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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrator's Reference - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781597495783, 9781597495790

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrator's Reference

1st Edition

The Administrator's Essential Reference

Author: Dustin Hannifin
eBook ISBN: 9781597495790
Paperback ISBN: 9781597495783
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 6th July 2010
Page Count: 712
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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.

Key Features

  • Features information on how to plan, deploy, and administrate Windows Server 2008 R2 using best practice guidance
  • Provides in-depth coverage of Hyper-V, DirectAccess, Remote Desktop Services, Active Directory, and BranchCache
  • Includes Delta Changes to allow experienced administrators to quickly gain insight to changes between Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Table of Contents

About the Author


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 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


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 location server


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 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


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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