Inside Windows Server 2003 Lslf Edition
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From the Back Cover
Comprehensive, authoritative, and eminently practical, Inside Windows® Server 2003is an essential resource for IT professionals.
Containing in-depth coverage of the newest Windows server technology, this book guides you through the complexities of installing, configuring, and managing a Windows Server 2003 system. Thousands of practical tips, recommendations, diagnostic aids, and troubleshooting techniques based on actual deployments and migrations help you set up and maintain a high-performance, reliable, and secure server that meets or exceeds the needs of its users.
You will find coverage of the more than 200 new features incorporated into Windows Server 2003, along with numerous updates and improvements, including:
- Volume Shadow Copy feature that permits taking snapshots of changes to files
- Forest Trust type that permits two-way, transitive trusts between forests
- 64-bit architecture that supports Intel Itanium and Itanium-2 servers
- Many new command line tools, including how to manage a headless server with no keyboard, video, or mouse
- Dozens of features to improve your system¿s security
For each feature, the book discusses underlying design principles, provides process descriptions that help identify interoperability issues, and details procedures for installation and configuration. In particular, the book focuses on the increasingly critical issues of security, remote access, and system interoperability.
Specific topics covered include:
- Performing upgrades and automated installations
- Adding hardware
- Managing DNS
- Managing Active Directory replication and security
- Working with network access security and Kerberos
- Managing group policies with a mixture of platforms
- Managing shared resources
- Managing file encryption and a public key infrastructure
- Managing remote access and Internet routing
- Recovering from system failures
With the information and experience-based advice in Inside Windows® Server 2003, you will be well equipped to deploy and manage a highly effective and smoothly functioning system.
About the Author
William Boswell, MCSE, is the principal engineer for the Windows Consulting Group based in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to training and consulting, he writes the popular "Windows Insider" column forMCP Magazine and is a sought-after speaker for conferences such as TechMentor and SANS.
- Publisher : Addison-Wesley Professional; Lslf edition (April 1, 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 1344 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0735711585
- ISBN-13 : 978-0735711587
- Item Weight : 4.95 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 2.25 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,701,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is book is in one way better then Minasi's great tomb. In some cases Minasi will give you a little explanation and then tell you how you should run things. Boswell keeps to the basic information and walks you through steps of doing it. Those of you that read Minasi will notice the difference between the two with the handling of RIS.
There are pictures and diagrams to help but in many cases there are simply steps. If you like screen shots walking your though A-Z then you probably will not like this book. If you like to play, then it's a good book.
One thing I did like was the many registry examples that are found to aid in the explanation of things. Boswell also mentions a few websites to help with information gathering and further understanding.
In many cases, there is only enough info to get things going(example ISA), you will not find "real-life" configuration suggestions on what you should be doing. Boswell stayed with fundamental explanations of how things work and gave you enough to get them going.
I would say that if you had both this and Minasi's book, you should be able to figure out just about everything.
The author is upfront about offering an independent view of WS2003. For example, he states that MS's minimum hardware requirements are inadequate for good runtime performance in a real workplace. Others have also said this about MS's earlier operating systems. [Cynically, one might think MS is understating the full cost of the system, to jack up sales.]
The book certainly is comprehensive; walking through all aspects of installing, configuring and running the OS. The quality of the prose is clear and should be understandable if you have any sysadmin experience with MS. My own background is unix, but I had no problem following his steps.
A compelling claim of this book is that it aspires to be more than a mechanistic drill. Typically, each chapter begins with a good outline of its subject. If you do not have a specific problem to fix, but want a lucid synopsis of a topic, try finding the relevant chapter and read the first third or so. Nice level of abstraction, without bogging you in minutae.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone.
Mike Johns MCSE CCNA