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Dive in—and discover how to really put Windows Server 2012 to work! This supremely organized reference packs the details you need to plan and manage a Windows Server 2012 implementation—including hundreds of timesaving solutions, ...

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Dive in—and discover how to really put Windows Server 2012 to work! This supremely organized reference packs the details you need to plan and manage a Windows Server 2012 implementation—including hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. Learn how the experts tackle Windows Server 2012—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. Topics include:

  • Managing Windows Server 2012 systems
  • Storage and file systems
  • TCP/IP networking
  • DHCP and DNS
  • Active Directory
  • Group Policy
  • Security and access
  • Troubleshooting hardware
  • Performance monitoring and tuning
  • Backup and recovery

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735666313
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Series: Microsoft Inside Out Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1584
  • Sales rank: 486,896
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William R. Stanek is a Microsoft MVP with 20+ years of experience in systems management and advanced programming. He is an award-winning author who’s written more than 100 books, including Windows Server 2012 Pocket Consultant and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant.

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Table of Contents

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Part 1: Windows Server 2012 Overview;
Chapter 1: Introducing Windows Server 2012;
1.1 Getting to know Windows Server 2012;
1.2 Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012;
1.3 Planning for Windows Server 2012;
1.4 Thinking about server roles and Active Directory;
1.5 Planning for availability, scalability, and manageability;
Chapter 2: Deploying Windows Server 2012;
2.1 Getting a quick start;
2.2 Product licensing;
2.3 Preparing for a Windows Server 2012 installation;
2.4 Installing Windows Server 2012;
2.5 Performing additional administration tasks during installations;
2.6 Troubleshooting installation;
2.7 Postinstallation tasks;
Chapter 3: Boot Configuration;
3.1 Boot from hardware and firmware;
3.2 Boot environment essentials;
3.3 Managing startup and boot configuration;
3.4 Managing the Boot Configuration Data store and its entries;
Part 2: Managing Windows Server 2012 Systems;
Chapter 4: Managing Windows Server 2012;
4.1 Working with the administration tools;
4.2 Working with Server Manager;
4.3 Working with Computer Management;
4.4 Using Control Panel;
4.5 Using the System console;
4.6 Customizing the desktop and the taskbar;
4.7 Optimizing toolbars;
4.8 Using Remote Desktop;
4.9 Tracking who’s logged on;
Chapter 5: Windows Server 2012 MMC Administration;
5.1 Using the MMC;
5.2 Building custom MMCs;
5.3 Designing custom taskpads for the MMC;
5.4 Publishing and distributing your custom tools;
Chapter 6: Configuring Roles, Role Services, and Features;
6.1 Using roles, role services, and features;
6.2 Making supplemental components available;
6.3 Installing components with Server Manager;
6.4 Installing components at the prompt;
6.5 Tracking installed roles, role services, and features;
Chapter 7: Managing and Troubleshooting Hardware;
7.1 Understanding hardware installation changes;
7.2 Installing devices;
7.3 Working with device drivers;
7.4 Managing hardware;
Chapter 8: Managing the Registry;
8.1 Introducing the registry;
8.2 Understanding the registry structure;
8.3 Registry root keys;
8.4 Registry data: How it is stored and used;
8.5 Registry administration;
8.6 Backing up and restoring the registry;
8.7 Maintaining the registry;
8.8 Securing the registry;
Chapter 9: Software and User Account Control Administration;
9.1 Software installation essentials;
9.2 Mastering User Account Control;
9.3 Maintaining application integrity;
Chapter 10: Performance Monitoring and Tuning;
10.1 Tuning performance, memory usage, and data throughput;
10.2 Tracking a system’s general health;
10.3 Tracking events and troubleshooting by using Event Viewer;
Chapter 11: Comprehensive Performance Analysis and Logging;
11.1 Establishing performance baselines;
11.2 Comprehensive performance monitoring;
11.3 Resolving performance bottlenecks;
11.4 Performance logging;
Part 3: Managing Windows Server 2012 Storage and File Systems;
Chapter 12: Storage Management;
12.1 Essential storage technologies;
12.2 Installing and configuring file services;
12.3 Configuring storage;
12.4 Managing MBR disk partitions on basic disks;
12.5 Managing GPT disk partitions on basic disks;
12.6 Managing volumes on dynamic disks;
Chapter 13: TPM and BitLocker Drive Encryption;
13.1 Working with trusted platforms;
13.2 Managing TPM;
13.3 Introducing BitLocker Drive Encryption;
13.4 Using hardware encryption, secure boot, and Network Unlock;
13.5 Deploying BitLocker Drive Encryption;
13.6 Setting up and managing BitLocker Drive Encryption;
Chapter 14: Managing File Systems and Storage;
14.1 Understanding the disk and file-system structure;
14.2 Using FAT;
14.3 Using NTFS;
14.4 Advanced NTFS features;
14.5 Using ReFS;
14.6 Using file-based compression;
14.7 Managing disk quotas;
14.8 Automated disk maintenance;
14.9 Automated optimization of disks;
14.10 Managing storage spaces;
Chapter 15: File Sharing and Security;
15.1 File-sharing essentials;
15.2 Creating and publishing shared folders;
15.3 Managing share permissions;
15.4 Managing access permissions;
15.5 Managing file shares after configuration;
15.6 Managing claims-based access controls;
15.7 Auditing file and folder access;
15.8 Shadow copy essentials;
15.9 Managing shadow copies in Computer Management;
15.10 Configuring shadow copies at the command line;
Chapter 16: Managing File Screening and Storage Reporting;
16.1 Understanding file screening and storage reporting;
16.2 Managing file screening and storage reporting;
Chapter 17: Backup and Recovery;
17.1 Disaster-planning strategies;
17.2 Disaster preparedness procedures;
17.3 Developing backup strategies;
17.4 Backing up and recovering your data;
17.5 Backing up and restoring Active Directory;
17.6 Troubleshooting startup and shutdown;
Part 4: Managing Windows Server 2012 Networking and Domain Services;
Chapter 18: Networking with TCP/IP;
18.1 Navigating networking in Windows Server 2012;
18.2 Using TCP/IP;
18.3 Understanding IPv4 addressing;
18.4 Special IPv4 addressing rules;
18.5 Using subnets and subnet masks;
18.6 Getting and using IPv4 addresses;
18.7 Understanding IPv6;
18.8 Understanding name resolution;
Chapter 19: Managing TCP/IP Networking;
19.1 Installing TCP/IP networking;
19.2 Configuring TCP/IP networking;
19.3 Managing network connections;
19.4 Troubleshooting and testing network settings;
Chapter 20: Managing DHCP;
20.1 DHCP essentials;
20.2 DHCP security considerations;
20.3 DHCP and IPAM;
20.4 Planning DHCPv4 and DHCPv6 implementations;
20.5 Setting up DHCP servers;
20.6 Configuring TCP/IP options;
20.7 Advanced DHCP configuration and maintenance;
20.8 Setting up DHCP relay agents;
Chapter 21: Architecting DNS Infrastructure;
21.1 DNS essentials;
21.2 Planning DNS implementations;
21.3 Security considerations;
21.4 Architecting a DNS design;
Chapter 22: Implementing and Managing DNS;
22.1 Installing the DNS Server service;
22.2 Configuring DNS zones, subdomains, forwarders, and zone transfers;
22.3 Deploying DNSSEC;
22.4 Adding resource records;
22.5 Deploying global names;
22.6 Maintaining and monitoring DNS;
22.7 Troubleshooting the DNS client service;
22.8 Troubleshooting the DNS Server service;
Chapter 23: Implementing and Maintaining WINS;
23.1 WINS essentials;
23.2 Setting up WINS servers;
23.3 Configuring replication partners;
23.4 Configuring and maintaining WINS;
23.5 Enabling WINS lookups through DNS;
Part 5: Managing Active Directory and Security;
Chapter 24: Active Directory Architecture;
24.1 Active Directory physical architecture;
24.2 Active Directory logical architecture;
Chapter 25: Designing and Managing the Domain Environment;
25.1 Design considerations for Active Directory replication;
25.2 Design considerations for Active Directory search and global catalogs;
25.3 Design considerations for compatibility;
25.4 Design considerations for Active Directory authentication and trusts;
25.5 Delegating authentication;
25.6 Design considerations for Active Directory operations masters;
Chapter 26: Organizing Active Directory;
26.1 Creating an Active Directory implementation or update plan;
26.2 Developing a domain plan;
26.3 Developing an organizational unit plan;
Chapter 27: Configuring Active Directory Sites and Replication;
27.1 Working with Active Directory sites;
27.2 Understanding Active Directory replication;
27.3 Replication rings and directory partitions;
27.4 Developing or revising a site design;
Chapter 28: Implementing Active Directory Domain Services;
28.1 Preinstallation considerations for Active Directory;
28.2 Installing Active Directory Domain Services;
28.3 Cloning virtualized domain controllers;
28.4 Uninstalling Active Directory;
28.5 Creating and managing organizational units;
28.6 Delegating the administration of domains and OUs;
Chapter 29: Deploying Read-only Domain Controllers;
29.1 Introducing read-only domain controllers;
29.2 Design considerations for read-only replication;
29.3 Installing RODCs;
29.4 Managing Password Replication Policy;
Chapter 30: Managing Users, Groups, and Computers;
30.1 Managing domain user accounts;
30.2 Maintaining user accounts;
30.3 Managing groups;
30.4 Managing computer accounts;
30.5 Recovering deleted accounts;
Chapter 31: Managing Group Policy;
31.1 Understanding Group Policy;
31.2 Implementing Group Policy;
31.3 Managing Group Policy through delegation;
31.4 Managing Group Policy inheritance and processing;
31.5 Using scripts in Group Policy;
31.6 Applying Group Policy through security templates;
31.7 Maintaining and troubleshooting Group Policy;
Chapter 32: Active Directory Site Administration;
32.1 Managing sites and subnets;
32.2 Managing site links and intersite replication;
32.3 Monitoring and troubleshooting replication;
Index to Troubleshooting Topics;

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