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Wherever you stand in your Windows Server 2003 deployment plans, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator’s Companion can help. Organized around your real-world planning, deployment, and administration lifecycle, this book is exceptionally readable, clear, and above all, thorough.
This book starts with four chapters on assessment and planning, including extensive coverage of Active Directory and namespace planning, plus discussions of everything from documenting your existing network to assessing risk. (You’ll also appreciate the 180-day trial version of Windows Server 2003 bundled in the back of the book.)
Next, you’ll walk through installation and initial configuration, including Active Directory domain upgrades. Many of Windows Server 2003’s most significant improvements relate to AD management. This book covers the AD enhancements in detail, ranging from domain controller renaming to replicated logon timestamping. You’ll also learn about forest and domain functionality levels, which let you move smoothly to deploy new features on your own timetable.
The authors systematically cover all of Windows Server 2003’s most significant services: NetWare, UNIX, and Mac support; basic Outlook mail services from the netadmin’s viewpoint; Terminal Services; indexing; and much more. There’s a full section on Windows Server 2003’s Internet services -- including ISA Server, Microsoft’s high-powered solution for Internet connection sharing. You’ll also find a discussion of PKI infrastructure, including Microsoft Certificate Services (just part of the authors’ extensive security coverage).
Backup, fault tolerance/avoidance, disaster planning, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, recovery, even Registry editing -- they’re all here. Whether you want to use this book as a planning/deployment guide, a day-to-day reference, or both, you’ll be very pleased. 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.