MS Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 platform offers a robust, enterprise-ready computing platform that brings significant improvements over the earlier Windows 2K Server. These added features build on the foundation of availability, scalability and protection offered by Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, making Windows 2003 Server faster, more reliable, and more secure than previous releases of Microsoft Windows server platform.

The Windows Server 2003 product line comprises four editions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a dependable server platform for the everyday needs of companies of all sizes, offering an efficient solution for data and printer sharing, protected Internet access, centralized PC application deployment, and a rich connected network among workers, partners, and customers.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the platform of choice for big organizations as well as small and medium-size businesses to develop, deliver, and protect reliable applications, Web services, and network architecture.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is engineered for mission-critical applications that demand excellent scalability and fault tolerance.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is optimized for serving web pages, while maintaining the basic functions that provide enhanced reliability, manageability, and protection.
Benefits of MS Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 offers a wealth of powerful features and enhanced functionality over Windows Server 2K. Improvements include:
  • Active Directory performance and versatility is quicker and more robust over marginal wide area network connections thanks to more efficient synchronization and replication as well as caching of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Improvements to the Distributed File System and Encrypting File System allow for highly functional, versatile file sharing and storage.
  • Advanced Windows Management Instrumentation providers and command-line tools for system tasks offers administrators exceptional granular control.
  • To make storage and archiving simpler, Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which offers point-in-time copies of networked shares. Clients can easily recover previous versions of their work through the familiar Windows Explorer by right-clicking on a file or folder.
  • Windows Server 2003 is ideal for supporting XML-based Web services as a result of built-in support of .NET and EXtensible Markup Language with the inclusion of the .NET Framework.
  • Important networking enhancements in 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 protects networks from ill-intended or poorly designed code.
  • Credential Management provides a secure store of user credentials, such as passwords and X.509 certificates. This provides a common sign-on protocol for users, including roaming users.
  • EFS is the technology utilized to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files and folders are simple to work with as they appear exactly like any other file or folder: transparent to authorized users but inaccessible to anyone else. The Encrypting File System (EFS) is especially advantageous for traveling clients who usually work under a greater danger of computer loss or theft.
  • Enhanced compatibility with VPN technologies, including a remote access server that provides both dial-up and VPN links, providing versatility and protection for remote connectivity.
  • 802.1x wireless network support provides security and performance improvements for wireless local area networks. Among these are automatic key management and user authentication in advance of LAN access. Prompt recovery virtually eliminates packet corruption and interruption over high-latency wireless links.
  • Headless server provides the ability to integrate and manage a computer without a monitor, VGA display adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Support for management controllers and management ports allows servers to be controlled even when a computer has crashed.
  • Auto-configuration for multiple networks offers the mobile PC user transparent operations on both office and remote environments without being required to manually redo TCP/IP settings.
  • VoIP enhances Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is established.
How Progent Can Provide Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Expertise
The sophistication and configuration demands of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 calls for an IT expert with real-world background and wide knowledge in designing and building viable, comprehensive information technology solutions. The experience of Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, with an average of more than 10 years of consulting in Microsoft technology, ensures you results in identifying the version and configuration of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that best matches your business requirements. Progent can assist you with planning, integrating, supporting and maintaining advanced IT solutions based on Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows Server 2003. It is therefore prudent 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 offers cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 migration support services to make sure your project finishes on schedule and within budget. If you are planning on creating a hybrid network model that combines local resources with public cloud services like those offered by Microsoft Azure, Progent can assist you evaluate and integrate Windows Server 2016, which incorporates major components of Microsoft Azure technology and is designed to support hybrid networks. Refer to Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration.

To get in touch with Progent about consulting expertise for Microsoft Windows Server networking, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

Progent's Consulting and Support Services for Microsoft Server Technology
For small and mid-sized businesses throughout the U.S., Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can provide computer assistance and professional consulting support for the whole array of Microsoft .NET servers, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 2008 R2 Server, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Progent's planning, installation, optimization, and support services cover system design, configuration, and management outsourcing for project management and documentation, local and off-site technical help and system diagnosis, Help Desk Outsourcing Support, certified security expertise, full-service outsourcing, and ProSight Virtual Hosting services.

If your organization needs immediate online help from a Microsoft certified consultant, refer to Progent's Emergency Online Computer Support.

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