The Ultimate Windows Server 2003 System Administrator's Guide / Edition 2by Robert Williams, Mark Walla
Pub. Date: 04/08/2003
—From the Foreword by Brian Valentine, Senior Vice President, Windows Division, Microsoft/i>
—From the Foreword by Brian Valentine, Senior Vice President, Windows Division, Microsoft Corporation
Windows Server 2003, the successor to Windows 2000 and Windows NT, is designed to accommodate the seamless exchange of information through Web services. It delivers the increased flexibility and power needed to administer networks as global entities, but its enhanced management tools and security features present as many challenges as opportunities. The Ultimate Windows Server 2003 System Administrator's Guide will help readers negotiate these challenges and exploit the opportunities.
Robert Williams and Mark Walla take readers from an understanding of basic concepts to the application of advanced functions. This comprehensive book begins with the fundamentals of Windows 2000 system administration and applies them to Windows Server 2003. The book then details the planning, deployment, administration, and management of a Windows Server system, and follows up with complete coverage of advanced tools and theory. This book concludes with a quick reference to the most important Windows .NET commands and utilities.
Key topics include:
- Windows Server 2003 features, structure, planning, and installation
- Migration from Windows NT and Windows 2000
- Microsoft Management Console
- Active Directory management and use
- User management
- Group Policy
- Security, including IP security
- Printer and file services and networking basics
- Virtual private networks
- Disk and backup management and disaster recovery
- Terminal and Internet Information Services
- Cluster and indexing services, and message queuing
- System Management Server
- Windows 2000 administration support
In this book, system administrators and other IT professionals will find the essential information needed to succeed in the administration of the Windows .NET and Windows 2000 Server families.
Table of Contents
1. Administrative Overview.
Windows .NET—A Historical Perspective.
Understanding the .NET.
Windows .NET Administrative Roles.
Scope of Responsibility.
Windows .NET Features and Administration Implications.
2. Windows.NET Structure and Architecture.
Structural Modes, Subsystems, and Managers.
Windows .NET Processes.
Stored and Virtual Memory.
The Boot Process.
Viewing Application Dependencies.
IntelliMirror and Other Innovations.
3. Planning and Installation.
Logical and Physical Structures.
Planning for Windows 2000 and NT Upgrades.
Device Driver Management.
Windows Product Activation.
Automatic Product Update.
File Transfer Wizard.
Uninstall Windows XP Operating System.
4. Getting Started: The OS Interface.
Help and Support.
Internet Connectivity and Internet Explorer 6.0.
Winkey Quick Keys.
Internationalization and Localization.
ClearType Mobile Computer/Liquid Crystal Display Enhancements.
5. The Active Directory.
Active Directory Structural Components.
Open Standards Support and Naming Conventions.
Migration and Backward Compatibility.
Administrative Interface Snap-Ins.
Administrative Security and Trust Relationships.
6. Active Directory Management and Use.
Planning for the Active Directory.
Installing the Active Directory.
Active Directory MMC Snap-In Tools.
Creating Organizational Units.
Active Directory Administrative Delegation.
Global Catalog Refinement.
The Active Directory Connector.
7. User Accounts and Groups.
8. Group Policies.
Understanding Group Policies.
PDC Operations Manager.
esultant Set of Policy.
Group Policy WMI Filtering.
9. Permissions, Security, Folder Sharing, and DFS.
Permissions Security, Folder Sharing, and DFS.
Reviewing NTFS Permissions.
Distributed File System Sharing.
10. Kerberos and the Public Key Infrastructure.
The Public Key Infrastructure.
11. Additional Security Issues and Solutions.
Security Authorization Manager.
Windows .NET System Lockdown.
Secure Network Services and Architecture.
The End User's Responsibility.
12. Networking Basics and Naming Services.
Naming Services and IP Assignments.
Real Time Communications.
TAPI Streaming Support.
DNS Configuration Through Group Polcy.
Support for Broadband PPPoE Connections.
13. Virtual Private Networks and IP Security.
Virtual Private Networks.
14. Disk Management, Backup and Restoration, and Disaster Recovery.
Backup and Restoration.
15. Terminal Services.
Installing Terminal Services.
Configuring Terminal Services.
Terminal Services Administration.
Terminal Services from a User's Perspective.
16. Internet Information Services.
Understanding the IIS Web Server.
Working with the SMTP Server.
Understanding the NNTP Server.
Understanding the FTP Server.
17. Cluster, Indexing, Message Queuing, SMS, MOM, and WSH.
Understanding Cluster Services.
Message Queuing Services.
System Management Server.
Microsoft Operations Manager.
Windows Scripting Host.
Appendix: Windows.NET Commands and Utilities.
Command Line Tools New Under Windows .NET.
File Management Commands.
File Manipulation Commands.
System Management Commands.
Resource Kit Support Tools.
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One should be skeptical of any book that has Ultimate in its title. But without necessarily concurring with that, Williams and Walla seem to have exhaustively included all the necessary topics for MS Server 2003. Some aspects mentioned are already overtaken by events. The book says 'don't be surprised if the names of the products just mentioned undergo change'. Indeed so. The .NET label is now deprecated by Microsoft, while the book says sysadmins should keep an eye on it. The book is good at the mechanistic how-to level. If you need to do a certain thing with this operating system, you can probably get good guidance here. It is not so great at critical analysis. Do not look here for a comparative assessment of WS2003 against linux or Solaris. For example, it says that now the user's personal settings can be stored centrally, so that she sees the same layout on any MS computer in the server's cluster. Wow. The various unixes had this in 1994. But maybe that is not the intent of the book, you might say. Ok. But then consider the recommendation that if you run a Datacenter, the minimum RAM should be 1Gbyte. That is a huge amount of memory. Why is it necessary? What portion is needed by a possibly bloated operating system, as opposed to that used by actual customer data? (In the authors' defence, Microsoft probably has not showed them the innards of WS2003.)