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Windows Server 2008 is the latest release of the Windows Server operating system. Over the years, it has evolved quite dramatically from the early days of Windows NT Server or even Windows 2000 Server. With the release of Windows 2008, Microsoft again has introduced a number of new technologies intended to help IT professionals improve their ability to provide network services to the clients they serve.
I've had the opportunity to write a book on every version of Windows Server over the past dozen years, and when my coauthors and I set out to write this book, we wanted to once again provide you, the reader, with a lot of really valuable information. Not just marketing fluff that talks about features and functions, but to really dig down into the product and share with you best practices on planning, preparing, implementing, migrating, and supporting a Windows 2008 environment.
Even though Windows 2008 released in early 2008, we've been fortunate enough to work with Windows Server Codename "Longhorn" since as early as 2005, so we've had almost three full years on an early adopter program. The thing about being involved with a product so early on is that our first experiences with Longhorn Server were without any documentation, Help files that provided guidance, or any shared experiences from others. We had to learn Longhorn Server from experience, usually the hard way, but that has given us a distinct advantage of knowing the product forward and backward better than anyone could ever imagine. And we started to implement Longhorn Server in production environments for a select group of our enterprise customers over a yearbefore the product releasewhere organizations were depending on Longhorn Server to run key areas of their business.
So, the pages of this book are filled with years of experience with Windows 2008, live production environment best practices, and fully updated RTM code specifics that will hopefully help you design, plan, prototype, implement, migrate, administer, and support your Windows 2008 environment!
This book is organized into 11 parts, each part focusing on core Windows Server 2008 areas, with several chapters making up each part. The parts of the book are as follows:
Part I: Windows Server 2008 OverviewThis part provides an introduction to Windows 2008 not only to give a general technology overview, but also to note what is truly new in Windows 2008 that made it compelling enough for organizations to implement the technology in beta in production environments. We also cover basic planning, prototype testing, and migration techniques, as well as provide a full chapter on the installation of Windows 2008 as well as the new Server Core.
Part II: Windows Server 2008 Active DirectoryThis part covers Active Directory planning and design. If you have already designed and implemented your Active Directory, you will likely not need to read through this section of the book in detail. However, you might want to look through the best practices at the end of each chapter because we highlight some of the tips and tricks new to Windows 2008 that are different from Windows 2000/2003. You might find that limitations or restrictions you faced when designing and implementing Windows 2000/2003 and Active Directory have now been revised. Topics such as federated forests, lightweight directory services, and identity lifecycle management capabilities might be of interest.
Part III: Networking ServicesThis part covers DNS, DHCP, domain controllers, IPv6, and IIS from the perspective of planning, integrating, migrating, and coexisting. Again, just like in Part II, you might find the Notes, Tips, and best practices to have valuable information on features that are new in Windows 2008; they might have you reading these chapters in-depth to understand what's new and different that you can leverage after a migration to Windows 2008.
Part IV: SecuritySecurity is on everyone's mind these days, so it was a major enhancement to Windows 2008. We actually dedicated three chapters of the book to security, breaking the information into server-level security such as Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificate services; transport-level security such as IPSec and NAT traversal; and security policies, network access protection (NAP), and network policy server (NPS) that are new to Windows 2008.
Part V: Migrating to Windows Server 2008This part is dedicated to the migrations from Windows 2000/2003 to Windows 2008. We provide a chapter specifically on tips, tricks, best practices, and lessons learned on the planning and migration process to Windows 2008. We also have a chapter on application-compatibility testing of applications currently running on earlier versions of Windows Server and how to test and migrate applications to a Windows 2008 platform.
Part VI: Windows Server 2008 Administration and ManagementAfter you get Windows 2008 in place, you end up spending the rest of your time managing and administering the new operating system platform, so we've dedicated six chapters to administration and management. This section covers the administration and management of users, sites, organizational units, domains, and forests typical of a Windows 2008 environment. Although you can continue to perform tasks the way you did in Windows 2000/2003, because of significant changes in replication, background transaction processing, secured communications, Group Policy management, and Windows PowerShell management tools, there are better ways to work with Windows 2008. These chapters drill down into specialty areas helpful to administrators of varying levels of responsibility. This part of the book also has a chapter on managing Windows 2008 using System Center Operations Manager 2007.
Part VII: Remote and Mobile TechnologiesMobility is a key improvement in Windows 2008, so this part focuses on enhancements made to Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) in addition to significant improvements in Terminal Services. Instead of just providing a remote node connection, Windows 2008 provides true end-to-end secured anytime/anywhere access functionality. The chapters in this part highlight best practices on implementing and leveraging these technologies.
Part VIII: Desktop AdministrationAnother major enhancement in Windows 2008 is the variety of new tools provided to support better desktop administration, so this part is focused on desktop administration. The chapters in this part go in depth on client-specific group policies, the Group Policy Management Console, Windows Deployment Services (WDS), and desktop administration tools in Windows 2008.
Part IX: Fault Tolerance TechnologiesAs networks have become the backbone for information and communications, Windows 2008 needed to be reliable and more manageable and, sure enough, Microsoft included several new enhancements in fault-tolerant technologies. The four chapters in this part address file system management and file-level fault tolerance in Distributed File System (DFS), clustering, Network Load Balancing, and backup and restore procedures. When these new technologies are implemented in a networking environment, an organization can truly achieve enterprise-level reliability and recoverability.
Part X: Optimizing, Tuning, Debugging, and Problem SolvingThis part of the book covers performance optimization, capacity analysis, logging, and debugging to help optimize and solve problems in a Windows 2008 networking environment.
Part XI: Integrated Windows Application ServicesThe last part of this book covers core application services integrated in Windows 2008, including Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Windows Media Services, and Hyper-V server virtualization.
It is our hope that the real-world experience we have had in working with Windows Server 2008 and our commitment to relaying information that will be valuable in your planning, implementation, and migration to a Windows 2008 environment will help you get up to speed on the latest in the Windows Server operating system software!
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