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Windows Server® 2008 R2 Unleashed

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed is the most comprehensive and realistic guide to planning, design, prototyping, implementation, migration, administration, and support. Based on the authors’ unsurpassed experience working with Windows Server 2008 R2 since its earliest alpha releases, it offers indispensable guidance drawn from hundreds of production environments.

Microsoft MVP Rand Morimoto and his colleagues systematically introduce Windows Server 2008 R2 to IT professionals, identifying R2’s most crucial enhancements and walking through every step of installation and configuration. Next, they present comprehensive coverage of every area of Windows Server 2008 R2, including Active Directory, networking services, security, R2 migration from Windows Server 2003 and 2008, administration, fault tolerance, optimization and troubleshooting, core application services, and more. 

The authors thoroughly address major Windows Server 2008 R2 enhancements and present extensive coverage of R2 innovations ranging from Hyper-V virtualization to DirectAccess and the enhancements in Failover Clustering. Every chapter contains tips, tricks, and best practices learned from actual deployments: practical information for using Windows Server 2008 R2 to solve real business problems.

Detailed information on how to...

  • Plan and migrate from Windows Server 2003/2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2 and use R2’s new server migration tools

  • Manage Active Directory with Active Directory Administrative Center, Best Practice Analyzer, and PowerShell scripts

  • Use R2’s updated security tools and templates to lock down servers, clients, and networks

  • Maximize availability with Windows Server 2008 R2 clustering, fault tolerance, and replication

  • Streamline client management with new Group Policy ADMX settings and management tools

  • Improve remote access using DirectAccess, Remote Desktop Services (formerly Terminal Services), and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

  • Implement Hyper-V virtualization including the built-in Live Migration technology

  • Leverage add-ons such as Windows SharePoint Services, Windows Media Services, and IIS 7.5

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedications
  4. Contents at a Glance
  5. Table of Contents
  6. About the Authors
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. We Want to Hear from You!
  9. Reader Services
  10. Introduction
  11. Part I. Windows Server 2008 R2 Overview
    1. Chapter 1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Technology Primer
    2. Chapter 2. Planning, Prototyping, Migrating, and Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 Best Practices
    3. Chapter 3. Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 and Server Core
  12. Part II. Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory
    1. Chapter 4. Active Directory Domain Services Primer
    2. Chapter 5. Designing a Windows Server 2008 R2 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 R2
    1. Chapter 16. Migrating from Windows Server 2003/2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2
    2. Chapter 17. Compatibility Testing
  16. Part VI. Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration and Management
    1. Chapter 18. Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration
    2. Chapter 19. Windows Server 2008 R2 Group Policies and Policy Management
    3. Chapter 20. Windows Server 2008 R2 Management and Maintenance Practices
    4. Chapter 21. Automating Tasks Using PowerShell Scripting
    5. Chapter 22. Documenting a Windows Server 2008 R2 Environment
    6. Chapter 23. Integrating System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 with Windows Server 2008 R2
  17. Part VII. Remote and Mobile Technologies
    1. Chapter 24. Server-to-Client Remote Access and DirectAccess
    2. Chapter 25. Remote Desktop Services
  18. Part VIII. Desktop Administration
    1. Chapter 26. Windows Server 2008 R2 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 R2 Environment
    4. Chapter 31. Recovering from a Disaster
  20. Part X. Optimizing, Tuning, Debugging, and Problem Solving
    1. Chapter 32. Optimizing Windows Server 2008 R2 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
    2. Chapter 36. Windows Media Services
    3. Chapter 37. Deploying and Using Windows Virtualization
  22. Index