Windows Server Cookbook

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This practical reference guide offers hundreds of useful tasks for managing Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003, Microsoft's latest and greatest server. Through concise, on-the-job solutions to common problems, Windows Server Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 & Windows 2000 is certain to save you hours of time searching for answers.

Now, instead of dredging reams of Microsoft documentation or browsing its unstructured knowledge base to figure out a particular issue—such as ...

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Overview

This practical reference guide offers hundreds of useful tasks for managing Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003, Microsoft's latest and greatest server. Through concise, on-the-job solutions to common problems, Windows Server Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 & Windows 2000 is certain to save you hours of time searching for answers.

Now, instead of dredging reams of Microsoft documentation or browsing its unstructured knowledge base to figure out a particular issue—such as how to compare registry values between two hosts—you can simply reference the index of Windows Server Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 & Windows 2000. From there, you'll be directed to the exact trouble-shooting recipe they need.

As the newest title in O'Reilly's popular Cookbook series, this book covers a wide range of issues that you are likely to face in your daily management of the Windows Server operating system. This includes how to deal with:

  • files
  • event logs
  • DNS
  • DHCP
  • security
  • the registry
  • backup/restore

One of the book's key benefits is the presentation of solutions in three different recipe formats. Depending on preference, you can solve most problems with the graphical user interface, the command line, or by using scripts. Where appropriate, all three solutions are presented for each recipe in this book. Each recipe also includes a detailed discussion that explains how and why it works.

Windows Server Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 & Windows 2000 is written for all levels of system administrators on Windows servers. If you're a relatively new user with only a rudimentary understanding of the job, the book can open your eyes to the many possibilities that await. And if you're an advanced user, it can serve as a useful reference and memory-jogger.

Download the code examples from this book. The complete set of examples is available at: http://www.rallenhome.com/books/​winsckbk/code.html.

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Simply want to know how to get it done on Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server? Can’t remember where that crucial dialog box command is buried? Looking for the right Terminal command? Want a script you can quickly customize to automate some annoying task? This is your book.

You’ll find recipes for everything from compressing disk volumes to restoring DHCP databases. Want to manually install IIS on Windows Server 2003? Create an IIS application pool? Disable the (crackable) LM password hash? Resize event logs? View processes with open registry keys? Automate DNS server configuration? Back up SSL certificates? Run tasks via Group Policy? Configure system failure options? Perform an action on several files at once? There are plenty of ways to learn about tasks like these. But if you want a reliable solution fast, look here first. Bill Camarda, from the May 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596006334
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/23/2005
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Robbie Allen is a Senior Systems Architect in the Advanced Services Technology Group at Cisco Systems. He was instrumental in the deployment and automation of Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP at Cisco. Robbie enjoys working on the Unix and Windows platforms, especially when Perl is installed. He is a firm believer that all system administrators should be proficient in at least one scripting language and most of his writings preach the benefits of automation. Robbie has a web site at www.rallenhome.com.

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: System Configuration

Chapter 3: Disks, Drives, and Volumes

Chapter 4: Files, Folders, and Shares

Chapter 5: Running and Scheduling Tasks

Chapter 6: Processes

Chapter 7: Services

Chapter 8: Event Logs

Chapter 9: Registry

Chapter 10: Network Configuration

Chapter 11: Security Best Practices

Chapter 12: Internet Information Services 6.0

Chapter 13: Domain Name System (DNS)

Chapter 14: DHCP Server

Chapter 15: Active Directory

Chapter 16: Domain User, Group, and Computer Accounts

Chapter 17: Exchange Server 2003

Appendix A: Introduction to WSH

Appendix B: Introduction to WMI

Appendix C: Introduction to ADSI

Appendix D: List of Default Environment Variables

Appendix E: List of Default Processes

Appendix F: List of Default Services

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2005

    THE JOY OF COOKING WITH WINDOWS SERVER

    Do you have to with Windows Server on a day-to-day basis? If you do, this book is for you! Author Robbie Allen, has done an outstanding job of writing a great reference book with many recipes. Allen begins by setting the stage for the rest of the book, by covering where you can find the tools used in this book. Next, the author covers some basic configuration tasks that most administrators will need to do after installing a server. Then, he delves into disk quotas, converting between disk types, creating drives, mapping drives, and managing volumes. The author continues by discussing file and folder manipulation, creating shortcuts and links, modifying file properties, and managing share points. In addition, the author next provides the primary ways that you can run and schedule tasks on the Windows Server. He also discusses, both basic and advanced process management. Next, the author discusses the starting and stopping of services, running scripts as service, searching for services, and viewing various service properties. Then, he covers how to create and view events, create and manage event logs, and search event logs. The author continues by covering basic registry administration. He also discusses tasks related to configuring network adapters, viewing network configuration, viewing network traffic, and installing IPv6 support. Next, the author walks you through several tasks related to securing Windows Server 2003, including auditing, screensaver locking, creating strong passwords, and disabling unused accounts. Then, he covers basic IIS 6.0 administration, including installing IIS, creating web and FTP sites, enabling SSL, and running executable content. The author continues by discussing the installation and maintenance of the DNS Server, including creating and viewing zones, creating resource records, converting a zone to be AD-integrated, scavenging old resource records, and enabling debug logging. He also covers installing the DHCP Server, authorizing a DHCP Sever, configuring server options, creating scopes, viewing and managing leases, and maintaining a DHCP. Next, the author walks you through the basic Active Directory administration, including creating a forest, raising the functional level, backing up and restoring of Active Directory, searching a domain, creating and modifying objects, importing and exporting objects, finding and managing FSMO role holders, and managing trusts. Then, he covers how to create, modify, and configure user, group, and computer objects in Active Directory. Finally, he covers some basic tasks related to installing and configuring Exchange. With the preceding in mind, the author has also done an excellent job of writing a book that can be really beneficial to programmers who want to accomplish various tasks in an application. So, for those of you without much of a programming background, the VBScript solutions are straightforward and should be easy to follow and expand on!

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