Microsoft Windows Server 2003
The Windows Server 2003 operating system provides a reliable, enterprise-class computing environment that delivers significant improvements over its predecessor, Windows 2000. These added features build on the foundation of reliability, scalability and security offered by Windows 2000 Server, making Windows 2003 Server faster, more reliable, and more protected than earlier versions of Windows server platform.

The MS Windows Server 2003 family is available in four editions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a dependable server OS for the everyday requirements of businesses of any size, providing an effective answer for data and peripheral sharing, protected Internet connectivity, centralized desktop application deployment, and a powerful connected network among employees, associates, and clients.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the operating system best suited for large organizations and for small and medium-size businesses to develop, deploy, and secure reliable applications, web-based commerce, and network architecture.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for business-critical applications that demand high levels of scalability and availability.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is intended for hosting web sites, while maintaining the basic functions that provide enhanced dependability, manageability, and protection.
Features of Microsoft Windows Server 2003
MS Windows Server 2003 provides a wealth of productive features and enhanced functionality over Windows Server 2K. Highlights include:
  • Active Directory performance and versatility is quicker and more dependable over marginal WAN connections thanks to faster synchronization and replication plus caching of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Improvements to the Distributed File System and Encrypting File System (EFS) enable powerful, flexible file access and storage.
  • Advanced Windows Management Instrumentation providers and command-line tools for system jobs give administrators great granular control.
  • To make storage and archiving simpler, Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which offers time-specific copies of networked shares. Users can easily access previous versions of their work through the Windows Explorer by simply right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • MS Windows Server 2003 is optimized for hosting XML-based Web services thanks to integrated support of Microsoft .NET and XML with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
  • Significant networking improvements in MS Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPoE), and Internet Protocol Security over Network Address Translation.
  • Common Language Runtime protects networks from ill-intended or badly written software.
  • Credential Management provides a safe store of user credentials, such as passwords and X.509 certificates. This provides a single sign-on experience for users, including roaming ones.
  • The Encrypting File System (EFS) is the technique used to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files and folders are easy to work with as they appear exactly the same as any other file: transparent to legitimate users but unavailable to anyone else. The Encrypting File System (EFS) is especially beneficial for traveling clients who may face a higher risk of PC loss or theft.
  • Advanced support for VPN technologies, including a remote access server that supports both dial-up and virtual private network connections, offering versatility and security for remote connectivity.
  • 802.1x wireless support offers protection and performance improvements for wireless LANs. Among these are programmed key management and user authentication prior to LAN access. Prompt recovery virtually does away with packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless links.
  • Headless server allows the capability to integrate and manage a computer without a monitor, VGA adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Support for management controllers and ports allows servers to be managed even if a system has crashed.
  • Auto-configuration for a variety of networks offers the mobile computer client transparent operations on both office and home networks without being required to manually redo TCP/IP settings.
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) improves Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session when the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
How Progent Can Provide Windows Server 2003 Help
The sophistication and configuration demands of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 requires an IT expert with hands-on background and broad knowledge in designing and deploying cohesive, comprehensive business network solutions. The skill of Progent's Microsoft-Premier consultants, with an average of over a decade of background in Microsoft integration, assures you success in identifying the version and setup of Windows Server 2003 that best matches your company goals. Progent can help you with planning, integrating, managing and troubleshooting advanced IT solutions powered by Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003. It is therefore advisable to think about upgrading to a current release of Windows Server. If you are considering moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent can provide expert Windows Server 2012 R2 migration support services to make sure your upgrade completes on time and within your budget. If you are considering building a hybrid architecture that integrates local systems with cloud-based services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you assess and integrate Windows Server 2016, which is powered by major components of Azure technology and is intended to accommodate hybrid environments. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid integration.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Technology
For companies of all sizes throughout the United States, Progent's Microsoft-authorized experts offer low-cost online network help and IT consulting services for the whole array of Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers. Progent can deliver Microsoft Windows Server 2022 solution design and migration help, Windows Server 2019 migration expertise, Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud solutions, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 upgrade support, Windows 2008 Server expertise, and Windows Server 2003 upgrade help. Progent's planning, installation, update, and consulting capabilities cover system design, configuration, and management outsourcing for project management and documentation, local and remote IT help and system repair, Help Desk Services, comprehensive security expertise, full-service outsourcing, and ProSight Virtual Hosting.

Progent in addition offers a broad array of online desktop support services including Windows 11 planning and migration support, Windows 10 configuration support, Windows 8.1 consulting expertise, Microsoft Windows 7 technical support, moving to 64-bit computing, Office and Microsoft 365 collaboration support, and streamlining Business Desktop Deployment.

If your company requires immediate online help from a Microsoft certified consultant, go to Progent's Emergency Online Network Support.

Learn more about Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Servers.

To get in touch with Progent about professional help for Microsoft Windows Server networking, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

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