Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system provides a robust, enterprise-ready computing environment that delivers important improvements over the earlier Microsoft Windows 2K Server. These added features strengthen the core of reliability, extensibility and security introduced in Windows 2000, making Microsoft Windows 2003 more efficient, more reliable, and more protected than previous releases of Windows server operating system.

The Windows Server 2003 family is available in four editions:

  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, is a dependable server platform for the everyday needs of businesses of all sizes, offering an efficient answer for data and printer sharing, protected Internet access, centralized desktop application management, and a powerful integrated environment among employees, partners, and customers.
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, is the operating system best suited for large organizations and for small and mid-size businesses to create, deploy, and protect reliable applications, web-based services, and infrastructure.
  • Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, is engineered for business-critical applications that require excellent scalability and fault tolerance.
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, is intended for serving web sites, while retaining the core functions that provide advanced dependability, manageability, and protection.
Features of Windows Server 2003
MS Windows Server 2003 offers a wealth of productive capabilities and enhanced functionality over Windows Server 2000. Improvements include:
  • Active Directory performance and versatility is quicker and more dependable over unreliable WAN links thanks to faster synchronization and replication as well as caching of credentials in remote office domain controllers.
  • Improvements to the Distributed File System and Encrypting File System enable powerful, versatile file sharing and storage.
  • Enhanced Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers and command-line utilities for server jobs offers administrators great fine-grain control.
  • To make storage and archiving easier, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 includes the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which provides time-specific copies of networked shares. Users can easily recover older versions of their work through the Windows Explorer utility by simply right-clicking on a name or icon.
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is ideal for supporting XML-based Web services as a result of integrated support of Microsoft .NET and XML with the incorporation of the .NET Framework.
  • Significant networking enhancements in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 include Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPoE), and Internet Protocol Security over Network Address Translation.
  • Common Language Runtime (CLR) protects networks from ill-intended or poorly written software.
  • Credential Management provides a safe depository of user credentials, including passwords and public key infrastructure certificates. This provides a common sign-on protocol for users, even roaming users.
  • EFS is the technique utilized to hold encrypted files on NTFS volumes. Encrypted files are easy to work with as they look just the same as any other file: transparent to legitimate users but unavailable to anyone else. The Encrypting File System is especially advantageous for mobile users who may face a higher risk of computer theft.
  • Advanced support for virtual private network (VPN) environments, including a remote access server that supports both dial-up and VPN connections, providing flexibility and protection for remote connectivity.
  • 802.1x wireless support provides protection and speed enhancements for wireless local area networks. Among these are automatic key management and user authentication prior to LAN access. Fast recovery practically does away with packet corruption and interruption over high-latency wireless network connections.
  • Headless server provides the ability to install and administer 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 a variety of networks provides the mobile PC user transparent operations on both office and remote networks without being required to manually reconfigure TCP/IP settings.
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) enhances Remote Assistance by enabling a voice session at the time the Remote Help Connection is initiated.
How Progent Can Provide Windows Server 2003 Help
The complexity and configuration demands of Windows Server 2003 calls for a network professional with real-world background and wide knowledge in planning and deploying viable, end-to-end information network solutions. The experience of Progent's Microsoft-qualified consulting team, with an average of over 10 years of background in Microsoft integration, assures you results in identifying the version and setup of MS Windows Server 2003 that best aligns with your business goals. Progent can help you with designing, integrating, managing and troubleshooting sophisticated network solutions powered by Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has terminated support for Windows Server 2003. This makes it prudent to think about migrating to a current version of Windows Server. If you are interested in moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2, Progent offers expert Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and configuration support services to make sure your upgrade finishes on schedule and within your budget. If you are considering creating a hybrid network model that integrates on-premises systems 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 elements of Azure technology and is designed to support hybrid environments. See Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Technology
For businesses of all sizes in the San Francisco region or anywhere in the U.S., Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can provide affordable online network assistance and IT consulting support for the entire family of Microsoft .NET servers. Progent can provide Windows Server 2019 upgrade consulting, Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration, Windows Server 2012 R2 planning and deployment assistance, Windows Server 2008 expertise, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 technical support. Progent's migration, installation, update, and consulting capabilities cover system design, configuration, and management outsourcing for project analysis and documentation, local and off-site technical help and system repair, Help Desk Services, certified security consulting, IT outsourcing, Microsoft Exchange hosting and management, and ProSight Virtual Hosting.

Progent in addition can deliver a wide array of remote PC desktop support including Windows 10 migration assistance, Microsoft Windows 8.1 consulting expertise, Windows 7 support, upgrading to 64-bit computing, Office and Office 365 integration, and streamlining desktop configuration.

If your company requires urgent online support from a certified consultant, go to Progent's Urgent Remote Network Support.

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

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