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Windows Server 2008 R2 Secrets

ISBN: 978-0-470-88658-8
576 pages
October 2011
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Unbeatable advice and expert tips for administering, upgrading or migrating to Windows Server 2008 R2

If you're a Windows Server 2008 system administrator, this is a reference you ll want to keep on hand. Written by a Microsoft MVP who has multiple MCITP certifications and bestselling author, this book gives you invaluable tips and unbeatable advice for deploying and managing Windows Server 2008 R2. Covering all aspects of the operating system in an easy-to-follow, easy-access format, the book reveals helpful and advanced secrets on configuring Windows roles like DirectAccess, BranchCache, Active Directory maintenance, setting up remote access, and much more.

  • Written by Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) and bestselling author Orin Thomas, who is a well-known expert in the Windows space and a Microsoft MVP
  • Provides practical advice and expert insights on upgrading, migrating to, or deploying the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system
  • Covers Active Directory deployment, maintenance, network infrastructure security, shared folders, data protection, and secrets for monitoring
  • Features personalized notations, interior elements, highlighted areas, and other ways to help you quickly spot scenarios and solutions

Windows Server 2008 R2 Secrets is like having your own, built-in Windows Server 2008 R2 expert on hand, who can help you avoid mistakes and save time!

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Chapter 1 Windows Server 2008 R2 Deployment Secrets 3

Choosing an Edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 4

Deciding Between Types of Installation 6

Optimizing Your Deployment Image 12

Minimizing Deployment Time 19

Activating Windows 27

Summary 30

Chapter 2 The Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrator's Toolkit 33

Choosing the Right Remote Administration Tool 34

Remote Desktop 35

Management Consoles 41

Remote PowerShell 45

Emergency Management Services (When All Else Fails) 46

Summary 49

Chapter 3 Server Core Secrets 51

Using Server Core Administration Tools 52

Performing Server Core Post-Deployment Tasks 54

Understanding the Sconfig.cmd 62

Administering with Server Core Configurator 63

Understanding Server Core Infrastructure Roles 67

Summary 72

Chapter 4 Active Directory Domains and Forests73

Understanding Forests and Domains 74

Setting Domain and Forest Functional Levels 79

Selecting the DNS Server 82

Defining Active Directory Sites 89

Defining FSMO Roles 91

Using Read-Only Domain Controllers 93

Securing with Global Catalog Servers

and Universal Group Membership Caching 98

Maintaining the Active Directory Database 100

Summary 110

Chapter 5 Effectively Managing Group Policy 113

Applying Group Policy 114

Using Group Policy Management Console 117

Using Important Group Policy Features 122

Completing Common Group Policy Tasks 126

Summary 132

Chapter 6 Managing Users and Computers 135

Using Organizational Unit Structures 136

Managing User Accounts 140

Configuring Account Policies 147

Managing Groups 155

Creating Computer Accounts 161

Summary 163

Chapter 7 Managing Active Directory Certificate Services 165

Understanding Certification Authority Types 166

Managing Certification Authorities 171

Using Certificate Templates 175

Utilizing Certificate Autoenrollment 181

Recovering Certificates 183

Backing Up Certificate Services 184

Revoking Certificates 186

Summary 188

Part II Network Infrastructure and Security Secrets 191

Chapter 8 Network Addressing 193

Understanding IPv4 and DHCP 194

Understanding IPv6 205

Transitioning to IPv6 212

Summary 217

Chapter 9 Securing the Network: Windows Firewall and Network Access Protection 219

Understanding Windows Firewall with Advanced Security 220

Understanding Connection Security Rules 230

Understanding and Configuring Network Access Protection 236

Summary 244

Part III Shared Folde r and Data Protection Se rets 247

Chapter 10 Secrets Behind Shared Folders 249

Using the Share and Storage Management Console 250

Using File Server Resource Manager 255

Working with the Distributed File System 271

Utilizing BranchCache 275

Working with Offline Files 278

Summary 280

Chapter 11 Keeping Data Private 281

Encrypting File System 282

Encrypting with BitLocker 287

Using Active Directory Rights Management Services 296

Summary 300

Chapter 12 Backup and Recovery 303

Using and Configuring Windows Server Backup 304

Enabling Shadow Copies of Shared Folders 313

Performing Recovery 316

Using System Center Data Protection Manager 325

Summary 328


Chapter 13 Internet Information Services 331

Managing Sites 332

Managing Application Pools 348

IIS Users and Delegation 351

Managing FTP 352

Summary 355

Chapter 14 Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Machines 357

Configuring Hyper-V 358

Understanding Virtual Hard Disks 363

Understanding Hyper-V Networks 369

Using Virtual Machine Snapshots 374

Migrating Virtual Machines 376

Summary 379

Chapter 15 Patch Management with WSUS 381

Defining an Update Process 382

Installing and Deploying WSUS 383

Deploying Updates 395

Understanding WSUS Topologies 401

Verifying Update Deployment 402

Going Further 407

Summary 409

Chapter 16 High Availability 411

Understanding Network Load Balancing 412

Allocating Storage to iSCSI SAN 417

Understanding Failover Clustering 422

Summary 431


Chapter 17 Presentation and Application Virtualization 435

Understanding Remote Desktop Session Host 436

Running RemoteApp 444

Using Remote Desktop Web Access 446

Utilizing Remote Desktop Connection Broker 447

Connecting via Remote Desktop Gateway 448

Remote Desktop Licensing 450

Understanding Remote Desktop Virtualization Host 453

Virtualizing Applications with App-V 453

Summary 454

Chapter 18 Remote Access 457

Setting up Remote Desktop Gateway 458

Deploying Virtual Private Networks 468

Connecting via DirectAccess 478

Summary 482

Part VI Main ten ance and Moni toring Sec rets 483

Chapter 19 Getting the Most Out of Event Logs and Auditing 485

Auditing Windows Server 2008 R2 486

Filtering and Viewing Event Logs 492

Event Log Forwarding 497

Creating Event Viewer Tasks 499

Going Further with Operations Manager 504

Summary 505

Chapter 20 Performance and Resource Management 507

Monitoring Point-in-Time Performance 508

Understanding Data Collector Sets 514

Using Windows Server Resource Manager 521

Summary 525

Index 527

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Orin Thomas is a Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP), Microsoft MVP, author, systems administrator, and trainer who has written more than a dozen books related to Microsoft server and client technologies. He regularly speaks at events such as Microsoft's TechED.
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