Is this you? You already know Windows 2000 Server. Now you need to learn Windows Server 2003. But you don’t want to waste time slogging through stuff you already know. All you care about is: What’s new, and what’s changed? Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Delta Guide was written for you.
For example, installation hasn’t changed radically, but this book focuses on useful improvements that simplify the creation of automated installation files. (And, yes, the Windows Product Activation feature, coming to servers for the first time). Windows Server 2003 adopts the WinXP interface, but more important, the authors focus on must-know features like Remote Assistance and Compressed Folders.
You’ll find detailed coverage of Microsoft Windows Server 2003’s security enhancements and tools (Bill Gates actually stopped Windows Server 2003 development for two months to review security). The authors tell you about new tools that make Active Directory far easier to architect and manage as well as improvements in group policies -- especially the Resultant Set of Policy console.
There’s extensive coverage of IIS (completely revamped, and not installed by default); tweaks to network services such as DHCP, WINS, and fax; and a full chapter on networking and remote access (including IPv6 support and IPSec enhancements).
Clustering, headless servers, new command-line tools -- all covered. There’s even a chapter on the implications of .NET for the Windows Server 2003 administrator. A quick, concise read, this book will get Win2K professionals up-to-speed on Windows Server 2003 practically overnight. 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.