Learning Windows Server 2003

Learning Windows Server 2003

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by Jonathan Hassell
     
 

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Getting Microsoft Windows Server 2003 up and running, either as a standalone or as part of a multi-site, multi-server network is a formidable task for anyone. O'Reilly's no-nonsense guide, Learning Windows Server 2003, 2nd Edition, gives you just what you need to get the job done. It provides you with the nuts and bolts for installing, configuring, securing,

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Getting Microsoft Windows Server 2003 up and running, either as a standalone or as part of a multi-site, multi-server network is a formidable task for anyone. O'Reilly's no-nonsense guide, Learning Windows Server 2003, 2nd Edition, gives you just what you need to get the job done. It provides you with the nuts and bolts for installing, configuring, securing, and managing Windows Server 2003-plus, it has been completely updated for Service Pack 1 and release R2.

Learning Windows Server 2003, 2nd Edition includes just enough theory for you to understand how the different features and systems work in this latest version of Windows. You'll come away with a firm understanding of what's happening under the hood of the system, but without feeling like you're taking a graduate course in OS theory. After its high-level overview, the book offers complete discussions and treatments of all of Server 2003's major components. You'll learn how to:

  • install Windows Server 2003
  • create and manage user accounts (with particular attention to Active Directory)
  • manage access to system resources, such as printers and files
  • configure and manage its numerous major subsystems

The book also features step-by-step procedures and discussions of complex concepts such as patch management, Active Directory replication, DFS namespaces and replication, network access quarantining, server clustering, Group Policy and other security tools, and IIS6 web server.

Whether you're an experienced system administrator or one who's just beginning, you'll turn to this practical guide again and again when you need to understand the massive product that is Windows Server 2003.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596101237
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/03/2006
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
744
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Hassell is an author, consultant, and speaker residing in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jonathan's previous published works include RADIUS for O'Reilly Media and Hardening Windows for Apress. His work is seen regularly in popular periodicals such as Windows IT Pro Magazine, SecurityFocus, PC Pro, and Microsoft TechNet Magazine, and he speaks around the world on topics including networking, security, and Windows administration.

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Learning Windows Server 2003 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Are you a beginner to intermediate system administrator? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Jonathan Hassell, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that shows you how Windows Server 2003 and its follow-up release, R2, works and the different ways to administer machines running that operating system. Hassell, begins by providing a very general overview of Windows Server 2003 from Microsoft¿s approach to its design and packaging and the different versions that are available, to an overview of the features in this release that are new or otherwise improved. Then, the author provides a detailed guide to installing Windows Server 2003 in a variety of different environments. Next, he discusses the basic file and print services built into Windows Server 2003. The author then covers the domain name system, or DNS. He continues by providing a complete guide to the technical potion of Active Directory, including its logical and physical structure, hierarchical components, scalability, and replication. Then, the author introduces you to GP and its structure and operation. Next, he ensures that you are well versed in locking down your systems to protect both your own computers and the Internet community as a whole. The author continues with a discussion of the revamping of IIS. Then, the author covers the .NET Framework services introduced in the IIS revision. Next, he provides a guide to Terminal Services, including an overview from the server administration¿s perspective and a similar overview from a typical user¿s point of view. The author then covers the standard networking architecture of the operating system, including addressing and routing issues. He continues by covering windows clustering services. Finally, he discusses the other elements of Windows Server 2003 not covered elsewhere, including the Indexing Service and the Microsoft Message Queue. This most excellent book has step-by-step procedures and discussions of complex concepts such as Active Directory replication, DFS namespaces and replication, network access quarantining, and server clustering. More importantly, if you¿re a GUI aficionado, within this book, you¿ll still find everything you¿re accustomed to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the companion to another recent O'Reilly book, 'Securing Windows Server 2003' by Danseglio. That book concentrates on security issues, while Hassell talks more generally about the wide range of sysadmin tasks you can find yourself performing. In these days of Web dominance, one of the crucial tasks you have is to run a web server; Internet Information Services 6, in this case. Over the entire web, it ranks below Apache. But still central to your context, on your machine. Following the usual O'Reilly style, the IIS chapter is pretty succinct. One noteworthy item is that it has a section entitled 'Managing Web Services'. Hold your horses, mate. It may not do what you think it does. The section actually describes running several long standing web services [note the lower case]. These do not refer to Web Services [sic], which describe programs that use Web Services Description Language or the Business Process Execution Language to aggregate into new types of services. An unfortunate case of terminology overloading. Another item in the book may be attractive. Network Access Quarantine Control. Microsoft claims it is a much securer way for your mobile users to remotely connect to the machine. Currently, there is no version of it for non-Microsoft machines. Anyway, for some of you, it may be worth trying out.