Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrator

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrator's Reference

The Administrator's Essential Reference

With Microsoft still the leader in Server OS and the next release: Windows Server 2008 R2 predicted to be the biggest upgrade since Server 2003, this book will serve network and systems administrators through upgrading, migration, and implementation. This latest server release is also being timed in conjunction with Microsoft’s new desktop OS: Windows 7. Over 85% of surveyed enterprises skipped the Vista OS upgrade and plan to make the jump to Windows 7. Many of the features on Server 2008 R2 are designed to only work with Windows 7.

Paperback, 712 Pages

Published: July 2010

Imprint: Syngress

ISBN: 978-1-59749-578-3


  • CHAPTER 1 Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2
    What is new in Windows Server 2008 R2
    Virtualization (Hyper-V)
    Active Directory
    Internet Information Server 7.5
    File Classification Infrastructure
    Remote Desktop Services
    Windows Server 2008 R2 editions
    Planning a Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment
    Making the business case for Windows Server 2008 R2
    Create a project plan
    Document the existing network and server infrastructure
    Security and legal planning
    Planning for backup and disaster recovery
    Planning for licensing and activation
    Design your Windows Server 2008 R2 infrastructure
    Test your design and project plan

    CHAPTER 2 Installing and configuring Windows Server 2008 R2
    Preparing to install Windows Server 2008 R2
    Hardware requirements
    Preparing the hardware
    Choosing to upgrade or perform a custom installation
    Selecting the edition and installation option
    Installing Windows Server 2008 R2
    Installing Windows Server 2008 R2-Server Core
    Upgrading from previous Windows versions
    Performing postinstallation tasks
    Configuring initial settings
    Understanding roles and features
    Windows Server 2008 R2 roles
    Installing additional software
    Configuring disk drives
    Finalizing the configuration
    Product activation and Key Management Services
    Understanding Windows Server 2008 R2 product activation
    Overview of Key Management Services
    Designing a KMS infrastructure
    Installing and configuring KMS
    Automating the installation process
    Overview of Windows Deployment Services
    Installing and configuring WDS
    Unattended installation and automated deployment
    Administration basics
    Microsoft Management Console 101
    Overview of Server Manager
    Introduction to PowerShell
    Windows Server 2008 R2 administration tools
    Installation and Configuration Checklist

    CHAPTER 3 Windows Server 2008 R2 networking
    Overview of Windows Server 2008 R2 Networking
    Network and Sharing Center
    Redesigned TCP/IP Network Stack
    DNS enhancements
    Policy-based QoS
    SMB 2.0
    Windows Firewall
    IPv6 support
    Network awareness
    Network Access Protection
    Exploring Network and Sharing Center
    Network profiles
    Planning and Deploying a TCP/IP Network Infrastructure
    Introduction to TCP/IP
    IP addresses
    Introduction to IPv6
    Designing IP networks
    Policy-based QoS
    Routing and Remote Access
    Installing Routing and Remote Access
    Configuring Routing and Remote Access to support Remote Access VPN
    Planning and Deploying DNS
    Overview of name resolution and DNS
    DNS zones
    DNS records
    Designing a DNS infrastructure
    Deploying DNS
    Installing the DNS Server role
    Configuring DNS Servers
    Setting up DNS zones
    Dynamic DNS records
    DNS and Active Directory
    Securing DNS
    Monitoring and troubleshooting DNS
    Overview of WINS
    Planning and Deploying DHCP
    Overview of DHCP
    Planning for DHCP
    Deploying DHCP
    Administering and troubleshooting DHCP
    Network Monitoring and Troubleshooting Utilities
    Using ping, PathPing, and NSLookup
    Overview of Network Monitor

    CHAPTER 4 Feature focus: Active Directory
    What is new in active directory?
    Active Directory Recycle Bin
    Offline Domain Join
    Active Directory module for PowerShell
    Active Directory Best Practices Analyzer
    Active Directory Web Services
    Active Directory Administrative Center
    Managed service accounts
    Planning for active directory
    Active Directory basics
    Planning for Active Directory forest and domains
    Active Directory and DNS
    Planning for domain controllers
    Planning for Active Directory sites and replication
    Global Catalog servers
    Planning for operations masters
    Planning for domain and forest functional levels
    Installing and configuring Active Directory domain services
    Active directory administration basics
    Active Directory Users and Computers
    Administering user and computers
    User accounts
    Account usernames, passwords, and security policies
    Administering computer accounts
    Administering groups and organizational units
    Administering groups
    Administering organizational units
    Administering group policy
    Overview of group policy
    Creating and managing Group Policy Objects
    Troubleshooting Group Policy
    Other active directory services
    Active directory certificate services
    Planning for Active Directory Certificate Services
    Deploying Active Directory Certificate Services
    Active Directory federation services
    Planning for Active Directory Federation Services
    Deploying Active Directory Federation Services
    Active directory lightweight directory services
    Installing and configuring Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
    Active directory rights management services
    Commonly used active directory powershell commands

    CHAPTER 5 Windows Server 2008 R2 file and print services
    Overview of file and print services
    Administering file shares
    Creating shared folders
    Securing shared folders
    Publishing shared folders to Active Directory
    Administering distributed file system services
    Configuring and administering DFS Namespaces
    Configuring and administering DFS Replication
    File Server Resource manager
    Quota management
    File screening management
    Storage reports
    Classification management
    File management tasks
    Services for network file system
    Windows search service
    Branch cache for network files
    Administering print and document services
    Installing print services
    Administering a print server
    Line Printer Daemon service
    Internet Printing
    Distributed scan server

    CHAPTER 6 Internet Information Services 7.5 feature focus
    Overview of Internet Information services 7.5
    Request Filtering Module
    Best Practices Analyzer
    PowerShell Module
    Support for managed service accounts
    Planning to deploy IIS 7.5 web servers
    Installing and configuring IIS 7.5
    Administering IIS 7.5 web sites
    IIS Web sites
    Application pools
    Creating Web sites
    Administering the IIS 7.5 FTP publishing service

    CHAPTER 7 Hyper-V feature focus
    Introduction to virtualization and Hyper-V
    Hyper-V changes
    Live Migration
    Processor enhancements
    Storage enhancements
    Network enhancements
    Planning for Hyper-V
    Licensing considerations
    Hyper-V system requirements and capacity planning
    Planning for features
    Installing and administering Hyper-V
    Administering virtual networks
    Administering Hyper-V host settings
    Creating and administering Hyper-V virtual machines
    Virtual machine files
    Virtual machine disk types
    Creating and configuring a virtual machine
    Supported virtual machine operating systems
    Installing the guest operating system
    Updating virtual machine settings
    High availability, Live Migration, and snapshots
    Live Migration
    Configuring Hyper-V to support Live Migration
    Introduction to system center virtual machine manager 2008 R2
    System requirements for system center virtual machine manager

    CHAPTER 8 Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services
    Overview of remote desktop services
    What is new in remote desktop services
    Remote Desktop Session Host
    Remote Desktop Virtualization Host
    RemoteApp and Desktop Connection
    Remote Desktop Connection Broker
    Remote Desktop Gateway
    Remote Desktop Web Access
    Remote Desktop Client Experience
    Remote Desktop Services PowerShell module and Best Practices Analyzer
    Planning to deploy remote desktop services
    Installing and configuring remote desktop services
    Installing and configuring Remote Desktop Session Host
    Installing and configuring Remote Desktop Licensing
    Installing and configuring Remote Desktop Web Access
    Installing and configuring Remote Desktop Gateway
    Overview of Remote Desktop Virtualization Host
    Planning for a VDI deployment
    Installing and configuring Remote Desktop Virtualization
    Host, Connection Broker, and Session Host for VDI

    CHAPTER 9 Windows Server 2008 R2 high-availability and recovery features
    Introduction to high availability
    Failover Clusters
    Network Load Balancing Clusters
    New high-availability and recovery features
    Failover Cluster PowerShell support
    Cluster-Shared Volumes
    Improved Cluster Validation
    Support for additional cluster aware services
    Ability to backup individual files and folders
    Planning for high availability
    Understanding how Failover Clustering works
    Planning for a Failover Cluster
    Installing and administering Failover Clustering
    Failover Clustering prerequisites
    Adding Failover Clustering feature
    Configuring server networks
    Connecting cluster nodes to shared storage
    Verifying cluster configuration using the Cluster ValidationWizard
    Creating a new Failover Cluster
    Administering a Failover Cluster
    Installing and administering Network Load Balancing
    Network Load Balancing prerequisites
    Adding Network Load Balancing feature
    Creating a Network Load Balancing cluster
    Adding an additional node to the NLB cluster
    Planning for backups and disaster recovery
    Disaster recovery planning
    Installing and administering Windows backup
    Installing windows server backup
    Creating and managing backup jobs

    CHAPTER 10 Securing Windows Server 2008 R2
    Enabling AppLocker
    Configuring AppLocker
    Server Core
    Preparing for BitLocker
    Managing BitLocker
    Security Configuration Wizard
    Best practice analyzer
    BPA from PowerShell
    Encrypting file system
    EFS keys and algorithms
    File classification infrastructure
    Planning for FCI
    Configuring FCI
    Managing FCI
    Read-only domain controller
    Network policy and access services
    Active directory recycle bin
    Enabling the Active Directory Recycle Bin
    Restoring deleted Active Directory objects
    DirectAccess infrastructure requirements
    DirectAccess protocols
    Selecting a DirectAccess model

    CHAPTER 11 PowerShell V2 feature focus
    Introduction to powershell
    What is new in PowerShell V2
    Installing powershell
    Introduction to powershell scripting
    Windows server 2008 R2 powershell cmdlets
    Active Directory cmdlets
    AppLocker cmdlets
    Failover Cluster cmdlets
    Group Policy cmdlets
    Server Manager cmdlets
    Windows Server Backup cmdlets

    CHAPTER 12 Windows Server 2008 R2 monitoring and troubleshooting
    Performance monitoring
    Understanding Performance Monitor
    Using task manager and resource monitor
    Task Manager
    Resource Monitor
    Event Viewer
    Applications and Services Logs
    Data Collector Sets
    Windows memory diagnostic
    System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

    CHAPTER 13 Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
    Overview of BranchCache
    Planning to deploy BranchCache
    Deployment options
    Designing a BranchCache deployment
    Deploying BranchCache
    Overview of DirectAccess
    Planning to deploy DirectAccess
    DirectAccess Requirements
    Designing your DirectAccess deployment
    Determining which access model to deploy
    Planning for network firewall configuration
    Designing your DirectAccess server layout
    Deploying DirectAccess
    Creating a certificate template for computer autoenrollment
    Removing ISATAP from DNS global block list
    Creating a certificate revocation list (CRL) distribution point on the DirectAccess server
    Installing and configuring DirectAccess and network locationserver

    CHAPTER 14 Windows Server 2008 R2 delta changes
    Networking changes
    VPN Reconnect
    DNS cache locking
    DNS Security Extensions
    Firewall profiles per network connection
    Active directory changes
    Active Directory Recycle Bin
    Offline domain join
    Active Directory Best Practices Analyzer
    Active Directory Web Services
    Managed service accounts
    Active Directory Administrative Center
    Active Directory Module for PowerShell
    Read-only SYSVOL for Read-Only Domain Controllers
    File and print services changes
    Read-only DFSR Replicas
    File classification infrastructure
    Print driver isolation
    Network scanner management
    Internet information server changes
    Request filtering module
    Best Practices Analyzer
    PowerShell module
    Support for managed service accounts
    Hostable Web core
    .NET support on server core installs
    Hyper-V changes
    Live Migration
    Processor enhancements
    Storage enhancements
    Remote desktop services (formerly known as terminal services)changes
    Remote desktop session host
    Remote desktop virtualization host
    RemoteApp and desktop connection
    Remote Desktop Connection Broker
    Remote Desktop Gateway
    Remote Desktop Web Access
    Remote Desktop client experience
    Remote desktop services PowerShell module and Best PracticesAnalyzer
    High availability and recovery changes
    Failover Cluster PowerShell support
    Cluster shared volumes
    Improved cluster validation
    Support for additional cluster aware services
    Ability to backup individual files and folders
    Security changes
    DNSSEC support
    Changes to network access protection
    Managed service accounts
    New security auditing features
    Powershell changes
    Integrated scripting environment and debugger
    Background jobs
    Cmdlets for server administration


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