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Microsoft® Windows Server® Administration: Essentials

Book Description

The core concepts and technologies you need to administer a Windows Server OS

Administering a Windows operating system (OS) can be a difficult topic to grasp, particularly if you are new to the field of IT. This full-color resource serves as an approachable introduction to understanding how to install a server, the various roles of a server, and how server performance and maintenance impacts a network.

With a special focus placed on the new Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certificate, the straightforward, easy-to-understand tone is ideal for anyone new to computer administration looking to enter the IT field. Each chapter offers a clear and concise look at the core Windows administration concepts you need to know to gain an understanding of these difficult topics.

  • Offers a clear, no-nonsense approach to administering a Windows operating system and presents it in such a way that IT beginners will confidently comprehend the subject matter

  • Targets the MTA 98-365 exam by covering Windows Server installation, server roles, storage, and active directory infrastructure

  • Provides you with a solid foundation of various networking topics so that you can gain a strong understanding of Windows Server administration concepts

  • Includes review questions and suggested labs to further enhance your learning process

With this book by your side, you will be armed with the core concepts and technologies needed to administer a Windows Server operating system.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Publisher's Note
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the Author
  8. Introduction
    1. Who Should Read This Book
    2. What Is Covered in This Book?
  9. Chapter 1: Windows Server Overview
    1. Introducing Servers
    2. Understanding Server Roles
    3. Microsoft Windows Server Features
  10. Chapter 2: Installing Windows Servers
    1. Installation Options
    2. Upgrading Servers
    3. Using Server Core
    4. Working with Device Drivers
  11. Chapter 3: Managing Windows Server Storage
    1. Data Storage Concepts
    2. Understanding RAID
    3. Identifying Storage Technologies
    4. Understanding Disk Types
  12. Chapter 4: Administering Services
    1. Understanding Services
    2. Configuring Services
    3. Managing Services
    4. Troubleshooting Services
  13. Chapter 5: Active Directory Infrastructure
    1. Understanding Active Directory
    2. Planning for Active Directory Servers
    3. Planning a DNS Namespace
    4. Exploring Sites and Replication
  14. Chapter 6: Configuring Active Directory
    1. Planning an Active Directory Installation
    2. Installing Active Directory
  15. Chapter 7: Managing Active Directory
    1. Exploring AD Management Tools
    2. Working with Users and Groups
    3. Understanding Organizational Units and Containers
  16. Chapter 8: Group Policy Management
    1. Understanding Group Policy
    2. Defining the Group Policy Hierarchy
    3. Touring the Group Policy Management Console
    4. Creating a Group Policy Object
  17. Chapter 9: Application Servers
    1. Understanding Application Servers
    2. Database Servers
    3. Mail Servers: Using Microsoft Exchange Server
    4. Collaboration Servers
    5. Monitoring Servers
    6. Threat Management Servers
  18. Chapter 10: Internet Information Services (IIS)
    1. Understanding Web Services
    2. Internet Information Services
    3. Running an FTP Server
    4. Configuring Sites and Ports
    5. Web Server Security
  19. Chapter 11: File and Print Servers
    1. Exploring File Servers
    2. Understanding DFS
    3. Understanding Print Servers
  20. Chapter 12: Remote Access Technologies
    1. Planning for Remote Administration Tools
    2. Understanding Remote Desktop Services
  21. Chapter 13: Server Troubleshooting
    1. Introducing Troubleshooting Processes and Procedures
    2. REACTing
    3. Stepping Through the OSI Model
    4. Troubleshooting with the Hardware/Software Model
    5. Symptom, Diagnosis, and Solution
    6. Systems Thinking
    7. Troubleshooting Tools
  22. Chapter 14: Performance Tuning
    1. Performance Myths and Truths
    2. Command Prompt Tools
    3. Resource Monitor
    4. Performance Monitor
    5. Virtualization and Performance
  23. Chapter 15: Server Maintenance
    1. Maintaining the Hardware
    2. Planning for Server Downtime
    3. Understanding Windows Update
    4. Automating with Logs and Alerts
    5. Planning for Continuity
  24. Appendix A: Answers to Review Questions
    1. Chapter 1
    2. Chapter 2
    3. Chapter 3
    4. Chapter 4
    5. Chapter 5
    6. Chapter 6
    7. Chapter 7
    8. Chapter 8
    9. Chapter 9
    10. Chapter 10
    11. Chapter 11
    12. Chapter 12
    13. Chapter 13
    14. Chapter 14
    15. Chapter 15
  25. Appendix B: Microsoft’s Certification Program
    1. Certification Objectives Map
  26. Appendix C: Answers for Additional Exercises
    1. Chapter 1
    2. Answers for Additional Exercises
    3. Chapter 2
    4. Answers for Additional Exercises
    5. Chapter 3
    6. Answers for Additional Exercises
    7. Chapter 4
    8. Answers for Additional Exercises
    9. Chapter 5
    10. Answers for Additional Exercises
    11. Chapter 6
    12. Answers for Additional Exercises
    13. Chapter 7
    14. Answers for Additional Exercises
    15. Chapter 8
    16. Answers for Additional Exercises
    17. Chapter 9
    18. Answers for Additional Exercises
    19. Chapter 10
    20. Answers for Additional Exercises
    21. Chapter 11
    22. Answers for Additional Exercises
    23. Chapter 12
    24. Answers for Additional Exercises
    25. Chapter 13
    26. Answers for Additional Exercises
    27. Chapter 14
    28. Answers for Additional Exercises
    29. Chapter 15
    30. Answers for Additional Exercises
  27. Glossary
  28. Index