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Windows Server 2012 R2 Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration

Book Description

Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for administering configuration and core functionality in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Introduction
    1. Who is this book for?
    2. How this book is organized
    3. Conventions used in this book
    4. Other resources
    5. Errata and book support
    6. We want to hear from you
    7. Stay in touch
  3. 1. Windows Server 2012 R2 administration
    1. Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1
    2. Getting to know Windows Server 2012 R2
      1. Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2
      2. Working with Windows Server 2012 R2
    3. Power management options
    4. Networking tools and protocols
      1. Understanding networking options
      2. Working with networking protocols
    5. Domain controllers, member servers, and domain services
      1. Working with Active Directory
      2. Using read-only domain controllers
      3. Using restartable Active Directory Domain Services
    6. Name-resolution services
      1. Using Domain Name System
      2. Using Windows Internet Name Service
      3. Using Link-Local Multicast Name Resolution
    7. Frequently used tools
      1. Windows PowerShell
      2. Windows Remote Management
        1. Enabling and using WinRM
        2. Configuring WinRM
  4. 2. Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2
    1. Server roles, role services, and features for Windows Server 2012 R2
    2. Full-server, minimal-interface, and Server Core installations
      1. Navigating Server Core
    3. Installing Windows Server 2012 R2
      1. Performing a clean installation
      2. Performing an upgrade installation
      3. Performing additional administration tasks during installation
        1. Using the command line during installation
        2. Forcing disk partition removal during installation
        3. Loading disk device drivers during installation
        4. Creating, formatting, deleting, and extending disk partitions during installation
          1. Creating Disk Partitions During Installation
          2. Formatting Disk Partitions During Installation
          3. Deleting Disk Partitions During Installation
          4. Extending Disk Partitions During Installation
      4. Changing the installation type
        1. Converting full-server and minimal-interface installations
        2. Converting Server Core installations
  5. 3. Managing Windows servers
    1. Managing roles, role services, and features
      1. Performing initial configuration tasks
      2. Navigating Server Manager essentials and binaries
      3. Managing your servers remotely
      4. Connecting to and working with remote servers
      5. Adding and removing roles, role services, and features
    2. Managing system properties
      1. Configuring server name and domain membership
      2. Configuring driver installation options
      3. Configuring memory and performance options
        1. Setting Windows performance
        2. Setting application performance
        3. Configuring virtual memory
        4. Configuring Data Execution Prevention
          1. Using and Configuring Dep
          2. Adding and Removing Programs as Exceptions
        5. Understanding DEP compatibility
        6. Configuring system and user environment variables
          1. Creating an Environment Variable
          2. Editing an Environment Variable
          3. Deleting an Environment Variable
        7. Configuring system startup and recovery
          1. Setting Startup Options
          2. Setting Recovery Options
  6. 4. Monitoring services, processes, and events
    1. Managing applications, processes, and performance
      1. Getting started with Task Manager
      2. Viewing and working with processes
      3. Administering processes
      4. Viewing system services
      5. Viewing and managing system performance
        1. CPU usage: the basics
        2. Memory usage: the basics
        3. Network usage: the basics
      6. Viewing and managing remote user sessions
    2. Managing system services
      1. Navigating services in Server Manager
      2. Navigating services in Computer Management
      3. Starting, stopping, and pausing services
      4. Configuring service startup
      5. Configuring service logon
      6. Configuring service recovery
      7. Disabling unnecessary services
      8. Troubleshooting services
    3. Event logging and viewing
      1. Accessing events in Server Manager
      2. Accessing events in Event Viewer
      3. Filtering event logs
      4. Setting event log options
      5. Clearing event logs
      6. Archiving event logs
        1. Archive log file types
        2. Creating log archives
        3. Viewing log archives
  7. 5. Optimizing system performance
    1. Preparing for monitoring
      1. Creating a monitoring plan
      2. Using the monitoring consoles
      3. Choosing counters to monitor
    2. Performance logging
      1. Creating and managing data collector sets
      2. Collecting performance counter data
      3. Collecting performance trace data
      4. Collecting configuration data
      5. Viewing data collector reports
      6. Configuring performance counter alerts
    3. Tuning system performance
      1. Monitoring and tuning memory usage
      2. Monitoring and tuning processor usage
      3. Monitoring and tuning disk I/O
      4. Monitoring and tuning network bandwidth and connectivity
  8. 6. Automating administrative tasks, policies, and procedures
    1. Understanding group policies
      1. Group Policy essentials
      2. In what order are multiple policies applied?
      3. When are group policies applied?
      4. Group Policy requirements and version compatibility
    2. Navigating Group Policy changes
    3. Managing local group policies
      1. Local Group Policy objects
      2. Accessing the top-level local policy settings
      3. Local Group Policy object settings
      4. Accessing administrator, nonadministrator, and user-specific local Group Policy
    4. Managing site, domain, and organizational unit policies
      1. Understanding domain and default policies
      2. Using the Group Policy Management Console
      3. Getting to know the policy editor
      4. Using administrative templates to set policies
      5. Creating and linking GPOs
      6. Creating and using starter GPOs
      7. Delegating privileges for Group Policy management
      8. Blocking, overriding, and disabling policies
    5. Maintaining and troubleshooting Group Policy
      1. Refreshing Group Policy
      2. Configuring the refresh interval
      3. Modeling Group Policy for planning purposes
      4. Copying, pasting, and importing policy objects
      5. Backing up and restoring policy objects
      6. Determining current Group Policy settings and refresh status
      7. Disabling an unused part of Group Policy
      8. Changing policy processing preferences
      9. Configuring slow-link detection
      10. Removing links and deleting GPOs
      11. Troubleshooting Group Policy
      12. Fixing default Group Policy objects
  9. 7. Using Active Directory
    1. Introducing Active Directory
      1. Active Directory and DNS
      2. Read-only domain controller deployment
      3. Features introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2
      4. Features introduced with Windows Server 2012
    2. Working with domain structures
      1. Understanding domains
      2. Understanding domain forests and domain trees
      3. Understanding organizational units
      4. Understanding sites and subnets
    3. Working with Active Directory domains
      1. Using computers with Active Directory
      2. Working with domain functional levels
        1. Using the Windows Server 2003 functional level
        2. Using the Windows Server 2008 functional level
        3. Using the Windows Server 2008 R2 functional level
        4. Using the Windows Server 2012 functional level
        5. Using the Windows Server 2012 R2 functional level
      3. Raising or lowering domain and forest functionality
    4. Understanding the directory structure
      1. Exploring the data store
      2. Exploring global catalogs
      3. Universal group membership caching
      4. Replication and Active Directory
      5. Active Directory and LDAP
      6. Understanding operations master roles
    5. Using the Active Directory Recycle Bin
      1. Preparing schema for the Recycle Bin
      2. Recovering deleted objects
        1. Using Ldp.exe for basic recovery
        2. Using Windows PowerShell for basic and advanced recovery
        3. Using the enhanced Recycle Bin for recovery
  10. 8. Core Active Directory administration
    1. Tools for managing Active Directory
      1. Active Directory administration tools
      2. Active Directory command-line tools
      3. Active Directory support tools
      4. Using Active Directory Users And Computers
      5. Active Directory Administrative Center and Windows PowerShell
    2. Managing computer accounts
      1. Creating computer accounts on a workstation or server
      2. Creating computer accounts in Active Directory Administrative Center
      3. Creating computer accounts in Active Directory Users And Computers
      4. Viewing and editing computer account properties
      5. Deleting, disabling, and enabling computer accounts
      6. Resetting locked computer accounts
      7. Moving computer accounts
      8. Managing computers
      9. Joining a computer to a domain or workgroup
      10. Using offline domain join
    3. Managing domain controllers, roles, and catalogs
      1. Installing and demoting domain controllers
      2. Viewing and transferring domainwide roles
      3. Viewing and transferring the domain naming master role
      4. Viewing and transferring schema master roles
      5. Transferring roles by using the command line
      6. Seizing roles by using the command line
      7. Configuring global catalogs
      8. Configuring universal group membership caching
    4. Managing organizational units
      1. Creating organizational units
      2. Viewing and editing organizational unit properties
      3. Renaming and deleting organizational units
      4. Moving organizational units
    5. Managing sites
      1. Creating sites
      2. Creating subnets
      3. Associating domain controllers with sites
      4. Configuring site links
      5. Configuring site link bridges
    6. Maintaining Active Directory
      1. Using ADSI Edit
      2. Examining intersite topology
    7. Troubleshooting Active Directory
  11. 9. Creating user and group accounts
    1. Windows Server security model
      1. Authentication protocols
      2. Access controls
      3. Claims-based access controls
      4. Central access policies
    2. Differences between user and group accounts
      1. User accounts
        1. Logon names, passwords, and public certificates
        2. Security identifiers and user accounts
      2. Group accounts
        1. Group types
        2. Group scope
        3. Security identifiers and group accounts
        4. When to use domain local, global, and universal groups
    3. Default user accounts and groups
      1. Built-in user accounts
      2. Predefined user accounts
        1. Administrator account
        2. Guest account
      3. Built-in and predefined groups
      4. Implicit groups and special identities
    4. Account capabilities
      1. Privileges
      2. Logon rights
      3. Built-in capabilities for groups in Active Directory
    5. Using default group accounts
      1. Groups used by administrators
      2. Implicit groups and identities
    6. User account setup and organization
      1. Account naming policies
        1. Rules for display names
        2. Rules for logon names
        3. Naming schemes
      2. Password and account policies
        1. Using secure passwords
        2. Setting account policies
    7. Configuring account policies
      1. Configuring password policies
        1. Enforce Password History
        2. Maximum Password Age
        3. Minimum Password Age
        4. Minimum Password Length
        5. Password Must Meet Complexity Requirements
        6. Store Passwords Using Reversible Encryption
      2. Configuring account lockout policies
        1. Account Lockout Threshold
        2. Account Lockout Duration
        3. Reset Account Lockout Counter After
      3. Configuring Kerberos policies
        1. Enforce User Logon Restrictions
        2. Maximum Lifetime
        3. Maximum Tolerance
      4. Configuring authentication policies
    8. Configuring user rights policies
      1. Configuring global user rights
      2. Configuring local user rights
    9. Adding a user account
      1. Creating domain user accounts
      2. Creating local user accounts
    10. Adding a group account
      1. Creating a global group
      2. Creating a local group and assigning members
    11. Handling global group membership
      1. Managing individual membership
      2. Managing multiple memberships in a group
      3. Setting the primary group for users and computers
    12. Implementing managed accounts
      1. Creating and using managed service accounts
      2. Configuring services to use managed service accounts
      3. Removing managed service accounts
      4. Moving managed service accounts
      5. Using virtual accounts
  12. 10. Managing existing user and group accounts
    1. Managing user contact information
      1. Setting contact information
      2. Searching for users and groups in Active Directory
    2. Configuring the user’s environment settings
      1. System environment variables
      2. Logon scripts
      3. Assigning home directories
    3. Setting account options and restrictions
      1. Managing logon hours
        1. Configuring logon hours
        2. Enforcing logon hours
      2. Setting permitted logon workstations
      3. Setting dial-in and VPN privileges
      4. Setting account security options
    4. Managing user profiles
      1. Local, roaming, and mandatory profiles
        1. Working with roaming and mandatory profiles
        2. Restricting roaming profiles
        3. Creating local profiles
        4. Creating roaming profiles
        5. Creating mandatory profiles
      2. Using the System utility to manage local profiles
        1. Creating a profile manually
        2. Copying an existing profile to a new user account
        3. Copying or restoring a profile
        4. Deleting a local profile and assigning a new one
        5. Changing the profile type
    5. Updating user and group accounts
      1. Renaming user and group accounts
      2. Copying domain user accounts
      3. Importing and exporting accounts
      4. Deleting user and group accounts
      5. Changing and resetting passwords
      6. Enabling user accounts
        1. Account disabled
        2. Account locked out
        3. Account expired
    6. Managing multiple user accounts
      1. Setting profiles for multiple accounts
      2. Setting logon hours for multiple accounts
      3. Setting permitted logon workstations for multiple accounts
      4. Setting logon, password, and expiration properties for multiple accounts
    7. Troubleshooting logon problems
    8. Viewing and setting Active Directory permissions
  13. A. About the author
  14. Index
  15. About the Author
  16. Copyright