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Windows Server 2008 Unleashed

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Windows Server 2008 Unleashed covers the planning, design, prototype testing, implementation, migration, administration, and support of a Windows 2008 and Active Directory environment, based on more than three and a half years of early adopter experience in full production environments. This book addresses not only what is new with Windows 2008 compared to previous versions of the Windows Server product, but also what is different and how the similarities and differences affect an organization’s migration to Windows 2008. Chapters are dedicated to the migration process from Windows 2000/2003 to Windows 2008, how to properly use Group Policies in Windows 2008, and tips and tricks on managing and administering a Windows 2008 environment.

The authors cover the technologies new to Windows 2008, such as IPv6, Network Access Protection (NAP), Network Policy Server (NPS), Terminal Services Remote Programs, Windows Deployment Services (WDS), Hyper-V virtualization, and more! This book doesn’t just describe the features and functions included in Windows 2008--there are notes throughout the book explaining how organizations have successfully used the technologies to fulfill core business needs. Tips, tricks, and best practices share lessons learned from hundreds of implementations of Windows 2008 in real-world environments.

Detailed information on how to…

  • Plan and migrate from Windows 2000/2003 to Windows 2008

  • Leverage new tools and utilities that simplify system and network administration functions

  • Enable the latest security technologies to improve secured enterprise computing

  • Better manage a Windows 2008 Active Directory environment

  • Optimize a Windows 2008 environment for better scalability and enhanced performance

  • Implement Windows 2008 for better branch office and remote office integration

  • Design a Windows 2008 environment to support the latest in clustering, stretched clusters, fault tolerance, and redundant systems technologies

  • Take advantage of add-on technologies available for Windows 2008, including Windows SharePoint Services, Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization, Windows Media Services, and IIS 7 web server solutions

  • Rand, Michael, Ross, and Chris work for Convergent Computing, an IT consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay area that has three and a half years of early adopter experience with Windows 2008. In collaboration with co-author Omar Droubi, the authors helped organizations of all sizes plan, migrate, implement, and test Windows 2008 in production environments. The book was written from direct experiences where Windows 2008 was put into enterprise production environments focused to meet specific strategic business requirements.

    Category: Windows Server

    Covers: Windows Server 2008

    User Level: Intermediate--Advanced

    Introduction xlix

    Part I: Windows Server 2008 Overview

    1: Windows Server 2008 Technology Primer 3

    2: Planning, Prototyping, Migrating, and Deploying Windows Server 2008 Best Practices 39

    3: Installing Windows Server 2008 and Server Core 73

    Part II: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory

    4: Active Directory Domain Services Primer 105

    5: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Active Directory 139

    6: Designing Organizational Unit and Group Structure 165

    7: Active Directory Infrastructure 185

    8: Creating Federated Forests and Lightweight Directories 217

    9: Integrating Active Directory in a UNIX Environment 235

    Part III: Networking Services

    10: Domain Name System and IPv6 251

    11: DHCP/WINS/Domain Controllers 297

    12: Internet Information Services 331

    Part IV: Security

    13: Server-Level Security 375

    14: Transport-Level Security 399

    15: Security Policies, Network Policy Server, and Network Access Protection 415

    Part V: Migrating to Windows Server 2008

    16: Migrating from Windows 2000/2003 to Windows Server 2008 439

    17: Compatibility Testing for Windows Server 2008 473

    Part VI: Windows Server 2008 Administration and Management

    18: Windows Server 2008 Administration 499

    19: Windows Server 2008 Group Policies and Policy Management 533

    20: Windows Server 2008 Management and Maintenance Practices 581

    21: Automating Tasks Using PowerShell Scripting 639

    22: Documenting a Windows Server 2008 Environment 685

    23: Integrating Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 with Windows Server 2008 715

    Part VII: Remote and Mobile Technologies

    24: Server-to-Client Remote and Mobile Access 737

    25: Terminal Services 783

    Part VIII: Desktop Administration

    26: Windows Server Administration Tools for Desktops 839

    27: Group Policy Management for Network Clients 865

    Part IX: Fault Tolerance Technologies

    28: File System Management and Fault Tolerance 935

    29: System-Level Fault Tolerance (Clustering/Network Load Balancing) 993

    30: Backing Up the Windows Server 2008 Environment 1043

    31: Recovering from a Disaster 1077

    Part X: Optimizing, Tuning, Debugging, and Problem Solving

    32: Optimizing Windows Server 2008 for Branch Office Communications 1111

    33: Logging and Debugging 1145

    34: Capacity Analysis and Performance Optimization 1189

    Part XI: Integrated Windows Application Services

    35: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 1233

    36: Windows Media Services 1281

    37: Deploying and Using Windows Virtualization 1313

    Index 1339

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Contents at a Glance
    4. Table of Contents
    5. About the Authors
    6. Dedication
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. We Want to Hear from You!
    9. Reader Services
    10. Introduction
    11. Part I: Windows Server 2008 Overview
      1. Chapter 1. Windows Server 2008 Technology Primer
      2. Chapter 2. Planning, Prototyping, Migrating, and Deploying Windows Server 2008 Best Practices
      3. Chapter 3. Installing Windows Server 2008 and Server Core
    12. Part II: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
      1. Chapter 4. Active Directory Domain Services Primer
      2. Chapter 5. Designing a Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
      3. Chapter 6. Designing Organizational Unit and Group Structure
      4. Chapter 7. Active Directory Infrastructure
      5. Chapter 8. Creating Federated Forests and Lightweight Directories
      6. Chapter 9. Integrating Active Directory in a UNIX Environment
    13. Part III: Networking Services
      1. Chapter 10. Domain Name System and IPv6
      2. Chapter 11. DHCP/WINS/Domain Controllers
      3. Chapter 12. Internet Information Services
    14. Part IV: Security
      1. Chapter 13. Server-Level Security
      2. Chapter 14. Transport-Level Security
      3. Chapter 15. Security Policies, Network Policy Server, and Network Access Protection
    15. Part V: Migrating to Windows Server 2008
      1. Chapter 16. Migrating from Windows 2000/2003 to Windows Server 2008
      2. Chapter 17. Compatibility Testing for Windows Server 2008
    16. Part VI: Windows Server 2008 Administration and Management
      1. Chapter 18. Windows Server 2008 Administration
      2. Chapter 19. Windows Server 2008 Group Policies and Policy Management
      3. Chapter 20. Windows Server 2008 Management and Maintenance Practices
      4. Chapter 21. Automating Tasks Using PowerShell Scripting
      5. Chapter 22. Documenting a Windows Server 2008 Environment
      6. Chapter 23. Integrating System Center Operations Manager 2007 with Windows Server 2008
    17. Part VII: Remote and Mobile Technologies
      1. Chapter 24. Server-to-Client Remote and Mobile Access
      2. Chapter 25. Terminal Services
    18. Part VIII: Desktop Administration
      1. Chapter 26. Windows Server Administration Tools for Desktops
      2. Chapter 27. Group Policy Management for Network Clients
    19. Part IX: Fault Tolerance Technologies
      1. Chapter 28. File System Management and Fault Tolerance
      2. Chapter 29. System-Level Fault Tolerance (Clustering/Network Load Balancing)
      3. Chapter 30. Backing Up the Windows Server 2008 Environment
      4. Chapter 31. Recovering from a Disaster
    20. Part X: Optimizing, Tuning, Debugging, and Problem Solving
      1. Chapter 32. Optimizing Windows Server 2008 for Branch Office Communications
      2. Chapter 33. Logging and Debugging
      3. Chapter 34. Capacity Analysis and Performance Optimization
    21. Part XI: Integrated Windows Application Services
      1. Chapter 35. Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
      2. Chapter 36. Windows Media Services
      3. Chapter 37. Deploying and Using Windows Virtualization
    22. Index