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Mastering Windows Server 2012 R2

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Check out the new Hyper-V, find new and easier ways to remotely connect back into the office, or learn all about Storage Spaces—these are just a few of the features in Windows Server 2012 R2 that are explained in this updated edition from Windows authority Mark Minasi and a team of Windows Server experts led by Kevin Greene. This book gets you up to speed on all of the new features and functions of Windows Server, and includes real-world scenarios to put them in perspective. If you're a system administrator upgrading to, migrating to, or managing Windows Server 2012 R2, find what you need to do the job in this complete resource.

Learn all about:

  • Installing or upgrading to and managing Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Understanding Microsoft NIC teams 2012 and PowerShell

  • Setting up via GUI or updated Server Core 2012

  • Migrating, merging, and modifying your Active Directory

  • Managing address spaces with IPAM

  • Understanding new shared storage, storage spaces, and better tools

  • Controlling access to file shares—a new and improved approach

  • Using and administering Remote Desktop, Virtual Desktop, and Hyper-V

  • Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Contents
    3. Title
    4. Copyright
    5. Acknowledgments
    6. About the Authors
    7. Introduction
    8. Chapter 1: What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2
      1. Windows Server 2012 R2 Introduction
      2. Windows Server Editions
      3. Desktop Changes
      4. Active Directory Changes
      5. Virtualization
      6. Networking Changes
      7. Management Tools
      8. File and Print Sharing
      9. Web-based Services
    9. Chapter 2: Installing and Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2
      1. What Has Changed?
      2. Installing the Operating System
      3. Using Server Manager to Configure Your Servers
      4. Upgrading Active Directory
      5. Unattended Installations
      6. Installing a Sample Server Network for This Book’s Examples
      7. The Bottom Line
    10. Chapter 3: Introduction to Server Core
      1. What’s New in Server Core
      2. Installing Server Core
      3. Server Core Survival Guide
      4. Initial Configurations for Server Core
      5. Administering Server Core Remotely
      6. Configuring Roles and Features
      7. The Bottom Line
    11. Chapter 4: Windows Server 2012 R2 Networking Enhancements
      1. The Journey to IPv6
      2. Better Networking Manageability with PowerShell
      3. Microsoft NIC Teaming
      4. Configuring NIC Teaming
      5. Enhanced QoS
      6. 802.1X Authenticated Access
      7. BranchCache Improved
      8. Managing Network Performance
      9. The Bottom Line
    12. Chapter 5: IP Address Management and DHCP Failover
      1. IPAM
      2. IPAM Installation
      3. Using IPAM
      4. IPAM Delegation
      5. IPAM Troubleshooting
      6. DHCP Failover
      7. Installing DHCP Failover
      8. The Bottom Line
    13. Chapter 6: DNS and Name Resolution in Windows Server 2012 R2
      1. Understanding the DNS Server Role
      2. Installing DNS
      3. Understanding Active Directory’s DNS
      4. Supporting Internet-based DNS Resolution
      5. Administration and Troubleshooting with DNS Tools
      6. The Bottom Line
    14. Chapter 7: Active Directory in Windows Server 2012
      1. An Introduction and Active Directory Basics
      2. Fine-grained Password Policies
      3. SYSVOL: Old and NEW
      4. Upgrading Your Active Directory
      5. Using Microsoft’s Free Migration Tool: ADMT
      6. An Introduction to Windows Azure Active Directory
      7. Overview of Workplace Join
      8. The Bottom Line
    15. Chapter 8: Creating and Managing User Accounts
      1. Creating and Managing User Accounts
      2. Managing Groups
      3. Monday Morning Admin Tasks
      4. Using the New Features for User and Group Management
      5. Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell
      6. The Bottom Line
    16. Chapter 9: Group Policy: AD’s Gauntlet and Active Directory Delegation
      1. Group Policy Concepts
      2. Group Policy Basics
      3. Local Policies and Group Policy Objects
      4. Creating GPOs
      5. Modifying Group Policy Default Behavior
      6. Group Policy Application
      7. Group Policy Setting Possibilities
      8. The New and Improved GPMC
      9. Troubleshooting Group Policies
      10. Active Directory Delegation
      11. Delegating Control Using Organizational Units
      12. Advanced Delegation: Manually Setting Permissions
      13. Finding Out Which Delegations Have Been Set, or Undelegating
      14. The Bottom Line
    17. Chapter 10: Active Directory Federation Services
      1. Understanding AD FS Key Components and Terminology
      2. Planning, Installing, and Configuring an AD FS Infrastructure
      3. The Bottom Line
    18. Chapter 11: Shared Storage and Clustering Introduction
      1. Shared Storage Basics
      2. Clustering
      3. Clusters and Virtualization
      4. Setting Up a Cluster
      5. The Bottom Line
    19. Chapter 12: Windows 2012 R2 Storage: Storage Spaces, SANish Abilities, and Better Tools
      1. What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage?
      2. In-depth Look at Storage Spaces
      3. Creating a Storage Space
      4. iSCSI on Storage Spaces
      5. NFS Shares
      6. Deduplication: Disk and Network
      7. The Bottom Line
    20. Chapter 13: Files, Folders, and Basic Shares
      1. Understanding the File and Storage Services Role
      2. Creating Shares
      3. Managing Permissions
      4. Connecting to Shares
      5. File Server Resource Manager
      6. Understanding SMB 3.0
      7. Implementing BitLocker
      8. Using Offline Files/Client-Side Caching
      9. The Bottom Line
    21. Chapter 14: Creating and Managing Shared Folders
      1. Creating Shared Folders
      2. Managing Permissions
      3. Working with Hidden Shares
      4. Exploring the Distributed File System
      5. Exploring the Network File System
      6. The Bottom Line
    22. Chapter 15: Dynamic Access Control: File Shares, Reimagined
      1. A New Way to Secure File Shares
      2. DAC Players: User, Device, Resources, and Claims
      3. Enabling DAC
      4. Claims—Using Different Attributes
      5. Classification
      6. The Bottom Line
    23. Chapter 16: Sharing Printers on Windows Server 2012 R2 Networks
      1. Print Services Overview
      2. Installing the Print and Document Services Role
      3. PowerShell Cmdlets Reference
      4. Deploying Printers to the Masses
      5. Adjusting Print Server Settings
      6. Managing Printer Properties
      7. Managing Print Jobs
      8. Using Custom Filters
      9. Troubleshooting Printer Problems
      10. The Bottom Line
    24. Chapter 17: Remote Server Administration
      1. Remote Desktop for Administration
      2. Windows Remote Management Service
      3. Remote Server Administration Tools
      4. The Bottom Line
    25. Chapter 18: Connecting Windows and Mac Clients
      1. What to Know Before You Begin
      2. Verifying Your Network Configuration
      3. Joining the Domain
      4. Changing Domain User Passwords
      5. Connecting to Network Resources
      6. Connecting Mac OS X Clients
      7. The Bottom Line
    26. Chapter 19: Web Server Management with IIS
      1. What’s New in IIS 8.0 and 8.5
      2. Installing IIS 8
      3. Website Provisioning
      4. Hosting Multiple Websites
      5. Installing and Configuring SMTP
      6. Integrating FTP into IIS 8 Web Pages
      7. Advanced Administration
      8. The Bottom Line
    27. Chapter 20: Advanced IP: Routing with Windows
      1. The Life of an IP Packet
      2. From Classes to Classless
      3. Sockets, Ports, and Winsock
      4. Testing and Troubleshooting
      5. The Bottom Line
    28. Chapter 21: Getting from the Office to the Road: VPNs
      1. Introducing VPNs
      2. Understanding the Tunneling Protocols
      3. Using the Network Policy and Access Services Role
      4. Using the Remote Access Role
      5. Introducing DirectAccess
      6. Installing DirectAccess
      7. Managing DirectAccess
      8. The Bottom Line
    29. Chapter 22: Adding More Locations: Sites in Active Directory
      1. Mastering Site Concepts
      2. Exploring Sites
      3. Configuring Intersite Replication
      4. Configuring Clients to Access the Next Closest Site
      5. Using PowerShell
      6. The Bottom Line
    30. Chapter 23: The Third DC: Understanding Read-only Domain Controllers
      1. Introducing RODCs
      2. Installing the RODC
      3. DNS on the RODC
      4. The Bottom Line
    31. Chapter 24: Creating Larger Active Directory Environments: Beyond One Domain
      1. The Foundations of Multiple-Domain Designs
      2. Planning Your Active Directory Environment
      3. Creating Multiple Domains
      4. Functional Levels
      5. FSMOs and GCs
      6. Trusts
      7. The Bottom Line
    32. Chapter 25: Migrating, Merging, and Modifying Your Active Directory
      1. Upgrade and Migration Strategies
      2. Using Microsoft’s Free Migration Tool: ADMT
      3. The Bottom Line
    33. Chapter 26: Advanced User Account Management and User Support
      1. Experiencing the Flexible Desktop
      2. Configuring Home Directories
      3. Creating Roaming Profiles
      4. Managing Roaming Profiles
      5. Redirecting Folders
      6. Work Folders
      7. Managing the Desktop Using Group Policy
      8. Managing Users with Group Policy Preferences and Logon Scripts
      9. The Bottom Line
    34. Chapter 27: Server Virtualization with Hyper-V
      1. Understanding Server Virtualization
      2. What’s New in Hyper-V 2012 R2?
      3. Understanding the Hyper-V Architecture
      4. Installing and Configuring Hyper-V
      5. Understanding Virtual Disks
      6. Understanding Virtual Switches
      7. Getting Started with Virtual Machines
      8. The Bottom Line
    35. Chapter 28: Managing Virtual Machines
      1. Domain Controllers and Hyper-V
      2. Moving VMs: Export and Import
      3. VM Maintenance
      4. Disaster Recovery
      5. Online Resources for Hyper-V
      6. The Bottom Line
    36. Chapter 29: Installing, Using, and Administering Remote Desktop Services
      1. Who Needs Remote Desktop Services?
      2. Understanding the Remote Desktop Services Processing Model
      3. Server and Client Requirements
      4. Adding Remote Desktop Services
      5. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
      6. Monitoring Remote Desktop Services
      7. The Bottom Line
    37. Chapter 30: Monitoring Windows Server 2012 R2
      1. Using Server Manager to Monitor Multiple Servers
      2. Utilizing the Best Practice Analyzers
      3. Monitoring Your System with Event Viewer
      4. Subscribing to Event Logs
      5. Troubleshooting Event Forwarding
      6. Monitoring Performance
      7. PAL and PerfView
      8. Advanced Monitoring with System Center 2012 R2
      9. The Bottom Line
    38. Chapter 31: Patch Management
      1. What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server Update Services
      2. Installation and Configuration of Patch Management
      3. Deploying Updates and Migration for Windows Server Update Services
      4. The Bottom Line
    39. Chapter 32: Windows Server 2012 R2 and Active Directory Backup and Maintenance
      1. Introducing Windows Server Backup
      2. Stopping and Restarting Active Directory
      3. Capturing Active Directory Snapshots
      4. Backing Up and Restoring Active Directory
      5. The Bottom Line
    40. Appendix: The Bottom Line