Microsoft Windows Server 2003
The Windows Server 2003 operating system offers a reliable, enterprise-class computing platform that delivers significant enhancements over its predecessor, Microsoft Windows 2K Server. These powerful features build on the foundation of availability, extensibility and security offered by Microsoft Windows 2K Server, making Windows 2003 faster, more reliable, and more secure than previous releases of Microsoft Windows server platform.

The MS Windows Server 2003 family comprises four editions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a dependable server OS for the common requirements of businesses of all sizes, providing an efficient answer for data and printer sharing, secure Internet connectivity, centralized PC application management, and a powerful integrated environment among workers, partners, and customers.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the operating system best suited for large organizations as well as small and mid-size businesses to create, deploy, and secure robust applications, web-based services, and network architecture.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is best suited for mission-critical applications that require excellent scalability and fault tolerance.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is designed for serving web sites, while retaining the basic functions that support enhanced reliability, manageability, and protection.
Benefits of Microsoft Windows Server 2003
MS Windows Server 2003 offers a multitude of productive features and improved functionality over Windows Server 2000. Improvements include:
  • Active Directory performance and flexibility is quicker and more robust over marginal WAN connections because of faster synchronization and replication as well as storing of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Improvements to the Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System (EFS) allow for highly functional, versatile file sharing and storage.
  • Enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line tools for system tasks give IT managers great fine-grain control.
  • To make storage and archiving simpler, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 incorporates the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which provides point-in-time backups of networked shares. Clients can easily recover older versions of their files through the Windows Explorer by simply right-clicking on a file or folder.
  • Windows Server 2003 is optimized for supporting XML-based Web services thanks to built-in support of .NET and XML 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.
  • Common Language Runtime protects systems from malicious or poorly written code.
  • Credential Management provides a safe store of user credentials, such as passwords and X.509 certificates. This allows a common sign-on experience for users, even roaming ones.
  • EFS is the technology used to store encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files are easy to use as they look exactly like any other file or folder: transparent to authorized users but unavailable to others. The Encrypting File System is particularly beneficial for mobile users who may work under a higher risk of computer theft.
  • Advanced compatibility with virtual private network environments, such as a remote access server that provides both dial-up and VPN connections, offering flexibility and security for remote access.
  • 802.1x wireless support offers protection and performance improvements for wireless LANs. These include programmed key management and user authentication and authorization prior to LAN access. Prompt recovery virtually eliminates packet corruption and interruption over slow wireless network connections.
  • Headless server provides the capability to integrate and administer a computer without a monitor, VGA display adaptor, keyboard, or mouse. Compatibility with management controllers and ports enables servers to be managed even when a computer has crashed.
  • Auto-configuration for multiple networks provides the mobile computer client seamless functionality on both office and remote environments without being required to manually reconfigure TCP/IP configurations.
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) enhances Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session when the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
How Progent Can Provide MS Windows Server 2003 Expertise
The complexity and configuration requirements of Windows Server 2003 calls for a network professional with real-world background and broad knowledge in planning and deploying viable, comprehensive information technology solutions. The experience of Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting team, with an average of over a decade of background in Microsoft integration, assures you results in identifying the version and setup of Windows Server 2003 that best matches your company requirements. Progent can help you with designing, integrating, managing and maintaining sophisticated network solutions based on Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has ended support for Windows Server 2003. It is therefore advisable to think about migrating to an up-to-date release of Windows Server. If your organization is interested in transitioning to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent can provide cost-effective Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration consulting services to ensure your upgrade completes on schedule and within your budget. If you are planning on creating a hybrid network model that integrates on-premises systems with public cloud services like those available on Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you assess and deploy Windows Server 2016, which is powered by major components of Azure technology and is intended to accommodate hybrid environments. See Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Technology
For organizations of all sizes in the Northern California Bay Area or elsewhere in the U.S., Progent's Microsoft-authorized experts can provide affordable online computer help and IT consulting support for the whole array of Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers. Progent can deliver Windows Server 2019 upgrade consulting, Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud solutions, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 planning support, Windows Server 2008 R2 consulting, and Windows 2003 Server technical support. Progent's planning, installation, optimization, and support capabilities include system architecture, deployment, and administration outsourcing for project analysis and documentation, local and remote technical support and system diagnosis, Help Desk Services, comprehensive security expertise, full-service outsourcing, Microsoft Exchange hosting, and ProSight Virtual Hosting service.

Progent in addition can deliver a full array of remote desktop support services such as Windows 10 planning and migration consulting, Microsoft Windows 8.1 consulting expertise, Windows 7 technical support, moving to 64-bit computing, Office and Office 365 collaboration support, and streamlining workstation deployment.

In case your business needs immediate remote help from a certified network expert, refer to Progent's Urgent Online Technical Help.

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

To contact Progent concerning professional help for Microsoft Windows Server integration, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

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