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 Acknowledgments Chapter 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     Summary 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 installat


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