Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed R2 Edition

Overview

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed, 3rd Edition is the first book on the market to cover Windows Server 2003 R2. This latest edition will keep the text viable with the major "R2" update being released from Microsoft late in 2005. Many of the Windows Server 2003 titles have not been revised since release in 2003 even though Microsoft has released a service pack and now the R2 update.

This book will provide detailed guidance focused on the most commonly used yet most ...

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Overview

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed, 3rd Edition is the first book on the market to cover Windows Server 2003 R2. This latest edition will keep the text viable with the major "R2" update being released from Microsoft late in 2005. Many of the Windows Server 2003 titles have not been revised since release in 2003 even though Microsoft has released a service pack and now the R2 update.

This book will provide detailed guidance focused on the most commonly used yet most complicated planning, installation, migration, and problem solving topics that challenge IT professionals. This title goes far beyond the basic installation and setup information found in hundreds of other resources and focus on the less understood yet most important details for system configuration, tips, tricks, and techniques to successfully implement and administer a Windows networking system.

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Windows Server 2003 Unleashed, Second Edition covers every aspect of planning, deploying, and managing Windows Server 2003 in any environment, including the global enterprise. What's more, it's just been updated to reflect the powerful new tools and "feature packs" Microsoft has introduced over the past year -- many poorly documented until now.

You'll walk through the entire process of planning, prototyping, migration, deployment, and installation. (Especially helpful: the sample unattended installation script and batch file. And speaking of migration, there's a full chapter on application compatibility testing later in the book.)

There's comprehensive coverage of Active Directory -- extensively enhanced in Windows Server 2003, and afterwards. Coverage new to this edition includes: DSML for accessing AD from XML web pages; Active Directory in Application Mode and Identity Integration Feature Pack, which improve AD's flexibility in testing and synchronization; improved remote administration, and more. AD planners will especially appreciate the authors' insights on designing OU and Group Structure, and their discussion of integrating Active Directory with non-Microsoft directory services.

There's a complete section on networking, with chapters on configuring DNS, DHCP, and IIS 6. You'll also find four full chapters on security: securing servers and network transport, using Passports, and leveraging security policies. The authors offer equally detailed coverage of user, group, and site administration; the Registry; group policies (including the new Group Policy Management Console); scripting; and Microsoft Operations Manager.

Other brand-new features and tools covered here: Software Update Services, Windows SharePoint Services Feature Pack, Windows System Resource Manager, log parsing, rights management, file replication management, and more.

Fault tolerance, backup/recovery, logging, debugging, capacity analysis, tuning…all that's here, too. Plus, you'll find bulleted lists of best practices in nearly every chapter. This book's almost as all-encompassing as the product it covers. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Library Journal
Microsoft's April launch of Windows Server 2003 signaled a newer, modular strategy; the company intends to continue delivering additional components for at least six months postlaunch. This means that libraries, though needing to invest in guides to the new server OS, may need to upgrade more quickly than in the past for coverage of newer components. These four titles will help start the collection. Intended for Windows Server 2000 administrators who need to update their skills, Delta Guide eschews the basics for changes in the new OS, beginning with selecting an edition and moving through interface and policy changes, security enhancements, new command line tools, and more. Online sidebars bring users up to speed in areas where their Win2k knowledge is lacking. Buy in conjunction with more thorough guides that also address the needs of beginning administrators. Beginner's Guide and Teach Yourself target beginning administrators, teaching via step-by-step chapters. In Beginner's, the notes and "Ask the Expert" sidebars add useful info, progress checks mid-chapter help break up lengthy prose, and projects and mastery checks close chapters. Teach ends chapters with a summary and Q&A and includes similar notes and asides, falling somewhat short in explaining what to do when its step-by-step instructions fail. Beginner's, for example, goes by degrees through setting up nonplug and play printers, while Teach merely directs readers to the Add Printer Wizard. Both are good bets for all libraries. Meanwhile, Unleashed is a comprehensive reference for intermediate to advanced administrators. Lists of best practices contain tips to keep servers running smoothly, along with rules and recommendations integrated into each chapter; larger libraries can consider. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672328985
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 5/24/2006
  • Series: Unleashed Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1368
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rand Morimoto, Michael Noel, and Alex Lewis all work for Convergent Computing, an 85-person consulting company that has been recognized by Microsoft as one of the leaders in Windows networking technologies. Because of Convergent Computing major involvement in the deployment of Windows 2003 (beta and production), the organization has been involved with the entire Windows Server 2003 project beginning with planning sessions conducted back in late-1999 (almost 2 months before even Windows 2000 shipped to the general public). With thousands of users migrated to the Windows Server 2003, the experts at Convergent Computing write books based on real life experiences over 3-years before the projected product release.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Windows Server 2003 overview
1 Windows Server 2003 technology primer 7
2 Planning, prototyping, migrating, and deploying Windows Server 2003 best practices 39
3 Installing Windows Server 2003 73
Pt. II Windows Server 2003 active directory
4 Active directory primer 99
5 Designing a Windows Server 2003 active directory 127
6 Designing organizational unit and group structure 155
7 Active directory infrastructure 179
8 Integrating active directory with Novell, Unix, and NT4 directories 211
Pt. III Networking services
9 The domain name system 241
10 DHCP/WINS/domain controllers 277
11 Internet information services v6 309
Pt. IV Security
12 Server-level security 345
13 Transport-level security 371
14 Windows Server 2003 passports 389
15 Security policies and tools 405
Pt. V Migrating to Windows Server 2003
16 Migrating from Windows NT4 to Windows Server 2003 425
17 Migrating from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003 463
18 Compatibility testing Windows Server 2003 505
Pt. VI Windows Server 2003 administration and management
19 Windows Server 2003 user, group, and site administration 531
20 Windows Server 2003 system registry 561
21 Windows Server 2003 group policies 583
22 Windows Server 2003 management and maintenance practices 635
23 Automating tasks using Windows Server 2003 scripting 675
24 Documenting a Windows Server 2003 environment 715
25 Integrating microsoft operations manager with Windows Server 2003 735
Pt. VII Remote and mobile technologies
26 Remote and mobile access 763
27 Windows Server 2003 terminal services 803
Pt. VIII Desktop administration
28 Windows Server 2003 administration tools for desktops 847
29 Group policy management for network clients 867
Pt. IX Fault tolerance technologies
30 File system fault tolerance 897
31 System-level fault tolerance (clustering/network load balancing) 945
32 Backing up a Windows Server 2003 environment 1003
33 Recovering from a disaster 1037
Pt. X Problem solving, debugging, and optimization
34 Logging and debugging 1077
35 Capacity analysis and performance optimization 1117
Pt. XI Integrated Windows application services
36 Windows SharePoint services 1143
37 Windows media services 1175
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