Windows Server Cookbook: For Windows Server 2003 & Windows 2000 [NOOK Book]


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 ...

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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 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:​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: 9780596552602
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/18/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Robbie Allen is a technical leader at Cisco Systems, where he has been involved in the deployment of Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, and several network management solutions. He enjoys working on Unix and Windows, and his favorite programming language is Perl. Robbie was named a Windows Server MVP in 2004 and 2005 for his contributions to the Windows community and the publication of several popular O'Reilly books. Robbie is currently studying at MIT in its system design and management program. For more information, see Robbie's web site at

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 System configuration 19
3 Disks, drives, and volumes 68
4 Files, folders, and shares 100
5 Running and scheduling tasks 142
6 Processes 160
7 Services 185
8 Event logs 214
9 Registry 237
10 Network configuration 260
11 Security best practices 290
12 Internet information services 6.0 308
13 Domain name system (DNS) 373
14 DHCP server 416
15 Active directory 449
16 Domain user, group, and computer accounts 505
17 Exchange server 2003 542
A Introduction to WSH 609
B Introduction to WMI 613
C Introduction to ADSI 618
D List of default environment variables 625
E List of default processes 629
F List of default services 631
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2005


    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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