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Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

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Windows Server 2008 R2 is the second release of Windows Server 2008. It isn’t a completely new release, but rather adds additional features and refinements to the existing release. In this book, the authors focus on new features and refinements in R2. It is assumed you have at least a general knowledge of Windows Server, and that you have some familiarity with Windows Server 2008, although the authors don’t assume you’re actively running Windows Server 2008. Where an R2 feature is a refinement of a feature that was new in Windows Server 2008, background is provided on the Windows Server 2008 feature to provide context.

This book is targeted primarily at Windows server administrators who are responsible for hands-on deployment and day-to-day management of Windows-based servers for large organizations, such as those who manage file and print servers, network infrastructure servers, Web servers, and IT application servers.

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing Windows Server® 2008 R2
  2. Dedication
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Introduction
    1. Who This Book Is For
    2. What This Book Is About
    3. Support for This Book
    4. We Want to Hear from You
  5. 1. What’s New in Windows Server R2
    1. What Is R2?
      1. Release Cadence
      2. Licensing and Packaging Changes
    2. The Focus for R2
      1. Virtualization
      2. Management
      3. Scalability
      4. Web
      5. Networking and Access
      6. Better Together with Windows 7
    3. Top Reasons to Upgrade
    4. Themes Visited Throughout the Book
      1. Best Practice Analyzers
      2. Windows PowerShell 2.0
  6. 2. Installation and Configuration: Adding R2 to Your World
    1. System Requirements and Scalability
      1. Processors and Memory
      2. Power Consumption
      3. Clustering
      4. Scalability
        1. Increased Workload Support by Scaling Out
    2. Installation
      1. Schema Updates
      2. Installation Process
    3. Configuration
      1. Role-Based Configuration
      2. Server Manager
      3. Adding Roles, Role Services, and Features
    4. Windows Server Core
      1. Configuring Server Core
      2. Managing Server Core
  7. 3. Hyper-V: Scaling and Migrating Virtual Machines
    1. The Strategic Role of Virtualization
    2. Licensing
    3. Deploying and Managing Virtual Machines
      1. Hyper-V Manager Console
        1. Creating a New Virtual Machine
      2. Configuring Settings for a VM
      3. Windows PowerShell Cmdlets
      4. SCVMM 2008 R2
        1. Storage Migration
        2. Queuing of Live Migrations
        3. Rapid Provisioning
        4. Host-Compatibility Checks
        5. Third-Party Storage Support
        6. Built on Windows PowerShell
    4. Managing Virtual Machine Storage
    5. Live Migration
      1. Live Migration Compared to Quick Migration
      2. Configuring a VM for Live Migration
        1. Create a Failover Cluster
        2. Enable Cluster Shared Volumes on the Cluster
        3. Assign Cluster Storage to be CSV
        4. Create a New VM Using the Failover Cluster Manager
      3. Optimizing Virtual Machine Performance
        1. Scalability Improvements in VM Performance
        2. Networking Improvements in VM Performance
  8. 4. Remote Desktop Services and VDI: Centralizing Desktop and Application Management
    1. (Re)introducing Remote Desktop Services and VDI
      1. Providing a Rich Remote Desktop
      2. Remote Desktop Administration and Management
        1. Windows PowerShell Module
      3. Windows 7 and RDS (Better Together)
        1. Improved User Experience
        2. RAD Control Panel
        3. Configuring RemoteApp and Desktop Connection
    2. Enabling VDI
    3. Integrating Remote and Local Applications with RemoteApp
    4. Working Over the Web: Web Access
    5. Licensing
      1. License Server Assignment and Activation
      2. Virtual Desktop Licensing
  9. 5. Active Directory: Improving and Automating Identity and Access
    1. Using Windows PowerShell with Active Directory
      1. Using Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell
        1. Importing the Active Directory Module
        2. Using the Active Directory Module Cmdlets
      2. Active Directory Administrative Center: Better Interactive Administration
        1. Creating Objects
        2. Customizing the Interface
      3. Introducing Active Directory Web Services
      4. Remote Active Directory Administration with Windows PowerShell Cmdlets
        1. Installing Remote Server Administration Tools with the Add Features Wizard
        2. Installing Remote Server Administration Tools with Windows PowerShell
        3. Installing Remote Server Administration Tools with Servercmd.exe
        4. Installing Remote Server Administration Tools on Windows 7
    2. Selecting Functional Levels in Windows Server 2008 R2
      1. Using the Windows Server 2008 R2 Forest Functional Level
      2. Using the Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Functional Level
    3. Active Directory Recycle Bin: Recovering Deleted Objects
      1. Understanding Windows Server 2008 R2 Object Recovery
      2. Enabling the Active Directory Recycle Bin
      3. Using the Active Directory Recycle Bin
    4. Offline Domain Join: Securing and Facilitating Deployment
    5. Service Accounts
    6. Best Practices Analyzer
  10. 6. The File Services Role
    1. Using the File Classification Infrastructure
      1. Introducing the FCI Components
      2. Creating FCI Classification Properties
      3. Creating FCI Classification Rules
      4. Performing File Management Tasks
    2. Using BranchCache
      1. Understanding BranchCache Communications
      2. Configuring a BranchCache Server
        1. Enabling Hash Publication
        2. Configuring File Shares to Support BranchCache
      3. Configuring BranchCache Clients
      4. Configuring a Hosted Cache Mode Server
    3. Introducing Distributed File System Improvements
  11. 7. IIS 7.5: Improving the Web Application Platform
    1. Installing IIS 7.5
      1. Using Microsoft Web Platform Installer
      2. Using the IIS Web Deployment Tool
    2. Using New IIS Services
      1. Using IIS WebDAV
      2. Using FTP Server
    3. Hosting Applications with IIS 7.5
      1. Running ASP.NET Applications
      2. FastCGI Support in IIS 7.5
      3. Using Managed Service Accounts
    4. Managing IIS 7.5
      1. Automating IIS Administration with Windows PowerShell
        1. Using the IIS PowerShell Provider
        2. Using Low-Level Configuration Cmdlets
        3. Using Task-Oriented Cmdlets
      2. Using IIS Administration Pack Extensions
        1. Using Configuration Editor
        2. Using Request Filtering
      3. Creating IP Address Restrictions
      4. Using Configuration Tracing
      5. Using Best Practices Analyzer
      6. Using New Performance Counters
    5. Accessing IIS Resources on the Internet
  12. 8. DirectAccess and Network Policy Server
    1. Introducing DirectAccess
      1. IPv6 and IPsec
      2. Understanding the DirectAccess Connection Process
    2. Deploying DirectAccess
      1. Choosing an Access Model
      2. DirectAccess Server Requirements
      3. DirectAccess Client Requirements
      4. DirectAccess Infrastructure Requirements
      5. Configuring DirectAccess
    3. Using VPN Reconnect
    4. New Features in Network Policy Server
      1. Configuring NPS Logging
      2. Using NPS Templates
      3. Migrating IAS Configuration Settings
  13. 9. Other Features and Enhancements
    1. Using Windows Server Backup
      1. Backing Up Selected Files and Folders
      2. Selecting a Backup Destination
      3. Creating Incremental Backups
      4. Backing Up the System State
      5. Backing Up Hyper-V
        1. Running Hyper-V Host Server Backups
        2. Running Internal Virtual Machine Backups
      6. Backing Up from the Command Line
        1. Backing Up with Wbadmin.exe
        2. Backing Up with Windows PowerShell
    2. BitLocker ToGo
  14. Index
  15. Copyright