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Mastering Windows Server 2003, Upgrade Edition for SP1 and R2
     

Mastering Windows Server 2003, Upgrade Edition for SP1 and R2

by Mark Minasi, Rhonda Layfield, Lisa Justice
 

Get the In-depth coverage of SP1 and R2 you've been waiting for from one of the world's leading Windows authorities. Picking up where Mastering Windows Server 2003 left off, expert Mark Minasi (winner of CertCities.com Reader's Choice Award for Favorite Technical Author for the 4th year in a row!) and his co-authors return with a much-anticipated Upgrade

Overview

Get the In-depth coverage of SP1 and R2 you've been waiting for from one of the world's leading Windows authorities. Picking up where Mastering Windows Server 2003 left off, expert Mark Minasi (winner of CertCities.com Reader's Choice Award for Favorite Technical Author for the 4th year in a row!) and his co-authors return with a much-anticipated Upgrade Edition that delivers exactly the information you need. Their clear, hands-on instruction thoroughly covers features and changes that have been largely undocumented in the marketplace — from SP1's critical security enhancements to R2's new management/administration tools, enhanced print controls, and more. If you manage, maintain, or depend on Windows Server 2003, this is the book you've been waiting for!

Coverage includes:

  • Getting and installing SP1
  • Hiding folders from prying eyes with ABE
  • De-worming Windows® with Data Execution Prevention (DEP)
  • Solving SP1/R2 incompatibilities
  • Stopping spyware and locking up ports
  • Stopping mobile thieves by blocking USB memory sticks
  • Upgrading to R2 and getting to know its GUI
  • Understanding R2's new Print Management Console
  • Controlling folder usage with quotas and more
  • Integrating Unix and Windows
  • Working with Active Directory
  • Coverage Focused Specifically on Critical SP1 and R2 Updates

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 hasn't been standing still. First, there was SP1, the biggest service pack in Windows history. Second, there've been loads of additional downloads (including SharePoint Services and plenty of Unix interoperability tools). Now there's R2, which integrates all those goodies, together with some new features you can't get any other way. Thankfully, there's an authoritative guide to all these improvements: Mark Minasi's Mastering Windows Server 2003, Upgrade Edition for SP1 and R2.

If you already own Minasi's indispensable, colossal Mastering Windows Server 2003, this book will accompany it, not replace it. Its 24 chapters don't overlap at all with the previous book, except for one chapter on Terminal Services, where SP1's major changes only make sense in the context of a complete discussion of the feature.

What's in the new book? Here's just a taste. From SP1: access-based enumeration, which lets you create a file share and keep people from even seeing folders in that share they don't have access to. Data execution prevention, an improvement in worm-resistance that touches practically all of Windows. The new Security Configuration Wizard. Even a new way to keep folks from stealing data on their USB drives.

And from R2: Print Management Console, which (finally!) centralizes and simplifies printer management. Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS), for improving communication between forests without compromising security. Plus several new storage features: better reporting, more flexible quotas, and improved replication.

All in all, Minasi demystifies dozens of features, many of which have only been documented poorly or obscurely before. Which means his new book will be as useful as his old one: You'll wear it out. Bill Camarda, from the October 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470056455
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/09/2006
Edition description:
Upgrade Edition for SP1 and R2
Pages:
711
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Minasi, MCSE, is one of the world's leading Windows authorities. He teaches classes in 15 countries and is a much sought-after speaker at conferences and industry gathering keynotes. His firm, MR&D, has taught tens of thousands of people to design and run Windows networks. Mark has written over 15 books for Sybex, including the market-leading Mastering Windows Server 2003 and The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide.

Rhonda Layfield has been in the IT industry for 25 years and worked in every capacity, from running network cables in the US Navy to consulting with a number of Fortune 500 companies in a vast array of technologies. She enjoys sharing what she has learned, both by writing and presenting at national conferences.

Lisa Justice is a senior systems administrator and IT project manager with an employee-owned research corporation in Rockville, Maryland. She has been supporting, managing, and building Unix and Windows-based networks for over ten years. Occasionally, when Mark twists her arm, she also writes about them. Lisa is a coauthor of Mastering Windows Server 2003 and a contributor to Mastering Windows 2000 Server and Mastering Windows NT Server 4.

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