Introducing Exchange Server 2003
MS Exchange Server 2003 provides a dependable, scalable, and manageable platform offering round-the-clock messaging and collaboration as well as quick return on investment. Exchange Server 2003 supports a wide array of collaborative activities, including group scheduling capabilities, discussion areas, and group folders, and also gives access to data that crosses territorial, organizational, and technology barriers with productivity enhancers such as Instant Messaging (IM), real-time data, and video conferencing. Exchange 2003 Server incorporated improvements over Microsoft Exchange 2K Server in key technologies that cover protection, performance, and remote access.
Microsoft has ended support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, making IT management face all the problems associated with maintaining an end-of-life email system. Nevertheless, many Exchange users are currently running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Progent's Microsoft-authorized IT consultants have extensive backgrounds maintaining Exchange 2003 and can help you to administer and repair your existing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 solution or assist you to design and execute an economical upgrade to a current edition of Microsoft Exchange. (Refer to Progent's Exchange 2016 migration support and Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 consulting.)
Advantages of MS Exchange 2003 Over MS Exchange 2K Server
MS Exchange Server 2003 features enhancements in functionality over Microsoft Exchange 2K Server in crucial capabilities including recovery, throughput, security, mobile access, collaboration, and manageability.
- MS Exchange 2003 Server offers enhanced recovery by including support for eight-node clustering, faster cluster failover, support for mount points which eliminate the 24-drive letter limit, SAN compatibility, Volume Shadow Copy Service for backup infrastructure, a Mailbox Recovery Center utility, and a Restore Storage group.
- Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server enhances responsiveness through innovations such as /3GB and /USERVA startup switches for adjusting the allocation of memory and memory address space, public folder replication enhancements, distribution list performance improvements, and control of Out of Office notices.
- Security enhancements introduced by Exchange Server 2003 include Internet Protocol security support for front- and back-end clusters, signed Lightweight Directory Access Protocol requests to Microsoft Active Directory, front-end and back-end Kerberos validation, Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 protection, restriction of distribution lists to authenticated users, up-to-date Safe and Block data, download filtering, attachment restrictions in Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access (OWA), and public folders permissions enhancements.
- Exchange Server 2003 includes better accommodation of remote and mobile users by including an Outlook Web Access user interface and a broader feature set for Web Outlook, Outlook 2003 performance enhancements via MAPI compression, HTTP access from Microsoft Outlook, xHTML and HTML mobile phone browser support, and syncing of notifications for handheld PCs.
- Management and service are improved by organizing queues on a per-server basis, enhancing the user interface, exposing all system queues, controlling cookie permission, using Exchange System Manager to move queue data, including a multi-user Move Mailbox feature, and providing dynamic distribution lists, public folder Search capabilities, and public folder affinity to control referrals.
Advantages of MS Exchange Server 2003 Vs. MS Exchange Server 5.5
Exchange 2003 Server offered significant enhancements in capability over Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 in key areas affecting accessibility, manageability, protection, stability, scalability, and performance.
- Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server offers a dramatic improvement in functionality over the Exchange 5.5 web client. MS Exchange Server 2003 offers a nearly identical implementation of the traditional Outlook interface including calendaring and tools. Because of this, remote and mobile workers get the advantage of complete, secure access to email even if they don't have a laptop. All they require is an Internet-attached PC with a conventional browser.
- Unlike Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5, which incorporates a built-in directory, Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server takes advantage of Active Directory, representing a more simplified management and security model. This makes MS Exchange 2003 Server less expensive to administer and maintain and also allows tighter protection.
- MS Exchange 2003 Server has a powerful foundation for transparently integrating third-party utilities such as virus and spam scanning tools. Exchange Server 2003's strong Application Programming Interface (API) does away with the instability often found with Microsoft Exchange 5.5 when adding third-party utilities.
- Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server delivers greatly improved scalability and performance over MS Exchange 5.5. Enhancements allow more and larger mailboxes and speedier offsite connectivity.
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 also provides improved search capability, making it simpler and faster to retrieve vital data when you need it.
Benefits Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server Compared to an ISP-provided or POP3 Email System
If your business is currently using an email system hosted by an ISP or if you are running your Microsoft Outlook users in POP3 mode, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 offers an array of enhanced features in the areas of manageability, responsiveness, capacity, availability, and collaboration:
- Unlike the store-and-forward model utilized by POP3 email systems, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 is based on a central-store architecture that frees users from dependence on a specific personal computer or laptop, reduces susceptibility to hardware breakdown or viruses, and permits both on-line and off-line email, programmed backup, and advanced groupware.
- MS Exchange Server 2003 has an array of groupware features that permit teams to increase productivity by sharing scheduling, address books, correspondence, and data.
- The versatility of MS Exchange Server 2003 makes it possible to install non-Microsoft security enhancements or support wireless computers such as the BlackBerry smartphone.
- Exchange 2003 Server works with powerful administration and tracking tools to verify that your messaging environment is running efficiently.
- Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server permits full on-line archiving without disrupting productivity, supporting 24x7 availability by eliminating routine downtime.
How Progent Can Assist You to Migrate Your POP3 E-Mail Users to Exchange 2003
Progent's experience and tested best practices can help you to implement a quick, non-disruptive move of your POP3 clients to Exchange Server 2003. Progent attends to critical details that include managing domain names so that both on-site and off-site workers make a hassle-free upgrade from the restrictions of POP3 messaging. Progent can assist you with setting up a local Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 solution or help you to locate and administer your Exchange Server 2003 in an off-site datacenter. Progent's business continuity experts can assist your organization to create and implement a complete disaster recovery strategy that includes Microsoft Data Protection Manager consulting for ongoing remote backup and fast data restoration.
How Progent Can Help You to Upgrade to MS Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016 from Exchange 2003
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist you to migrate to Exchange 2013 Server or move to MS Exchange Server 2016 from Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server at minimal expense or disruption of business. Progent can help your organization to improve Microsoft Exchange security, speed, reliability, and fault tolerance and simplify administration. Progent's certified system security specialists can evaluate and improve your security strategy and Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can upgrade your network infrastructure to increase network performance and reduce support expense.
Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises Exchange
Microsoft allows you to create seamless hybrid ecosystems that combine Office 365 and local Exchange deployments. This permits you to have certain Exchange mailboxes hosted on your corporate datacenter and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consultants can assist you with any phase of planning, integrating and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365 solution. Progent's Exchange consultants can deliver as-needed support to help you through stubborn technical issues and also offer comprehensive project management outsourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange initiative is successfully completed on time and on budget. To find out more about Progent's online consulting services for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, go to Office 365 integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
Hosting for Exchange
Progent also offers Microsoft Exchange Hosting and Management Services based on a world-class facility for MS Exchange and offering high-speed Internet connectivity, firewall protection, patch and service pack control, Helpdesk support, spam and virus protection, routine data backup, 24x7 analysis of security and responsiveness, and full email management services. While you are migrating from an older version of Exchange is a great time to consider moving to a remote managed data center for Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 or MS Exchange 2013 Server in order to economize on expenses associated with capital equipment, reliable infrastructure, and messaging system administration.
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about technical assistance for MS Exchange Server integration or to learn more about Progent's Microsoft Exchange hosting services, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.
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