Windows Server 2008 Unleashed

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Sams Publishing, Feb 1, 2008 - Computers - 1488 pages

Windows Server 2008 Unleashed covers 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


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Windows Server 2008 Overview
Windows Server 2008 Technology Primer
Planning Prototyping Migrating and Deploying Windows Server 2008 Best Practices
Installing Windows Server 2008 and Server Core
Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
Active Directory Domain Services Primer
Designing a Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
Designing Organizational Unit and Group Structure
Windows Server 2008 Management and Maintenance Practices
Automating Tasks Using PowerShell Scripting
Documenting a Windows Server 2008 Environment
Integrating System Center Operations Manager 2007 with Windows Server 2008
Remote and Mobile Technologies
ServertoClient Remote and Mobile Access
Terminal Services
Desktop Administration

Active Directory Infrastructure
Creating Federated Forests and Lightweight Directories
Integrating Active Directory in a UNIX Environment
Networking Services
Domain Name System and IPv6
DHCPWINSDomain Controllers
Internet Information Services
ServerLevel Security
TransportLevel Security
Security Policies Network Policy Server and Network Access Protection
Migrating to Windows Server 2008
Migrating from Windows 20002003 to Windows Server 2008
Compatibility Testing for Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 Administration and Management
Windows Server 2008 Administration
Windows Server 2008 Group Policies and Policy Management
Windows Server Administration Tools for Desktops
Group Policy Management for Network Clients
Fault Tolerance Technologies
File System Management and Fault Tolerance
SystemLevel Fault Tolerance ClusteringNetwork Load Balancing
Backing Up the Windows Server 2008 Environment
Recovering from a Disaster
Optimizing Tuning Debugging and Problem Solving
Optimizing Windows Server 2008 for Branch Office Communications
Logging and Debugging
Capacity Analysis and Performance Optimization
Integrated Windows Application Services
Windows SharePoint Services 30
Windows Media Services
Deploying and Using Windows Virtualization

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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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