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Need fast, reliable, easy-to-implement solutions for Microsoft Windows Server 2008? This book delivers exactly what you’re looking for. You’ll find tested, step-by-step procedures for every facet of Windows Server 2008 planning, deployment, configuration, security, and day-to-day administration. This book includes special sections looking forward to the new R2 release and fully reflects all major enhancements built into ...

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Real Solutions for Windows Server 2008 Administrators

Need fast, reliable, easy-to-implement solutions for Microsoft Windows Server 2008? This book delivers exactly what you’re looking for. You’ll find tested, step-by-step procedures for every facet of Windows Server 2008 planning, deployment, configuration, security, and day-to-day administration. This book includes special sections looking forward to the new R2 release and fully reflects all major enhancements built into Windows Server 2008--including Hyper-V virtualization, Server Core, major Terminal Services improvements, and many more changes that make older administration guides obsolete. When time is of the essence, turn here first: get answers you can trust--and use--right now!

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  • Prepare to deploy Windows Server 2008 and walk through an efficient installation
  • Administer Windows Server 2008 with the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), Device Manager, Task Scheduler, and Remote Desktop
  • Use Server Manager to perform initial configuration tasks, manage settings, and administer server roles
  • Deliver client applications more efficiently with Terminal Services
  • Deploy Server Core to minimize attack surface and maximize security
  • Plan, deploy, and manage Hyper-V virtualized environments that reduce costs and improve business flexibility
  • Create, configure, secure, and manage new websites with IIS 7.x
  • Centrally manage your users with the newest version of Active Directory
  • Install and configure server roles such as DNS, DHCP, and file services
  • Configure both IPv4 and IPv6
  • Establish efficient, practical backup and restore procedures
  • Protect your data and infrastructure using Windows Server 2008’s multiple security features
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and tune server performance
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672330759
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 8/6/2009
  • Series: How-To Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,475,247
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Peter Bruzzese is an independent consultant and trainer for a variety of clients, including CBT Nuggets (the Exchange 2007 Video Series) and New Horizons. Over the past decade, Peter has worked with Goldman Sachs, CommVault Systems, and Microsoft, to name a few. His focus has been, and continues to be, corporate support and training. For the past 10 years he has specialized in Active Directory and Exchange support and education, as well as certification training, and he holds the following certifications: MCSA 2000/2003, MCSE NT/2000/2003, MCITP: Messaging with Exchange 2007, and MCT from Microsoft; can from Novell; CCNA from Cisco; CIW Master and CIW Certified Instructor from CIW; and A+, Network+, and iNET+ from CompTIA.

Peter enjoys taking complex technical topics, like Server 2008, and breaking them down so they’re easy to understand and enjoyable to learn. This has led to the formation of his company ClipTraining; at the company website,, you can watch a variety of mini-training clips designed to assist others in learning. Peter believes that short training sessions in a familiar environment yield great results.

Peter is also a contributor to Redmond magazine, Windows IT Pro magazine, and several tech sites. He is a speaker for the TechMentor conferences, Microsoft TechEd conferences, the IT360 tech conferences in Canada, and the TEC conference, offering sessions that revolve mostly around Exchange. Last but certainly not least, he writes the Enterprise Windows blog for InfoWorld.

Ron Barrett is the founder of RARE-TECH, an IT training and consulting company. He has been a technology professional for more than a decade, working for several major financial firms and dot-coms. Ron is a specialist in network infrastructure, security, and IT management. He is coauthor of The Administrator’s Guide to Microsoft Office 2007 Servers and How to Cheat at Administering Office Communications Server 2007, and he has contributed to several other books on Windows administration. Along with book writing, Ron has contributed to several industry magazines, such as Redmond and Windows IT Pro, and he was featured in the book Tricks of the Windows Vista Masters. He has worked for Microsoft, writing research and analysis papers on Windows Server 2008, Windows HPC, and PerformancePoint Server 2007. In addition to writing, Ron has spoken at several technology conferences for CPAmerica and the AICPA, as well as TechMentor.

Be sure to catch Ron’s daily blog on Network World’s Microsoft subnet, at

Wayne Dipchan has been working with IT for the past 12 years and holds MCSE, MCDBA, and MCT certifications. His experience has allowed him to work in diverse business sectors. Starting out his career as an IT trainer, Wayne has had opportunity to work with New Horizons and Alpha Technologies, as well as coauthor an exam prep book on directory service design. He has also had opportunity to engineer, deploy, and support IT infrastructures for multiple small to medium-size businesses, ranging from construction to catering to manufacturing. In addition, Wayne has worked with health care systems such as Staten Island University Hospital and with financial companies such as Barclays Capital. He is the owner of AriLex Technologies LLC, a company focused on IT support and training. Wayne is currently employed with St. Peters University Hospital and involved with the design and deployment of multiple health information solutions.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Using Windows Server 2008 How-To 1

How to Educate Yourself About Windows Server 2008 2

How to Benefit from This Book 2

How to Continue Expanding Your Knowledge 4

Chapter 1 Perform the Installation 5

Determine Your Hardware Requirements for Windows Server 2008 6

Perform Other Pre-Installation Tasks 7

Check Application Compatibility 7

Disconnect the UPS 8

Run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool 8

Identify Mass Storage Device Drivers 8

Back Up Servers 9

Disable Virus Protection Software 9

Prepare Active Directory 9

Decide What Edition of Windows Server 2008 to Install 10

Windows Web Server 2008 11

Windows Server 2008 Standard 11

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise 12

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter 12

Windows HPC Server 2008 13

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems 13

Install Windows Server 2008 14

Manual Installation 14

Unattended Installation 21

Chapter 2 Configure and Manage Server Core 25

Determine Your Need for Server Core 26

Install Server Core 27

Server Core Installation Options 28

Extend the Evaluation 30

Configure Server Core Postinstallation 30

Configuration Commands 31

Install Roles and Features 34

Manage Server Core 36

Manage Server Core with Terminal Services 36

Manage with TS RemoteApp 36

Manage with Windows Remote Shell 37

Manage Server Core with MMC Snap-ins 37

Incorporate Server Core Changes inWindows Server 2008 R2 39

Make Progress in Server Core Administration 40

Chapter 3 Work with Server Manager 41

Use Initial Configuration Tasks 42

Navigate Settings with Server Manager 43

Perform Role and Feature Management 45

Know Your Server Roles 45

Know Your Server Features 49

Install Roles 52

Install Features 55

Use the Command-Line Server Manager (ServerManagerCmd.exe) 56

Know What R2 Will Bring to Server Manager 58

Chapter 4 Manage Windows Server 2008 59

Use the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 60

Work with Preconfigured MMCs 64

Server Manager 64

Computer Manager 65

Utilize Device Manager 66

Work with the Task Scheduler 67

Manage Windows Server 2008 Using Remote Desktop 72

Configure Backups and Perform Restores 76

Chapter 5 Install and Configure Specific Server Roles 81

Install and Configure the DNS Server Role 82

Create and Configure DNS Lookup Zones 83

Manage a DNS Server 86

Manage a DNS Zone 87

Install and Configure the DHCP Server Role 90

Configure Additional Settings in DHCP 93

Configure IPv4 and IPv6 Settings 93

Configuring Scope Options 94

Configure IPv6 in Windows Server 2008 96

Make Progress with IPv6 98

Install and Configure the File Services Role 98

Work with Share and Storage Management 101

Work with the File Server Resource Manager 102

Work with DFS Management 103

Understand the Improvement Windows Server 2008 R2 Brings to Server Roles 105

Chapter 6 Work with IIS 7.0 107

Install the Web Server Role 108

Create, Configure, and Manage New Websites 114

Secure Websites 118

IP and Domain Restrictions 119

Restrictive Authentication 119

HTTP Request Filtering 119

Restrict Directory Browsing 120

Delegate Rights Assignments 121

Use the Command Line with IIS 7.0 124

Add a Website Using appcmd.exe 126

Configure a Website Using appcmd.exe 127

Delete a Website Using appcmd.exe 127

Back Up Your Configuration 127

View Available Configuration Backups 127

Restore Configuration Backups 127

Improve IIS 7.0 Performance 128

Output Caching 128

Compression 129

Logging Frequency 130

Windows Server Resource Manager (WSRM) 130

See What’s New in Windows Server 2008 R2 131

Chapter 7 Implement and Utilize Hyper-V 133

Install the Hyper-V Role 134

Install Hyper-V on a Full Installation of Windows Server 2008 135

Install Hyper-V on Server Core 137

Manage Hyper-V Remotely 137

Create Virtual Hard Drives and Machines 138

Virtual Hard Drives 139

Create Virtual Machines 141

Work with the Virtual Machine Connection Tool 143

Install Integration Services 145

Monitor Hyper-V Performance 146

Utilize System Center VMM 147

Prepare for New Features to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 149

Chapter 8 Install and Configure Terminal Services 151

Determine Which Terminal Services Roles to Install 152

Install Terminal Services 154

Install the Terminal Server Role Service 154

Install the TS Licensing Role Service 156

Install the TS Session Broker Role Service 157

Install the TS Gateway Role Service 157

Install the TS Web Access Role Service 160

Configure Terminal Services 160

Configure the TS RemoteApp Manager 161

Configure the TS Gateway Manager 163

Configure a Load-Balanced Farm with TS Session Broker 166

Configure Terminal Services 167

Manage Terminal Services 169

Add RemoteApp Programs 170

Monitor Terminal Services 173

Get More from Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 175

Chapter 9 Understand and Manage Active Directory 179

Understand the Functionality of Active Directory 180

Visualize the Physical and Logical Sides of Active Directory 180

Utilize Domain Controllers Appropriately 182

Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs) 183

Promote Servers as Domain Controllers 184

Install the First DC of the Forest 184

Setting Up Additional DCs 187

Prepare an Existing Domain Schema 191

Create Active Directory Objects 192

Design and Create an OU Structure 192

Create Computer Objects 193

Create User Objects 195

Work with Site and Domain Consoles 198

Active Directory Sites and Services 198

Active Directory Domains and Trusts 202

Utilize Other Active Directory Services 204

Improve Active Directory with Windows Server 2008 R2 205

Chapter 10 Utilize Group Policy 207

Grasp the Structure of Group Policy 208

Group Policy Objects 208

The Group Policy Central Store 208

The Application Order of Group Policy 209

Use Starter GPOs 210

Create and Apply Group Policies 211

Access Group Policy Settings 211

The Group Policy Management Editor 212

Change an Existing GPO 216

Create a New GPO 216

Apply a GPO 218

Create and Apply a GPO 218

Configure Group Policy Application Settings 218

Raise or Lower the Link Order 219

Disable a Policy 220

Disable Half a Policy 220

Delete a Link or a Policy 221

Block Inheritance 221

Enforce a Policy 221

Filter GPO Application 222

Work with Group Policy Modeling and Results 224

The Group Policy Modeling Wizard 224

The Group Policy Results Wizard 225

Prepare for Windows Server 2008 R2 Enhancements to Group Policy 226

Chapter 11 Configure Security 229

Understand Security Improvements in Windows Server 2008 230

Built-in Security Features 230

User Account Control (UAC) 233

Additional Security Components 234

Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security 235

Create Inbound and Outbound Rules 237

Create Connection Security Rules 239

Monitor Windows Firewall and Advanced Security 241

Configure NAP 242

Install the Network Policy Server 242

Configure NAP Health Policies 243

Configure System Health Validator and Remediation Server Groups 245

Configure Policy Properties 247

Plan for Security Changes and Additions in Windows Server 2008 R2 248

Changes to Security 248

Chapter 12 Monitor Performance and Troubleshoot 251

Monitor Performance in Windows Server 2008 252

Use the Performance Monitor and the Reliability Monitor 253

Create a Data Collector Set 257

Configure Data Collector Sets 259

Use Reliability Reports 260

Troubleshoot Windows Server 2008 262

Troubleshoot Using the Event Viewer 262

Manage Event Viewer 263

Create a New Subscription 265

Troubleshoot Using Command-Line Tools 266

Use the Problem Reports and Solutions 266

Monitor Performance and Troubleshoot in Windows Server 2008 R2 269

Index 271

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