. It is therefore prudent to think about upgrading to a current version of Windows Server. If you are interested in moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent can provide cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 migration consulting services to make sure your upgrade finishes on time and within budget. If you are considering building a hybrid network model that combines local resources with cloud-based services like those offered by Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you assess and deploy Windows Server 2016, which incorporates important elements of Microsoft Azure technology and is intended to support hybrid networks. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Technology
For organizations of all sizes anywhere in the United States, Progent's Microsoft-authorized experts offer affordable remote network help and IT consulting support for the entire array of Microsoft .NET servers. Progent can provide Windows Server 2019 upgrade consulting, Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration, Windows Server 2012 R2 deployment support, Windows Server 2008 expertise, and Windows Server 2003 technical support. Progent's migration, installation, optimization, and consulting capabilities cover network design, configuration, and management outsourcing for project management and documentation, on-site and off-site IT help and system diagnosis, Help Desk Outsourcing Support, comprehensive security expertise, turn-key outsourcing, Microsoft Exchange Server hosting, and ProSight Virtual Hosting service.

Progent in addition can deliver a full range of online desktop services including Windows 10 planning and migration assistance, Windows 8.1 expertise, Windows 7 support, moving to 64-bit computing, Office and Office 365 collaboration support, and automating desktop configuration.

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