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Real Solutions for Windows Server 2008 Administrators


Need fast, reliable, easy-to-implement solutions for Microsoft Windows Server 2008? This book delivers exactly what you’re looking for. You’ll find tested, step-by-step procedures for every facet of Windows Server 2008 planning, deployment, configuration, security, and day-to-day administration. This book includes special sections looking forward to the new R2 release and fully reflects all major enhancements built into Windows Server 2008--including Hyper-V virtualization, Server Core, major Terminal Services improvements, and many more changes that make older administration guides obsolete. When time is of the essence, turn here first: get answers you can trust--and use--right now!


Fast, Accurate, and Easy to Use!


  • Prepare to deploy Windows Server 2008 and walk through an efficient installation
  • Administer Windows Server 2008 with the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), Device Manager, Task Scheduler, and Remote Desktop
  • Use Server Manager to perform initial configuration tasks, manage settings, and administer server roles
  • Deliver client applications more efficiently with Terminal Services
  • Deploy Server Core to minimize attack surface and maximize security
  • Plan, deploy, and manage Hyper-V virtualized environments that reduce costs and improve business flexibility
  • Create, configure, secure, and manage new websites with IIS 7.x
  • Centrally manage your users with the newest version of Active Directory
  • Install and configure server roles such as DNS, DHCP, and file services
  • Configure both IPv4 and IPv6
  • Establish efficient, practical backup and restore procedures
  • Protect your data and infrastructure using Windows Server 2008’s multiple security features
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and tune server performance

Book News Annotation:

This guide outlines step-by-step procedures for every facet of Windows Server 2008 planning, deployment, configuration, security, and day-to-day administration. It includes special sections looking forward to the new R2 release, and reflects all major enhancements built into Windows Server 2008, including Hyper-V virtualization, Server Core, and major Terminal Services improvements. Within each chapter, sections focus on the primary elements required to deploy Windows Server 2008 in a number of different problem and solution scenarios. The solution portion may include additional information regarding a particular technology or design elements to consider, and provides step-by-step instructions that walk through every step of the wizards and dialog boxes provided by Windows Server 2008, illustrated with b&w screenshots on every page. Bruzzese is a consultant and trainer. Barrett, a consultant, is a blogger for Network World. Dipchan, a certified SQL DBA, designs and delivers advanced health information solutions for St. Peters University Hospital. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

J. Peter Bruzzese, an independent consultant, trainer, and author, has worked with clients ranging from Goldman Sachs to Microsoft, and instructed for leading trainers such as CBT Nuggets, New Horizons, and Bruzzese contributes to Redmond and WindowsITPro Magazines, and speaks regularly at MCP's TechMentor Conferences. His recent books include Tricks of the Windows Vista Masters. Ronald Barrett, second lead blog writer for Network World, is an author and tech speaker with many years of experience. Wayne Dipchan is author of Exam Prep: Active Directory Design, a certified SQL database administrator, and a server expert for companies such as New Horizons, Bear Stearns, and GE.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Using Windows Server 2008 How-To      1

How to Educate Yourself About Windows Server 2008     2

How to Benefit from This Book     2

How to Continue Expanding Your Knowledge      4


Chapter 1 Perform the Installation      5

Determine Your Hardware Requirements for Windows Server 2008     6

Perform Other Pre-Installation Tasks     7

Check Application Compatibility     7

Disconnect the UPS     8

Run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool     8

Identify Mass Storage Device Drivers     8

Back Up Servers     9

Disable Virus Protection Software     9

Prepare Active Directory     9

Decide What Edition of Windows Server 2008 to Install     10

Windows Web Server 2008     11

Windows Server 2008 Standard     11

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise     12

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter     12

Windows HPC Server 2008     13

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems     13

Install Windows Server 2008     14

Manual Installation     14

Unattended Installation     21


Chapter 2 Configure and Manage Server Core      25

Determine Your Need for Server Core     26

Install Server Core     27

Server Core Installation Options     28

Extend the Evaluation     30

Configure Server Core Postinstallation     30

Configuration Commands     31

Install Roles and Features     34

Manage Server Core     36

Manage Server Core with Terminal Services     36

Manage with TS RemoteApp     36

Manage with Windows Remote Shell      37

Manage Server Core with MMC Snap-ins     37

Incorporate Server Core Changes inWindows Server 2008 R2     39

Make Progress in Server Core Administration     40


Chapter 3 Work with Server Manager      41

Use Initial Configuration Tasks     42

Navigate Settings with Server Manager     43

Perform Role and Feature Management     45

Know Your Server Roles     45

Know Your Server Features     49

Install Roles     52

Install Features     55

Use the Command-Line Server Manager (ServerManagerCmd.exe)      56

Know What R2 Will Bring to Server Manager     58


Chapter 4 Manage Windows Server 2008      59

Use the Microsoft Management Console (MMC)      60

Work with Preconfigured MMCs     64

Server Manager     64

Computer Manager     65

Utilize Device Manager     66

Work with the Task Scheduler     67

Manage Windows Server 2008 Using Remote Desktop     72

Configure Backups and Perform Restores     76


Chapter 5 Install and Configure Specific Server Roles      81

Install and Configure the DNS Server Role     82

Create and Configure DNS Lookup Zones     83

Manage a DNS Server     86

Manage a DNS Zone     87

Install and Configure the DHCP Server Role     90

Configure Additional Settings in DHCP     93

Configure IPv4 and IPv6 Settings     93

Configuring Scope Options     94

Configure IPv6 in Windows Server 2008     96

Make Progress with IPv6     98

Install and Configure the File Services Role     98

Work with Share and Storage Management     101

Work with the File Server Resource Manager     102

Work with DFS Management     103

Understand the Improvement Windows Server 2008 R2 Brings to Server Roles     105


Chapter 6 Work with IIS 7.0      107

Install the Web Server Role     108

Create, Configure, and Manage New Websites     114

Secure Websites     118

IP and Domain Restrictions     119

Restrictive Authentication     119

HTTP Request Filtering     119

Restrict Directory Browsing     120

Delegate Rights Assignments     121

Use the Command Line with IIS 7.0     124

Add a Website Using appcmd.exe     126

Configure a Website Using appcmd.exe     127

Delete a Website Using appcmd.exe     127

Back Up Your Configuration     127

View Available Configuration Backups      127

Restore Configuration Backups     127

Improve IIS 7.0 Performance     128

Output Caching     128

Compression     129

Logging Frequency     130

Windows Server Resource Manager (WSRM)      130

See What’s New in Windows Server 2008 R2      131


Chapter 7 Implement and Utilize Hyper-V      133

Install the Hyper-V Role     134

Install Hyper-V on a Full Installation of Windows Server 2008     135

Install Hyper-V on Server Core     137

Manage Hyper-V Remotely     137

Create Virtual Hard Drives and Machines    138

Virtual Hard Drives     139

Create Virtual Machines     141

Work with the Virtual Machine Connection Tool     143

Install Integration Services     145

Monitor Hyper-V Performance     146

Utilize System Center VMM     147

Prepare for New Features to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2     149


Chapter 8 Install and Configure Terminal Services      151

Determine Which Terminal Services Roles to Install     152

Install Terminal Services     154

Install the Terminal Server Role Service     154

Install the TS Licensing Role Service     156

Install the TS Session Broker Role Service      157

Install the TS Gateway Role Service      157

Install the TS Web Access Role Service      160

Configure Terminal Services        160

Configure the TS RemoteApp Manager     161

Configure the TS Gateway Manager      163

Configure a Load-Balanced Farm with TS Session Broker     166

Configure Terminal Services     167

Manage Terminal Services        169

Add RemoteApp Programs     170

Monitor Terminal Services     173

Get More from Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 R2     175


Chapter 9 Understand and Manage Active Directory      179

Understand the Functionality of Active Directory     180

Visualize the Physical and Logical Sides of Active Directory     180

Utilize Domain Controllers Appropriately     182

Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs)      183

Promote Servers as Domain Controllers     184

Install the First DC of the Forest     184

Setting Up Additional DCs     187

Prepare an Existing Domain Schema     191

Create Active Directory Objects     192

Design and Create an OU Structure     192

Create Computer Objects     193

Create User Objects     195

Work with Site and Domain Consoles     198

Active Directory Sites and Services     198

Active Directory Domains and Trusts     202

Utilize Other Active Directory Services     204

Improve Active Directory with Windows Server 2008 R2     205


Chapter 10 Utilize Group Policy      207

Grasp the Structure of Group Policy     208

Group Policy Objects     208

The Group Policy Central Store     208

The Application Order of Group Policy     209

Use Starter GPOs     210

Create and Apply Group Policies     211

Access Group Policy Settings     211

The Group Policy Management Editor     212

Change an Existing GPO     216

Create a New GPO     216

Apply a GPO     218

Create and Apply a GPO     218

Configure Group Policy Application Settings     218

Raise or Lower the Link Order     219

Disable a Policy     220

Disable Half a Policy        220

Delete a Link or a Policy     221

Block Inheritance     221

Enforce a Policy     221

Filter GPO Application     222

Work with Group Policy Modeling and Results      224

The Group Policy Modeling Wizard     224

The Group Policy Results Wizard     225

Prepare for Windows Server 2008 R2 Enhancements to Group Policy     226


Chapter 11 Configure Security      229

Understand Security Improvements in Windows Server 2008     230

Built-in Security Features     230

User Account Control (UAC)     233

Additional Security Components     234

Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security     235

Create Inbound and Outbound Rules      237

Create Connection Security Rules    239

Monitor Windows Firewall and Advanced Security     241

Configure NAP         242

Install the Network Policy Server      242

Configure NAP Health Policies     243

Configure System Health Validator and Remediation Server Groups          245

Configure Policy Properties     247

Plan for Security Changes and Additions in Windows Server 2008 R2        248

Changes to Security         248


Chapter 12 Monitor Performance and Troubleshoot      251

Monitor Performance in Windows Server 2008     252

Use the Performance Monitor and the Reliability Monitor     253

Create a Data Collector Set     257

Configure Data Collector Sets     259

Use Reliability Reports     260

Troubleshoot Windows Server 2008     262

Troubleshoot Using the Event Viewer      262

Manage Event Viewer     263

Create a New Subscription     265

Troubleshoot Using Command-Line Tools     266

Use the Problem Reports and Solutions     266

Monitor Performance and Troubleshoot in Windows Server 2008 R2     269


Index     271

Product Details

Bruzzese, J. Peter
Barrett, Ronald
Dipchan, Wayne
Operating systems (computers)
Operating Systems - Windows
Operating Systems - General
Operating Systems - NT
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
July 2009
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
8.90x5.90x.60 in. .95 lbs.

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