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The ONLY Windows 2000 Resource You Need--Now With a New Emphasis on Security!

The #1 choice of Windows administrators, Mastering Windows 2000 Server gives you all the conceptual and practical information you need to get the most out of Microsoft's flagship network operating system. This is the premier resource for configuring, administering, and tuning Windows 2000 Server as part of a corporate enterprise network. You can depend on it for clear, authoritative instruction in hundreds of techniques that will make your work easier and your job more secure.

Coverage Includes:
* Installing Windows 2000
* Configuring IP, DHCP, WINS, and DNS to achieve the right foundation for your network
* Building and managing domains with Active Directory
* Controlling hundreds, even thousands, of workstations with group policies
* Prebuilding and delivering complete workstation images with Remote Installation Services
* Deploying applications throughout the enterprise with Microsoft Installer
* Understanding advanced DNS design and troubleshooting to keep your domains secure and running
* Improving network resource accessibility with Dfs, Web folders, shared printers, and Web printing
* Using Windows 2000 to share Internet Connections
* Tuning and monitoring your network
* Securing your network with new coverage of IPSec, certificates, security templates, simplified hotfix installations, auditing, and more
* Offering Web content with Internet Information Services 5
Real Solutions to Real Challenges
If improving the real-world performance of your network is the bottom line, this book delivers the goods. It shows you how to design and manage a multiple-platform network, build a Windows-based intranet, find the right data backup strategy, prevent and recover from disasters, and much more. There's no end to what you'll accomplish with practical, step-by-step instruction from the expert who has actually done it all on live networks!

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Windows 2000 Server has now been through one “security rollup package,” two large service packs, and three years of real-world production usage. Over the past few years, an awful lot has been learned about what it’s really like to run Win2K Server. What works. What doesn’t. How to streamline deployment and support. How to organize your enterprise network and maximize its performance. Above all, how to avoid problems (especially the security-related problems that’ll land you on the front page of The Wall Street Journal).

Mark Minasi travels the country teaching enterprise professionals how to manage Windows 2000 -- and learning from them, as well. Mastering Windows 2000 Server, Fourth Edition offers more insights into making Windows 2000 Server-based networks work well than any other book we’ve seen.

Let’s start by saying that at nearly 1,600 pages (and in this edition, they’ve even shrunk the type a bit), this book covers every imaginable Windows 2000 Server nook and cranny. Managing and creating user accounts and shared folders. Running Windows Terminal Services. Connecting Macintoshes to Windows 2000 systems (Minasi offers a highly sympathetic view of Macs, plus detailed solutions for issues like AppleShare’s problematic clear-text authentication.)

There’s a full chapter on configuring and troubleshooting network print services (including a great section on web print services that first explains all the reasons they’re not as useful as you might expect, then shows you how to secure them, and finally offers a really creative tip for using them to streamline the printer setup process for clients -- something you probably wouldn’t have thought of in a million years.

But the heart of this book is what’s new for the first time in this Fourth Edition. And there’s a lot.

Once, Windows admins could get away without knowing DNS, but no longer. From edition to edition, Minasi’s gradually improved the book’s DNS coverage. In this edition, he takes a quantum leap forward. You’ll not only learn how DNS works for once and for all: you’ll master difficult stuff like primary/secondary replication, securing zone transfers between servers, subnet mask ordering, and blending mixed environments that combine Windows 2000-based DNS systems with legacy DNS servers.

There’s completely new and very thorough example, based on the widely-used “split-brain DNS architecture,” and using only a single routable address (more realistic than previous editions). There’s even a great example of using round-robin DNS to provide a sort of “poor man’s fault tolerance” for Web sites -- not 100 percent foolproof, but a whole lot cheaper than true clustering.

In Windows 2000 Server, DNS is inextricably linked with Active Directory. Minasi has thoroughly revamped his AD coverage to include much more planning, installation, management, and troubleshooting coverage. (Those maddening domain controller and global catalog discovery problems you’ve been coping with -- finally solved in Service Pack 2. Already know how to delegate control of an organizational unit? Here’s how to undelegate control.)

The book’s full of undocumented goodies. For example, most people only know Indexing Service as the home of the security hole that Code Red exploited, but it’s a great tool for building fast, flexible search engines for both the Web and your own network. If only it was documented well. Now it is. Want to use the free NTBackup for scheduled backups? Not easy, but Minasi’s plug-in batch files will do the job. Got one of those NT4 applications that demand their own system DLLs and just won’t run under Windows 2000? Minasi walks you through a breathtakingly obscure solution called “DLL redirection.”

Wherever there’s something new to say about Windows 2000 security, Minasi says it. There’s 16 pages of new coverage on securing web services. Extensive new explanations of Microsoft’s security templates and SECEDIT tool -- powerful stuff. A new 20-page section IPSec -- essential if you’re creating a VPN.

Last but not least, the book comes with a fully searchable electronic copy in Acrobat PDF format. That’s not just nice: it’s a necessity for support professionals who aren’t chained to a desk and can’t carry this book everywhere --- a book that, at 6-1/2 lbs., outweighs many newborn babies. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782140439
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/22/2002
  • Series: Mastering Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1583
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Minasi, MCSE 2000, is recognized as one of the world’s best teachers of NT/2000. He teaches NT/2000 classes in 15 countries and is a much sought-after speaker at conferences. Mark has taught tens of thousands of people to design and run NT/2000 networks. Among his 15 other Sybex books are Mastering TCP/IP for NT Server; Troubleshooting Windows, and The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide, which has sold a million copies and has been translated into 12 languages.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Windows 2000 Server Overview.

Chapter 2: History: The Story So Far.

Chapter 3: The Windows 2000 Registry.

Chapter 4: Setting Up and Rolling Out Windows 2000.

Chapter 5: The Windows 2000 Server UI and MMC.

Chapter 6: Understanding and Using TCP/IP in Windows 2000 Server.

Chapter 7: Building a Windows 2000 TCP/IP Infrastructure: DHCP, WINS, and DNS.

Chapter 8: Understanding and Using Active Directory.

Chapter 9: Managing and Creating User Accounts.

Chapter 10: Managing Windows 2000 Storage.

Chapter 11: Creating and Managing Shared Folders.

Chapter 12: Software Installation.

Chapter 13: Configuring and Troubleshooting Network Print Services.

Chapter 14: Connecting Clients to Windows 2000 Server.

Chapter 15: Supporting Clients with Windows Terminal Services.

Chapter 16: Connecting Macintoshes to Windows 2000.

Chapter 17: Web, Mail, FTP, and Telnet Services in Windows 2000 Server.

Chapter 18: How Running a Big Windows 2000 Network Is Different.

Chapter 19: Integrating NetWare with Windows 2000 Server.

Chapter 20: Tuning and Monitoring Your Windows 2000 Network.

Chapter 21: Preparing for and Recovering from Server Failures.

Chapter 22: Installing and Managing Remote Access Service in Windows 2000 Server.

Chapter 23: Installing Hardware in Windows 2000.

Appendix: Performance Objects in Windows 2000.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2003

    Information Overload

    The only book you would probably need for learning and administering Windows 2000 Server.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2002

    Good learning book

    This is the best Win2K Server reference book I have come across for setting up Win2K domains. Minasi's writing style is actually enjoyable to read and easy to understand. He is obviously a trainer, and this book is like attending an excellent training session. It's refreshing to read a book written for the real world, after I've spent lots of time reading books preparing for MCSE tests on NT 4.0 and Win2K. I used it in conjuction with the Microsoft Win2K Resource Kit books (a reasonably good planning reference) and my three years experience being an NT 4.0 admin to correctly learn to do my job (run ~55 Win2K and 8 NT 4.0 servers, configured as 4 domains and some stand-alones). I particularly bought the book because I needed some remedial training on DNS, having come from an NT 4.0 background. Finally I found a book that covers Win2K DNS from the ground up and how it integrates with AD. As I found out the hard way, DNS is integral to Active Directory, and if you don't have your DNS set up correctly, you're going to have AD problems. I spent a bunch of time troubleshooting my AD errors before reading the book, but I finally fixed 99% of them by doing my DNS correctly. Another highlight of the book for me was his covering servers and domains in a NAT'ed or isolated environment (not connected to the Internet), which is my situation. He also does a good job of covering how to secure your Win2K servers. Again, the book's not an exhaustive reference on the subject but is a solid general reference. I highly recommend this book as a primary tool to correctly learn how to set up a Win2K domain.

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