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.