Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrator's Reference

The Administrator's Essential Reference


  • Dustin Hannifin

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2: The Administrators Essential Reference introduces the Windows Server 2008 R2, which is Microsofts flagship server operating systems latest release. The book explores its features; describes differences between the available editions; and discusses its deployment. After introducing Windows Server 2008 R2, the book explains its installation and configuration processes followed by its networking. It also examines different features, such as the active directory, internet information services 7.5, Hyper-V, and PowerShell V2. It discusses securing Windows Server 2008 R2 files and its print services, remote desktop services, high-availability and recovery features, and monitoring and troubleshooting; in addition, their delta changes are discussed in the final chapter. The book also explores the features that influence both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. These features allow the server operating system to work with Windows 7. One feature is the BranchCache, which offers users who open files across a Wide Area Network a better end-user experience by caching copy in the branch office when a document or intranet Web site is opened for the first time. Another feature is DirectAccess, which is the new remote connectivity solution for Windows networks.
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Book information

  • Published: July 2010
  • Imprint: SYNGRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-59749-578-3

Table of Contents

About the AuthorAcknowledgmentsChapter 1 Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2    What is new in Windows Server 2008 R2         Virtualization (Hyper-V)         BranchCache         Active Directory         Internet Information Server 7.5         PowerShell         DirectAccess         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    SummaryChapter 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    SummaryChapter 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         DirectAccess         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    SummaryChapter 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    SummaryChapter 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    SummaryChapter 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    SummaryChapter 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         Snapshots    Introduction to system center virtual machine manager 2008 R2         System requirements for system center virtual machine manager    SummaryChapter 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    SummaryChapter 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 Validation Wizard         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         Backups    Installing and administering Windows backup         Installing windows server backup         Creating and managing backup jobs    SummaryChapter 10 Securing Windows Server 2008 R2    AppLocker         Enabling AppLocker         Configuring AppLocker    Server Core    BitLocker         Preparing for BitLocker         Managing BitLocker    Security Configuration Wizard    Best practice analyzer         BPA from PowerShell    Auditing    Encrypting file system         EFS keys and algorithms         Cipher.exe    File classification infrastructure         Planning for FCI         Configuring FCI         Managing FCI    Read-only domain controller    Network policy and access services         NPS         NAP    Active directory recycle bin         Enabling the Active Directory Recycle Bin         Restoring deleted Active Directory objects    DirectAccess         DirectAccess infrastructure requirements         DirectAccess protocols         Selecting a DirectAccess model    SummaryChapter 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    SummaryChapter 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    SummaryChapter 13 Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7    Overview of BranchCache    Planning to deploy BranchCache         Deployment options         Prerequisites         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 location server    SummaryChapter 14 Windows Server 2008 R2 delta changes    Networking changes         DirectAccess         BranchCache         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 Practices Analyzer    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         AppLocker         Changes to network access protection         Managed service accounts         New security auditing features    Powershell changes         Integrated scripting environment and debugger         Background jobs         Transactions         Cmdlets for server administration    SummaryIndex