Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrator's Reference

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrator's Reference

The Administrator's Essential Reference

1st Edition - July 6, 2010

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  • Author: Dustin Hannifin
  • eBook ISBN: 9781597495790
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597495783

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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



Product details

  • No. of pages: 712
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2010
  • Published: July 6, 2010
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • eBook ISBN: 9781597495790
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597495783

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