If you were to distill Windows Server 2003 into 500 pages of specific, trustworthy, fast-access answers for system administrators, you’d wind up with something like Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant.
William Stanek begins with a high-level look at Microsoft’s tools for managing Windows Server 2003 plus detailed coverage of monitoring processes, services, and events and a full chapter on support techniques -- including Remote Desktop. He also presents a solid overview of the many ways in which you can automate Windows Server administration, including group policies, scripting, security templates, and the Scheduled Task Wizard.
Next, he tackles Active Directory administration, focusing on the tasks you’re most likely to be involved with: creating, managing, and resetting accounts; managing organizational units; setting privileges and logon rights; working with groups; managing user profiles; and more.
There’s a full section on administering data: managing hard drives, working with basic and dynamic disks, administering volume sets and RAID arrays, controlling shares and permissions, auditing, quotas, and more. Stanek covers backup/recovery in detail -- for example, showing you how to avoid the pitfalls associated with recovering encrypted data. The book’s final section demystifies networking: not only TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, and WINS but printer troubleshooting, remote access security, and other essential topics.
Unless you're a kangaroo, this book won’t quite fit in your pocket. But it is small enough to take anywhere you’re working. And it’s useful enough that you'll want to. 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.