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This chapter is from the book

Best Practices

The following are best practices from this chapter:

  • Verify that Windows Server 2012 supports your hardware, devices, and drivers.
  • Stick to using the recommended or optimal hardware and software requirements.
  • Make sure you document your server configuration information and perform a backup of any data that you want to keep.
  • Use the Windows Server 2012 Server Manager Local Server view to conduct post-installation tasks.
  • Utilize Windows Server Core installations when the highest level of security is warranted.
  • Use a consistent naming convention to name the servers and client machines.
  • Use only Internet standard characters in your computer name. This includes the letters A–Z (uppercase and lowercase), the numbers 0–9, and the hyphen (-).
  • Periodically verify that system backups can be used to recover a system in a lab environment.
  • As soon as you complete the installation, rename the administrator account and assign a strong password, for the sake of security.
  • Automate installation by using Windows Deployment Services or System Center Configuration Manager 2012.
  • Choose and install Windows Server 2012 roles and features to a server to take advantage of new capabilities built in to Windows Server 2012.
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