MS Windows Server 2003
The Windows Server 2003 operating system offers a reliable, enterprise-ready networking platform that brings important improvements over its predecessor, Microsoft Windows 2K Server. These powerful features build on the foundation of reliability, scalability and protection introduced in Microsoft Windows 2000, making Microsoft Windows 2003 faster, more reliable, and more protected than previous versions of Microsoft Windows server operating system.

The Windows Server 2003 product line comprises four editions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a reliable server operating system for the everyday requirements of companies of all sizes, offering an efficient solution for data and printer sharing, secure Internet access, centralized desktop application management, and a rich integrated environment for workers, associates, and customers.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform of choice for large enterprises and for small and medium-size companies to create, deliver, and secure robust applications, web-based services, and network architecture.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is engineered for mission-critical applications that require excellent expandability and fault tolerance.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is designed for serving web pages, while retaining the basic functions that provide enhanced dependability, manageability, and protection.
Features of Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 offers a multitude of productive capabilities and improved functionality over Windows Server 2000. Highlights include:
  • Active Directory performance and flexibility is quicker and more robust over unreliable WAN links thanks to faster synchronization and replication as well as caching of credentials in remote 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 (WMI) providers and command-line utilities for server tasks offers administrators great granular control.
  • To make file storage and archiving simpler, Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which offers time-specific backups of networked shares. Users can easily recover older versions of their files through the Windows Explorer by simply right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is optimized for supporting XML-based Web services thanks to native support of Microsoft .NET and XML with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
  • Important networking improvements in Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6, Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPoE), and Internet Protocol Security over Network Address Translation (NAT).
  • Common Language Runtime (CLR) protects networks from ill-intended or poorly designed software.
  • Credential Management provides a secure depository of user credentials, including passwords and public key infrastructure certificates. This allows a common sign-on experience for users, including roaming ones.
  • The Encrypting File System is the technique used to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files are simple to use as they appear exactly like any other file or folder: transparent to authorized users but unavailable to anyone else. The Encrypting File System (EFS) is particularly beneficial for traveling clients who usually face a greater danger of computer theft.
  • Enhanced support for virtual private network (VPN) environments, including a remote access server that provides both dial-up and VPN connections, providing versatility and security for remote access.
  • 802.1x wireless network support provides protection and speed enhancements for wireless local area networks (LANs). Among these are programmed key management and user authentication prior to LAN access. Prompt recovery practically eliminates packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless network connections.
  • Headless server allows the ability to install and manage a computer without a monitor, VGA display adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Compatibility with management controllers and ports allows servers to be controlled even when a computer has died.
  • Auto-configuration for multiple networks offers the mobile PC client transparent operations on both office and home environments without having to manually redo TCP/IP configurations.
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) improves Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is established.
How Progent Can Deliver Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Help
The sophistication and integration requirements of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 calls for an IT professional with hands-on expertise and broad knowledge in designing and building cohesive, end-to-end business network solutions. The skill of Progent's Microsoft-Premier consultants, with an average of more than 10 years of consulting in Microsoft technology, assures you results in selecting the edition and setup of Windows Server 2003 that best aligns with your business goals. Progent can help you with planning, integrating, supporting and maintaining advanced network solutions based on MS Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it advisable to think about migrating to an up-to-date release of Windows Server. If your organization is interested in moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent can provide expert Windows Server 2012 R2 migration consulting services to ensure your upgrade finishes on time and within budget. If you are planning on building a hybrid architecture that combines local resources with cloud-based services like those offered by Microsoft Azure, Progent can assist you assess and integrate Windows Server 2016, which is powered by important components of Azure technology and is designed to support hybrid networks. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid solutions.

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