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Learning Windows Server 2003

Getting Microsoft Windows Server 2003 up and running, either as a standalone or as part of a multi-site, multi-server network is a formidable task for anyone. O'Reilly's no-nonsense guide, "Learning Windows Server 2003, 2nd Edition," gives you just what you need to get the job done. It provides you with the nuts and bolts for installing, configuring, securing, and managing Windows Server 2003-plus, it has been completely updated for Service Pack 1 and release R2.

"Learning Windows Server 2003, 2nd Edition" includes just enough theory for you to understand how the different features and systems work in this latest version of Windows. You'll come away with a firm understanding of what's happening under the hood of the system, but without feeling like you're taking a graduate course in OS theory. After its high-level overview, the book offers complete discussions and treatments of all of Server 2003's major components. You'll learn how to:

install Windows Server 2003

create and manage user accounts (with particular attention to Active Directory)

manage access to system resources, such as printers and files

configure and manage its numerous major subsystems

The book also features step-by-step procedures and discussions of complex concepts such as patch management, Active Directory replication, DFS namespaces and replication, network access quarantining, server clustering, Group Policy and other security tools, and IIS6 web server.

Whether you're an experienced system administrator or one who's just beginning, you'll turn to this practical guide again and again when you need to understand the massive product that is Windows Server 2003.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introducing Windows Server 2003 Changes from Windows 2000 Server What Service Pack 1 Adds What R2 Adds Windows Server 2003 Editions Hardware Requirements The Last Word: Assessing the Release 2. Installation and Deployment Preparing to Install Windows Server 2003 Installing Windows Server 2003 Upgrading Previous and Existing Installations Installing the R2 Components Troubleshooting an Installation Running an Unattended Installation The Last Word 3. File, Print, and User Services New File and Print Server Features Setting Up File-Sharing Services NTFS File and Folder Permissions Limiting Use of Disk Space with Quotas The File Server Resource Manager Using Offline Files and Folders Using Shadow Copies Backing Up Your Machines Using the Encrypting File System The Distributed File System Understanding Print Sharing Services Roaming User Profiles Command-Line Utilities The Last Word 4. Domain Name System Nuts and Bolts Zones Versus Domains Resource Records Using Primary and Secondary Nameservers Building a Nameserver Subdomains and Delegation Dynamic DNS Active Directory-Integrated Zones Forwarding The Split DNS Architecture Backup and Recovery Command-Line Utilities The Last Word 5. Active Directory Active Directory Objects and Concepts Building an Active Directory Structure Understanding Operations Master Roles Understanding Directory Replication Migrating to Active Directory in Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Federation Services Active Directory Troubleshooting and Maintenance Conclusion 6. Group Policy and IntelliMirror An Introduction to Group Policy Group Policy Implementation Local Group Policy Domain Group Policy Deployment Considerations Troubleshooting Group Policy Other Group Policy Management Tools Command-Line Utilities The Last Word 7. Windows Security and Patch Management Understanding Security Considerations Enhancements to Security in Service Pack 1 Creating and Enforcing Security Policies Locking Down Windows Using Auditing and the Event Log Windows Server Update Services Command-Line Utilities The Last Word 8. Internet Information Services IIS Architecture IIS Components What's New in IIS 6 Installing IIS Managing Web Services File Transfer Protocol Services SMTP Services The POP3 Server Network News Services Backing Up Your IIS Configuration Remote Administration Securing It All Command-Line Utilities The Last Word 9. .NET Framework What Is .NET? What's New in .NET Application Types XML-Based Configuration Security Assemblies Deployment Models Diagnostics Management Tools Reference The Last Word 10. Windows Terminal Services The Remote Desktop Protocol Requirements for Terminal Services Adding the Terminal Server Role Enabling Remote Desktop On the User's Side Installing an Application Configuring Terminal Services Licensing Terminal Services Administration Command-Line Utilities The Last Word 11. Communications and Networking Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Virtual Private Networks Certificate Services IP Security Network Access Quarantine Control The Last Word 12. Clustering Technologies Network Load-Balancing Clusters Server Clustering Command-Line Utilities The Last Word 13. Other Windows Server 2003 Services The Indexing Service The Microsoft Message Queue Extending Functionality The Last Word Appendix: The Future of Windows Server Index

About the Author

Jonathan Hassell is a system administrator, IT consultant, and industry author residing in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has extensive experience in networking technologies and internet connectivity and currently runs his own web hosting business, Enable Hosting. He is the author of "RADIUS" for O'Reilly Media, Inc. and is a columnist for WindowsITSecurity.COM and Pinnacle's Linux AppDev newsletter. He has also worked with IBM to develop a tutorial on Apache web server optimization.

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