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Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed

by: Rand Morimoto, Michael Noel, Omar Droubi, Ross Mistry, Chris Amaris

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Publisher: SAMS,15.02.10

Category: Windows Server 2008 Level:

ISBN: 067233092X
ISBN13: 9780672330926

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Comprehensive, practical reference to the new version of Microsoft's flagship server operating system

  * Provides insight into the new virtualization tools, Web resources, management enhancements, and Windows 7 integration

  * Authors have been on the early adopter TAP program for Windows 2008 R2 for the past 2 years, more than 18 months before the public ever 'saw' R2

  * Loaded with practical, independent advice that will save IT Pros time, effort, and money

Table of Contents




Part I Windows Server 2008 R2 Overview

Chapter 1 Windows Server 2008 R2 Technology Primer


Windows Server 2008 R2 Defined


When Is the Right Time to Migrate?


Versions of Windows Server 2008 R2


What's New and What's the Same About Windows Server 2008 R2?


Changes in Active Directory


Windows Server 2008 R2 Benefits for Administration


Improvements in Security in Windows Server 2008 R2


Improvements in Mobile Computing in Windows Server 2008 R2


Improvements in Windows Server 2008 R2 for Better Branch Office Support


Improvements for Thin Client Remote Desktop Services


Improvements in Clustering and Storage Area Network Support


Addition of Migration Tools


Improvements in Server Roles in Windows Server 2008 R2


Identifying Which Windows Server 2008 R2 Service to Install or Migrate to First




Best Practices


Chapter 2 Planning, Prototyping, Migrating, and Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 Best Practices


Determining the Scope of Your Project


Identifying the Business Goals and Objectives to Implement Windows Server 2008 R2


Identifying the Technical Goals and Objectives to Implement Windows Server 2008 R2


The Discovery Phase: Understanding the Existing Environment


The Design Phase: Documenting the Vision and the Plan


The Migration Planning Phase: Documenting the Process for Migration


The Prototype Phase: Creating and Testing the Plan


The Pilot Phase: Validating the Plan to a Limited Number of Users


The Migration/Implementation Phase: Conducting the Migration or Installation




Best Practices


Chapter 3 Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 and Server Core


Preplanning and Preparing a Server Installation


Installing a Clean Version of Windows Server 2008 R2 Operating System


Upgrading to Windows Server 2008 R2


Understanding Server Core Installation


Managing and Configuring a Server Core Installation


Performing an Unattended Windows Server 2008 R2 Installation




Best Practices


Part II Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory

Chapter 4 Active Directory Domain Services Primer


Examining the Evolution of Directory Services


Understanding the Development of AD DS


Examining AD DS's Structure


Outlining AD DS's Components


Understanding Domain Trusts


Defining Organizational Units


Outlining the Role of Groups in an AD DS Environment


Explaining AD DS Replication


Outlining the Role of DNS in AD DS


Outlining AD DS Security


Outlining AD DS Changes in Windows Server 2008 R2




Best Practices


Chapter 5 Designing a Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory


Understanding AD DS Domain Design


Choosing a Domain Namespace


Examining Domain Design Features


Choosing a Domain Structure


Understanding the Single Domain Model


Understanding the Multiple Domain Model


Understanding the Multiple Trees in a Single Forest Model


Understanding the Federated Forests Design Model


Understanding the Empty-Root Domain Model


Understanding the Placeholder Domain Model


Understanding the Special-Purpose Domain Design Model


Renaming an AD DS Domain




Best Practices


Chapter 6 Designing Organizational Unit and Group Structure


Defining Organizational Units in AD DS


Defining AD Groups


Examining OU and Group Design


Starting an OU Design


Using OUs to Delegate Administration


Group Policies and OU Design


Understanding Group Design


Exploring Sample Design Models




Best Practices


Chapter 7 Active Directory Infrastructure


Understanding AD DS Replication in Depth


Understanding Active Directory Sites


Planning Replication Topology


Outlining Windows Server 2008 R2 IPv6 Support


Detailing Real-World Replication Designs


Deploying Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs)




Best Practices


Chapter 8 Creating Federated Forests and Lightweight Directories


Keeping a Distributed Environment in Sync


Active Directory Federation Services


Synchronizing Directory Information with Forefront Identity Manager (FIM)


Harnessing the Power and Potential of FIM




Best Practices


Chapter 9 Integrating Active Directory in a UNIX Environment


Understanding and Using Windows Server 2008 R2 UNIX Integration Components


Reviewing the Subsystem for UNIX-Based Applications (SUA)


Understanding the Identity Management for UNIX Components


Administrative Improvements with Windows Server 2008 R2




Best Practices


Part III Networking Services

Chapter 10 Domain Name System and IPv6


Understanding the Need for DNS


Getting Started with DNS on Windows Server 2008 R2


Resource Records


Understanding DNS Zones


Performing Zone Transfers


Understanding DNS Queries


Other DNS Components


Understanding the Evolution of Microsoft DNS


DNS in Windows Server 2008 R2


DNS in an Active Directory Domain Services Environment


Troubleshooting DNS


IPv6 Introduction


How to Configure IPv6 on Windows Server 2008 R2


Secure DNS with DNSSEC




Best Practices


Chapter 11 DHCP/WINS/Domain Controllers


Understanding the Key Components of an Enterprise Network


Exploring the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)


Exploring DHCP Changes in Windows Server 2008 R2


Enhancing DHCP Reliability


Implementing Redundant DHCP Services


Exploring Advanced DHCP Concepts


Securing DHCP


Reviewing the Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS)


Installing and Configuring WINS


Planning, Migrating, and Maintaining WINS


Exploring Global Catalog Domain Controller Placement




Best Practices


Chapter 12 Internet Information Services


Understanding Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5


Planning and Designing Internet Information Services 7.5


Installing and Upgrading IIS 7.5


Installing and Configuring Websites


Installing and Configuring FTP Services


Securing Internet Information Services 7.5




Best Practices


Part IV Security

Chapter 13 Server-Level Security


Defining Windows Server 2008 R2 Security


Deploying Physical Security


Using the Integrated Windows Firewall with Advanced Security


Hardening Server Security


Examining File-Level Security


Additional Security Mechanisms


Using Windows Server Update Services




Best Practices


Chapter 14 Transport-Level Security


Introduction to Transport-Level Security in Windows Server 2008 R2


Deploying a Public Key Infrastructure with Windows Server 2008 R2


Understanding Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) in Windows Server 2008 R2


Active Directory Rights Management Services


Using IPSec Encryption with Windows Server 2008 R2




Best Practices


Chapter 15 Security Policies, Network Policy Server, and Network Access Protection


Understanding Network Access Protection (NAP) in Windows Server 2008 R2


Deploying a Windows Server 2008 R2 Network Policy Server


Enforcing Policy Settings with a Network Policy Server


Deploying and Enforcing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) Using an RRAS Server




Best Practices


Part V Migrating to Windows Server 2008 R2

Chapter 16 Migrating from Windows Server 2003/2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2


Beginning the Migration Process


Big Bang Migration


Phased Migration


Multiple Domain Consolidation Migration




Best Practices


Chapter 17 Compatibility Testing


The Importance of Compatibility Testing


Preparing for Compatibility Testing


Researching Products and Applications


Verifying Compatibility with Vendors


Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit


Lab-Testing Existing Applications


Documenting the Results of the Compatibility Testing


Determining Whether a Prototype Phase Is Required




Best Practices


Part VI Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration and Management

Chapter 18 Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration


Defining the Administrative Model


Examining Active Directory Site Administration


Configuring Sites


Examining Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Groups


Creating Groups


Managing Users with Local Security and Group Policies


Managing Printers with the Print Management Console




Best Practices


Chapter 19 Windows Server 2008 R2 Group Policies and Policy Management


Group Policy Overview


Group Policy Processing--How Does It Work?


Local Group Policies


Security Templates


Elements of Group Policy


Group Policy Administrative Templates Explained


Policy Management Tools


Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure


GPO Administrative Tasks




Best Practices


Chapter 20 Windows Server 2008 R2 Management and Maintenance Practices


Going Green with Windows Server 2008 R2


Initial Configuration Tasks


Managing Windows Server 2008 R2 Roles and Features


Server Manager


Server Manager Diagnostics Page


Server Manager Configuration Page


Server Manager Storage Page


Auditing the Environment


Managing Windows Server 2008 R2 Remotely


Using Common Practices for Securing and Managing Windows Server 2008 R2


Keeping Up with Service Packs and Updates


Maintaining Windows Server 2008 R2




Best Practices


Chapter 21 Automating Tasks Using PowerShell Scripting


Understanding Shells


Introduction to PowerShell


Understanding the PowerShell Basics


Using Windows PowerShell




Best Practices


Chapter 22 Documenting a Windows Server 2008 R2 Environment


Benefits of Documentation


Types of Documents


Planning to Document the Windows Server 2008 R2 Environment


Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Management


Windows Server 2008 R2 Project Documents


Administration and Maintenance Documents


Network Infrastructure


Disaster Recovery Documentation


Change Management Procedures


Performance Documentation


Baselining Records for Documentation Comparisons


Routine Reporting


Security Documentation




Best Practices


Chapter 23 Integrating System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 with Windows Server 2008 R2


Windows Server 2008 R2 Monitoring


What's New in OpsMgr R2


Explaining How OpsMgr Works


Outlining OpsMgr Architecture


Understanding How to Use OpsMgr


Understanding OpsMgr Component Requirements


Understanding Advanced OpsMgr Concepts


Securing OpsMgr


Installing Operations Manager 2007 R2


Configuring Operations Manager 2007 R2


Monitoring DMZ Servers with Certificates


Using Operations Manager 2007 R2




Best Practices


Part VII Remote and Mobile Technologies

Chapter 24 Server-to-Client Remote Access and DirectAccess


VPN in Windows Server 2008 R2


Authentication Options to an RRAS System


VPN Protocols


DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2


Choosing Between Traditional VPN Technologies and DirectAccess


Traditional VPN Scenario


DirectAccess Scenario


Connection Manager




Best Practices


Chapter 25 Remote Desktop Services


Why Implement Remote Desktop Services


How Remote Desktop Works


Understanding the Name Change


Understanding Remote Desktop Services


Planning for Remote Desktop Services


Deploying Remote Desktop Services


Securing Remote Desktop Services


Supporting Remote Desktop Services




Best Practices


Part VIII Desktop Administration

Chapter 26 Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration Tools for Desktops


Managing Desktops and Servers


Operating System Deployment Options


Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Deployment Services


Installing Windows Deployment Services (WDS)


Creating Discover Images


Creating Custom Installations Using Capture Images


General Desktop Administration Tasks




Best Practices


Chapter 27 Group Policy Management for Network Clients


The Need for Group Policies


Windows Group Policies


Group Policy Feature Set


Planning Workgroup and Standalone Local Group Policy Configuration


Planning Domain Group Policy Objects


Managing Computers with Domain Policies


Managing Users with Policies


Managing Active Directory with Policies




Best Practices


Part IX Fault-Tolerance Technologies

Chapter 28 File System Management and Fault Tolerance


Windows Server 2008 R2 File System Overview/Technologies


File System Access Services and Technologies


Windows Server 2008 R2 Disks


Utilizing External Disk Subsystems


Managing Windows Server 2008 R2 Disks


System File Reliability


Adding the File Services Role


Managing Data Access Using Windows Server 2008 R2 Shares


Volume-Based NTFS Quota Management


File Server Resource Manager (FSRM)


The Distributed File System


Planning a DFS Deployment


Installing DFS


Managing and Troubleshooting DFS


Backing Up DFS


Using the Volume Shadow Copy Service




Best Practices


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


Building Fault-Tolerant Windows Server 2008 R2 Systems


Windows Server 2008 R2 Clustering Technologies


Determining the Correct Clustering Technology


Overview of Failover Clusters


Deploying Failover Clusters


Backing Up and Restoring Failover Clusters


Deploying Network Load Balancing Clusters


Managing NLB Clusters




Best Practices


Chapter 30 Backing Up the Windows Server 2008 R2 Environment


Understanding Your Backup and Recovery Needs and Options


Creating the Disaster Recovery Solution


Documenting the Enterprise


Developing a Backup Strategy


Windows Server Backup Overview


Using Windows Server Backup


Managing Backups Using the Command-Line Utility wbadmin.exe and PowerShell Cmdlets


Backing Up Windows Server 2008 R2 Role Services


Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)


Windows Server 2008 R2 Startup Options




Best Practices


Chapter 31 Recovering from a Disaster


Ongoing Backup and Recovery Preparedness


When Disasters Strike


Disaster Scenario Troubleshooting


Recovering from a Server or System Failure


Managing and Accessing Windows Server Backup Media


Windows Server Backup Volume Recovery


Recovering Role Services and Features




Best Practices


Part X Optimizing, Tuning, Debugging, and Problem Solving

Chapter 32 Optimizing Windows Server 2008 R2 for Branch Office Communications


Understanding Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs)


Installing a Read-Only Domain Controller


Understanding BitLocker Drive Encryption


Configuring BitLocker Drive Encryption on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Branch Office Domain Controller


Understanding and Deploying BranchCache


Enhancing Replication and WAN Utilization at the Branch Office




Best Practices


Chapter 33 Logging and Debugging


Using the Task Manager for Logging and Debugging


Using Event Viewer for Logging and Debugging


Performance and Reliability Monitoring


Setting Baseline Values


Using the Debugging Tools Available in Windows Server 2008 R2


Task Scheduler




Best Practices


Chapter 34 Capacity Analysis and Performance Optimization


Defining Capacity Analysis


Using Capacity-Analysis Tools


Monitoring System Performance


Optimizing Performance by Server Roles




Best Practices


Part XI Integrated Windows Application Services

Chapter 35 Windows SharePoint Services


Understanding the History of SharePoint Technologies


What Are the Differences Between Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and SharePoint Server 2007?


Identifying the Need for Windows SharePoint Services


Installing Windows SharePoint Services


Lists and Libraries in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0


Integrating Office 2007 Applications with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0


Managing the Site Collection




Best Practices


Chapter 36 Windows Media Services


Understanding Windows Media Services


Installing Windows Media Services


Using Windows Media Services for Real-Time Live Broadcasts


Broadcasting Stored Single Files


Hosting a Directory of Videos for On-Demand Playback


Combining Multiple Files for a Combined Single Broadcast


Understanding Windows Media Encoder


Broadcasting a Live Event


Capturing Audio or Video for Future Playback


Using Other Windows Media Encoder Options




Best Practices


Chapter 37 Deploying and Using Windows Virtualization


Understanding Microsoft's Virtualization Strategy


Integration of Hypervisor Technology in Windows Server 2008


Planning Your Implementation of Hyper-V


Installation of the Microsoft Hyper-V Role


Becoming Familiar with the Hyper-V Administrative Console


Installing a Guest Operating System Session


Modifying Guest Session Configuration Settings


Launching a Hyper-V Guest Session


Using Snapshots of Guest Operating System Sessions


Quick Migration and Live Migration




Best Practices




About the Authors


Rand H. Morimoto, Ph.D., MVP, MCITP, CISSP, has been in the computer industry for over 30 years and has authored, coauthored, or been a contributing writer for dozens of books on Windows, Security, Exchange, BizTalk, and Remote and Mobile Computing. Rand is the president of Convergent Computing, an IT-consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay area that has been one of the key early adopter program partners with Microsoft, implementing beta versions of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Exchange Server 2010, and SharePoint 2010 in production environments over 18 months before the initial product releases.

Michael Noel, MCITP, CISSP, MVP, is an internationally recognized technology expert, best-selling author, and well-known public speaker on a broad range of IT topics. He authored multiple major industry books that have been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. Significant titles include SharePoint 2010 Unleashed, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Unleashed, SharePoint 2007 Unleashed, Exchange Server 2007 Unleashed, ISA Server 2006 Unleashed, and many more. Currently a partner at Convergent Computing (www.cco.com) in the San Francisco Bay area, Michael's writing and extensive public speaking experience across six continents leverage his real-world expertise in helping organizations realize business value from Information Technology infrastructure.

Omar Droubi, MCSE, has been in the computer industry since 1992 and during this time has coauthored several of Sams Publishing best-selling books, including Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed and Windows Server 2008 Unleashed, and Omar has been a contributing writer and technical reviewer on several other books on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Exchange Server 2000, 2003, and 2007. Omar has been involved in testing, designing, and prototyping Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 infrastructures for the past four years, and has primarily focused on upgrading existing networks and utilizing many of the new roles and features included in the product. Also during this time, Omar has assisted several organizations with the development of technical road maps, planning and executing domain and server consolidation and virtualization projects, and deploying Exchange Server 2007 for organizations of all sizes.

Ross Mistry, MVP, MCITP, is a principal consultant and partner at Convergent Computing, an author, and a Microsoft MVP. With over a decade of experience, Ross focuses on designing and implementing Windows, Active Directory, Hyper-V, Exchange Server, and SQL Server solutions for Fortune 500 organizations located in the Silicon Valley. His specialties include upgrades, migrations, high availability, security, and virtualization. Ross has also taken on the roles of lead author, contributing writer, and technical editor for many best-selling books published by Sams. His recent works include SQL Server 2008 Management and Administration, Exchange Server 2010 Unleashed, and Windows Server 2008 Unleashed. Ross writes technical articles for many sites including TechTarget.com and frequently speaks at international conferences around the world.

Chris Amaris, MCSE, CISSP/ISSAP, CHS III, 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 Microsoft Windows since version 1.0 in 1985. He specializes in messaging, security, performance tuning, systems management, and migration. 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, writer, and technical editor for a number of IT books, including Network Security for Government and Corporate Executives, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Unleashed, and Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Unleashed. Chris presents on messaging, operations management, security, and Information Technology topics worldwide.