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Windows Server 2008 Unleashed 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0672329301
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Windows Server 2008 Unleashedcovers the planning, design, prototype testing, implementation, migration, administration, and support of a Windows 2008 and Active Directory environment, based on more than three and a half years of early adopter experience in full production environments. This book addresses not only what is new with Windows 2008 compared to previous versions of the Windows Server product, but also what is different and how the similarities and differences affect an organization's migration to Windows 2008. Chapters are dedicated to the migration process from Windows 2000/2003 to Windows 2008, how to properly use Group Policies in Windows 2008, and tips and tricks on managing and administering a Windows 2008 environment.


The authors cover the technologies new to Windows 2008, such as IPv6, Network Access Protection (NAP), Network Policy Server (NPS), Terminal Services Remote Programs, Windows Deployment Services (WDS), Hyper-V virtualization, and more! This book doesn't just describe the features and functions included in Windows 2008--there are notes throughout the book explaining how organizations have successfully used the technologies to fulfill core business needs. Tips, tricks, and best practices share lessons learned from hundreds of implementations of Windows 2008 in real-world environments.


Detailed information on how to…

  • Plan and migrate from Windows 2000/2003 to Windows 2008
  • Leverage new tools and utilities that simplify system and network administration functions
  • Enable the latest security technologies to improve secured enterprise computing
  • Better manage a Windows 2008 Active Directory environment
  • Optimize a Windows 2008 environment for better scalability and enhanced performance
  • Implement Windows 2008 for better branch office and remote office integration
  • Design a Windows 2008 environment to support the latest in clustering, stretched clusters, fault tolerance, and redundant systems technologies
  • Take advantage of add-on technologies available for Windows 2008, including Windows SharePoint Services, Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization, Windows Media Services, and IIS 7 web server solutions


Rand, Michael, Ross, and Chris work for Convergent Computing, an IT consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay area that has three and a half years of early adopter experience with Windows 2008. In collaboration with co-author Omar Droubi, the authors helped organizations of all sizes plan, migrate, implement, and test Windows 2008 in production environments. The book was written from direct experiences where Windows 2008 was put into enterprise production environments focused to meet specific strategic business requirements.


Category: Windows Server

Covers: Windows Server 2008

User Level: Intermediate--Advanced


Introduction xlix

Part I: Windows Server 2008 Overview

1: Windows Server 2008 Technology Primer 3

2: Planning, Prototyping, Migrating, and Deploying Windows Server 2008 Best Practices 39

3: Installing Windows Server 2008 and Server Core 73

Part II: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory

4: Active Directory Domain Services Primer 105

5: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Active Directory 139

6: Designing Organizational Unit and Group Structure 165

7: Active Directory Infrastructure 185

8: Creating Federated Forests and Lightweight Directories 217

9: Integrating Active Directory in a UNIX Environment 235

Part III: Networking Services

10: Domain Name System and IPv6 251

11: DHCP/WINS/Domain Controllers 297

12: Internet Information Services 331

Part IV: Security

13: Server-Level Security 375

14: Transport-Level Security 399

15: Security Policies, Network Policy Server, and Network Access Protection 415

Part V: Migrating to Windows Server 2008

16: Migrating from Windows 2000/2003 to Windows Server 2008 439

17: Compatibility Testing for Windows Server 2008 473

Part VI: Windows Server 2008 Administration and Management

18: Windows Server 2008 Administration 499

19: Windows Server 2008 Group Policies and Policy Management 533

20: Windows Server 2008 Management and Maintenance Practices 581

21: Automating Tasks Using PowerShell Scripting 639

22: Documenting a Windows Server 2008 Environment 685

23: Integrating Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 with Windows Server 2008 715

Part VII: Remote and Mobile Technologies

24: Server-to-Client Remote and Mobile Access 737

25: Terminal Services 783

Part VIII: Desktop Administration

26: Windows Server Administration Tools for Desktops 839

27: Group Policy Management for Network Clients 865

Part IX: Fault Tolerance Technologies

28: File System Management and Fault Tolerance 935

29: System-Level Fault Tolerance (Clustering/Network Load Balancing) 993

30: Backing Up the Windows Server 2008 Environment 1043

31: Recovering from a Disaster 1077

Part X: Optimizing, Tuning, Debugging, and Problem Solving

32: Optimizing Windows Server 2008 for Branch Office Communications 1111

33: Logging and Debugging 1145

34: Capacity Analysis and Performance Optimization 1189

Part XI: Integrated Windows Application Services

35: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 1233

36: Windows Media Services 1281

37: Deploying and Using Windows Virtualization 1313

Index 1339


About the Author

Rand Morimoto, Ph.D., MCSE, CISSP Rand Morimoto has been in the computer industry for more than 30 years and has authored, co-authored, or been a contributing writer for dozens of bestselling books on Windows 2003, Exchange 2007, Security, BizTalk Server, and Remote and Mobile Computing. Rand is the president of Convergent Computing, an IT-consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay area that was one of the key early adopter program partners with Microsoft, implementing beta versions of Windows Server 2008 in production environments more than 3 years before the product release. Rand speaks at conferences and conventions around the world on tips, tricks, and best practices on planning, migrating, and implementing Windows 2008 and Exchange 2007.


Michael Noel, MCSE+I, CISSP, MCSA, MVP Michael Noel has been involved in the computer industry for nearly two decades and has significant real-world experience with enterprise information technology environments. Michael has authored several major publications, such as SharePoint 2007 Unleashed, Exchange 2007 Unleashed, ISA Server 2006 Unleashed, Windows Server 2003 Unleashed, and many more, with a total worldwide circulation of more than 150,000 copies. Currently a partner at Convergent Computing in the San Francisco Bay area, Michael’s writings are leveraged from his real-world experience designing, deploying, and administering IT infrastructure.


Omar Droubi, MCSE Omar Droubi has been in the computer industry for more than 15 years, has co-authored one of Sams Publishing bestselling books, Windows 2003 Unleashed, and has been a contributing writer and technical reviewer on several other books on Windows Server 2003 and Exchange 2000, 2003, and 2007. Omar has been involved in testing, designing, and prototyping Windows Server 2008 infrastructures for the past 2 years, and has primarily focused on upgrading existing networks and utilizing many of the new features included in the product. Also during this time, Omar has assisted several organizations with the development of technical roadmaps to plan for future deployments of Windows Server 2008 and Vista.


Ross Mistry, MCTS, MCDBA, MCSE Ross Mistry is a seasoned veteran in the Silicon Valley and has spent more than a decade in the computer industry. As a principal consultant and partner with Convergent Computing (CCO), he has had the opportunity to work with Windows Server 2008 for 3 years before the product released to the public. Ross focuses on Active Directory, Exchange, and SQL Server, where he designs and implements solutions for Fortune 500 organizations with a global presence. His specialties in the Windows space are Active Directory upgrades, high availability, and disaster recovery. Ross has also taken on the roles of lead author, contributing writer, and technical editor for many bestselling books published by Sams. His recent works include lead author on SQL Server 2005 Management and Administration, contributing writer on Exchange Server 2007 Unleashed and SharePoint 2007 Unleashed, and technical editor on SQL Server 2005 Unleashed. In addition to consulting and authoring, Ross is also a public speaker and conducts seminars on Microsoft topics around the world, in which he leverages best practices based on his experiences in the industry.


Chris Amaris, MCSE, CISSP Chris is the chief technology officer and cofounder of Convergent Computing. He has more than 20 years’ experience consulting for Fortune 500 companies, leading companies in the technology selection, design, planning, and implementation of complex information technology projects. Chris has worked with Windows 2008 3 years before its release to the general public. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with an Information System Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP) concentration, Certified Homeland Security (CHS III), Windows 2003 MCSE, Novell CNE, Banyan CBE, and a Certified Project Manager, Chris is also an author and technical editor for a number of IT books, including Network Security for Government and Corporate Executives, Windows Server 2003 Unleashed, SQL Server 2005 Management and Administration, Exchange Server 2007 Unleashed, and Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Unleashed. Chris presents on messaging, operations management, security, and information technology topics worldwide.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1432 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (February 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672329301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672329302
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 2.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great book if you're looking for a lot of general information on the features of different aspects of server 2008. I pulled a lot of valuable information out of this book, and I'm glad I bought it. Unfortunately, it includes very little information on actually implementing this theory. I did learn a lot from the book. But for the most part, it would explain the theory in great detail, but then I'd have to hit google to figure out how to put this theory into practice. I do recommend the book, but don't expect it to be your only, or even primary, source.
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This book is a great starter book when somebody wants to start learing different aspects of Windows server operating system. It covers most of the functionalities and pinpoints at what is new from Windows 2003. It is not for someone who wants to become a master at Windows server system or get certified. This book helped me develop a good understanding of the system as I was implementing a new application to run on Windows 2008 system. As a part of this project we migrated the file server to Windows 2008. I could not find any information on file server migration tool kit in this book which eventually I got from Microsoft website. The writing style is engaging. Overall, I think for the price and for the intent as I mentioned this is a great book.
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Bought this book to help pass the 070-649 exam and it helped do the job... It is not geared for the exam but it covers the subjet matter on the exam... Also it is the only real 2008 Server book out right now....

Cover the topics well and goes thru the installation process...
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Indispensable if you are going to install/use this software.
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