Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system offers a reliable, enterprise-class computing platform that brings significant enhancements over the earlier Microsoft Windows 2000. These powerful features build on the core of reliability, scalability and security offered by Microsoft Windows 2000, making Windows Server 2003 more efficient, more dependable, and more secure than previous releases of Windows server operating system.

The Windows Server 2003 product line comprises four versions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server OS for the common needs of businesses of any size, offering an efficient answer for data and printer sharing, secure Internet access, centralized desktop application deployment, and a rich integrated environment for workers, associates, and clients.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform best suited for big organizations as well as small and medium-size businesses to create, deliver, and protect reliable applications, Web services, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for business-critical applications that demand excellent scalability and fault tolerance.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is designed for serving web sites, while retaining the core features that provide advanced dependability, manageability, and protection.
Benefits of Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 offers a multitude of productive features and improved functionality over Windows Server 2K. Improvements include:
  • Active Directory performance and versatility is faster and more robust over marginal WAN connections thanks to faster synchronization and replication plus storing of credentials in branch office domain controllers.
  • Enhancements to the Distributed File System and Encrypting File System (EFS) allow for highly functional, versatile file access and storage.
  • Advanced Windows Management Instrumentation providers and command-line tools for system jobs give administrators exceptional fine-grain control.
  • To make storage and backup simpler, Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which offers time-specific copies of networked shares. Clients can easily recover previous versions of their work through the Windows Explorer by simply right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • Windows Server 2003 is optimized for hosting XML-based Web services as a result of integrated compatibility with .NET and XML with the inclusion of the .NET Framework.
  • Important networking improvements in 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 protects networks from ill-intended or poorly designed software.
  • Credential Management provides a safe depository of user credentials, including passwords and public key infrastructure certificates. This allows a common sign-on protocol for users, including roaming ones.
  • The Encrypting File System is the technology used to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files and folders are easy to use because they look just the same as any other file or folder: transparent to authorized users but unavailable to others. EFS is especially advantageous for traveling users who may face a greater danger of computer loss or theft.
  • Advanced compatibility with VPN technologies, such as a remote access server that provides both dial-up and virtual private network connections, offering flexibility and protection for remote access.
  • 802.1x wireless support provides protection and performance enhancements for wireless LANs. Among these are programmed key management and user authentication and authorization in advance of network access. Fast recovery practically does away with packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless links.
  • Headless server allows the capability to integrate and administer a computer without a monitor, display adapter, keyboard, or mouse. Compatibility with management controllers and ports allows servers to be controlled even when a computer has crashed.
  • Auto-configuration for a variety of networks offers the mobile PC user seamless functionality on both office and home networks without having to manually reconfigure TCP/IP configurations.
  • VoIP improves Remote Assistance by supporting a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is established.
How Progent Can Deliver Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Assistance
The sophistication and configuration requirements of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 requires an IT consultant with real-world background and wide knowledge in planning and deploying cohesive, comprehensive business network solutions. The experience of Progent's Microsoft-Premier consultants, with an average of over a decade of background in Microsoft integration, ensures you results in identifying the version and setup of MS Windows Server 2003 that best aligns with your company requirements. Progent can help you with planning, integrating, managing and troubleshooting sophisticated IT solutions based on Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it prudent to consider upgrading to a current release of Windows Server. If you are considering moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent offers cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 migration support services to make sure your project finishes on time and within your budget. If you are considering creating a hybrid architecture that integrates on-premises systems with public cloud services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you evaluate and deploy Windows Server 2016, which is powered by important components of Azure technology and is intended to support hybrid networks. See Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid solutions.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Technology
For companies of all sizes anywhere in the United States, Progent's Microsoft-authorized consultants can provide affordable online computer assistance and professional consulting support for the entire family of Microsoft .NET servers. Progent can provide Windows Server 2019 upgrade consulting, Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and deployment support, Windows Server 2008 expertise, and Windows Server 2003 maintenance. Progent's planning, installation, update, and support services include system design, configuration, and management help for project analysis and documentation, on-site and off-site IT help and network troubleshooting, Help Desk Support, certified security consulting, full-service outsourcing, Microsoft Exchange Server hosting and management, and ProSight Virtual Hosting.

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