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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.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596101237
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/3/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • 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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Table of Contents

Organization and Structure;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Using Code Examples;
We'd Like to Hear from You;
SafariĀ® Enabled;
Chapter 1: Introducing Windows Server 2003;
1.1 Changes from Windows 2000 Server;
1.2 What Service Pack 1 Adds;
1.3 What R2 Adds;
1.4 Windows Server 2003 Editions;
1.5 Hardware Requirements;
1.6 The Last Word: Assessing the Release;
Chapter 2: Installation and Deployment;
2.1 Preparing to Install Windows Server 2003;
2.2 Installing Windows Server 2003;
2.3 Upgrading Previous and Existing Installations;
2.4 Installing the R2 Components;
2.5 Troubleshooting an Installation;
2.6 Running an Unattended Installation;
2.7 The Last Word;
Chapter 3: File, Print, and User Services;
3.1 New File and Print Server Features;
3.2 Setting Up File-Sharing Services;
3.3 NTFS File and Folder Permissions;
3.4 Limiting Use of Disk Space with Quotas;
3.5 The File Server Resource Manager;
3.6 Using Offline Files and Folders;
3.7 Using Shadow Copies;
3.8 Backing Up Your Machines;
3.9 Using the Encrypting File System;
3.10 The Distributed File System;
3.11 Understanding Print Sharing Services;
3.12 Roaming User Profiles;
3.13 Command Line Utilities;
3.14 The Last Word;
Chapter 4: Domain Name System;
4.1 Nuts and Bolts;
4.2 Zones Versus Domains;
4.3 Resource Records;
4.4 Using Primary and Secondary Nameservers;
4.5 Building a Nameserver;
4.6 Subdomains and Delegation;
4.7 Dynamic DNS;
4.8 Active Directory-Integrated Zones;
4.9 Forwarding;
4.10 The Split DNS Architecture;
4.11 Backup and Recovery;
4.12 Command-Line Utilities;
4.13 The Last Word;
Chapter 5: Active Directory;
5.1 Active Directory Objects and Concepts;
5.2 Building an Active Directory Structure;
5.3 Understanding Operations Master Roles;
5.4 Understanding Directory Replication;
5.5 Migrating to Active Directory in Windows Server 2003;
5.6 Active Directory Federation Services;
5.7 Active Directory Troubleshooting and Maintenance;
5.8 Conclusion;
Chapter 6: Group Policy and IntelliMirror;
6.1 An Introduction to Group Policy;
6.2 Group Policy Implementation;
6.3 Local Group Policy;
6.4 Domain Group Policy;
6.5 Deployment Considerations;
6.6 Troubleshooting Group Policy;
6.7 Other Group Policy Management Tools;
6.8 Command-Line Utilities;
6.9 The Last Word;
Chapter 7: Windows Security and Patch Management;
7.1 Understanding Security Considerations;
7.2 Enhancements to Security in Service Pack 1;
7.3 Creating and Enforcing Security Policies;
7.4 Locking Down Windows;
7.5 Using Auditing and the Event Log;
7.6 Windows Server Update Services;
7.7 Command-Line Utilities;
7.8 The Last Word;
Chapter 8: Internet Information Services;
8.1 IIS Architecture;
8.2 IIS Components;
8.3 What's New in IIS 6;
8.4 Installing IIS;
8.5 Managing Web Services;
8.6 File Transfer Protocol Services;
8.7 SMTP Services;
8.8 The POP3 Server;
8.9 Network News Services;
8.10 Backing Up Your IIS Configuration;
8.11 Remote Administration;
8.12 Securing It All;
8.13 Command-Line Utilities;
8.14 The Last Word;
Chapter 9: .NET Framework;
9.1 What Is .NET?;
9.2 What's New in .NET;
9.3 Application Types;
9.4 XML-Based Configuration;
9.5 Security;
9.6 Assemblies;
9.7 Deployment Models;
9.8 Diagnostics;
9.9 Management Tools;
9.10 Reference;
9.11 The Last Word;
Chapter 10: Windows Terminal Services;
10.1 The Remote Desktop Protocol;
10.2 Requirements for Terminal Services;
10.3 Adding the Terminal Server Role;
10.4 Enabling Remote Desktop;
10.5 On the User's Side;
10.6 Installing an Application;
10.7 Configuring Terminal Services Licensing;
10.8 Terminal Services Administration;
10.9 Command-Line Utilities;
10.10 The Last Word;
Chapter 11: Communications and Networking;
11.1 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol;
11.2 Virtual Private Networks;
11.3 Certificate Services;
11.4 IP Security;
11.5 Network Access Quarantine Control;
11.6 The Last Word;
Chapter 12: Clustering Technologies;
12.1 Network Load-Balancing Clusters;
12.2 Server Clustering;
12.3 Command-Line Utilities;
12.4 The Last Word;
Chapter 13: Other Windows Server 2003 Services;
13.1 The Indexing Service;
13.2 The Microsoft Message Queue;
13.3 Extending Functionality;
13.4 The Last Word;
Appendix A: The Future of Windows Server;
A.1 General Notes;
A.2 The Feature Roster;
A.3 Current Progress;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2006


    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2005

    describes wide range of sysadmin tasks

    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.

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