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A complete and practical guide to migrating to, deploying and administering Windows Server 2003 using ProLiant hardware.

° Explains the use of ProLiant servers in the context of Windows Server 2003 to help administrators prepare for the upcoming transition from Windows NT.

° Provides detailed information on ProLiant hardware, tools, installation, tips and tricks.

° Gives hands-on examples and real-world case studies from companies who have already migrated to and deployed Windows Server 2003.


  • Copyright 2005
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/4"
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-146758-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-146758-3

System administrators have recently been faced with the issue of upgrading toWindows Server 2003 and managing their systems after migration. Microsofthas announced plans to discontinue Windows NT support in 2004, forcingcompanies that have not yet done so to migrate and deploy Windows Server2003. This book addresses the needs of customers using the popular ProLiantserver platform. It describes ProLiant-specific issues in migration, deploymentand management, including technical aspects and using ProLiant tools. It alsocovers Clustering/High Availability, Virtual Private Networking, DisasterRecovery and Exchange. Windows Server 2003 on ProLiants functions as a "howto"guide to migrating, deploying and administering Windows Server 2003using ProLiant hardware.



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AD_Troubleshooting.iso - This is a very comprehensive CD for AD Troubleshooting. Contains a lot of Microsoft Downloads such as the ADMT tool, the GPMC tool, and others, as well as articles referenced in this book. There isn't anything especially secret here; it's all public information, but I put it in one spot so you don't have to search for it. Of course, Microsoft updates tools and articles from time to time so be sure to check their web site. This file can be used to burn a CD using any CD writing software. In most software packages, the ISO will be referred to as an "Image". For instance, in Roxio's EasyCDCreator, go to File - Record CD From CD Image. Put a blank CDR in the CD drive and browse to find the .iso image (be sure to set the file type in the browse dialog to ".ISO"), then hit the record option. Note: This ISO will be updated from time to time.

FinancialMetricsLite.zip and BusinessCasePresentation.zip - These are ROI calculation tools noted in Chapter 3 from SolutionMatrix.com. They are provided here as they are excellent tools and these things tend to disappear from web sites over time. Provided with permission from Solution Matrix.

ProLiant Booklinks.doc - List of ProLiant related web links used in the book.

Windows2000Group_Policy_Object_Tree.xls - Spreadsheet detailing all Windows 2000 Group Policy settings. Allows searching and recording settings used in your group policy object definitions. Instructions are contained on the first worksheet.

Win2003_GroupPolicySettings.xls - Spreadsheet detailing all Windows 2003 Group Policy settints

GPOTreeforDC.xls - Spreadsheet showing typical settings for default DC policy. Permits easy tracking of settings for this policy.

Helpful AD Troubleshooting Links - List of web sites that are excellent sources for AD Troubleshooting.

Replication Fails after Replica DC Promotion - Article on how to fix a problem where DCPromo Fails to create an outbound connection. Uses a little known feature in the Repadmin.exe utility. Note: there is an article on the Troubleshooting ISO image that is an older version of this article. This article is the most recent.

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Table of Contents


1. What's New in Windows Server 2003 and in ProLiant Architecture and Tools.

Active Directory (AD)



Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)

New Features in ProLiant Architecture and Tools


2. Introduction to ProLiant Servers.

A Brief Look at ProLiant History

The ProLiant and Windows Partnership

Microsoft's Systems Architecture

The Evolving ProLiant Server Product Line

Continuity and Component Commonality on ProLiant

ProLiant Models and Generations

ProLiant Reliability and Advanced Memory Features

Storage Options

ProLiant Software Tools and Utilities

Server Deployment

System Management




3. Migration Planning: Business and Technical.

Building a Business Plan: Cost Savings and Return   on Investment

Building a Business Case

Windows Server 2003 Functional Levels

Migration Methodologies

Migration Tools

Migration Case Studies

Migration-The Big Picture



4. Assessment of the Enterprise.

The Assessment Team

Gathering Data for the Assessment

Conducting the Assessment

Defining the Windows 2003 Infrastructure

Infrastructure Impact

Training Requirements

Benefits Analysis and Recommendations

Best Practices




5. Active Directory Logical Design.

The Design Team

Logical Structure Design

Security Planning and Design

Replication Topology

File Replication Service (FRS) Design and Implementation



6. The Physical Design and Developing the Pilot.

Analysis and Documentation of the Existing Network

Server Placement

Network Services

Time Services

File and Print Services

Selection of ProLiant Servers for the Enterprise

Build Guides

The Pilot

Design Documentation




7. ProLiant Server Installation and Deployment.

Installation of Windows Server 2003

SmartStart Installation Paths

Upgrading to Windows 2003

Upgrading from Windows NT 4.0

Upgrading from Windows 2000

ProLiant Essentials Software

SmartStart and Management CDs

Server Setup and Installation

ProLiant Server Software and Drivers Web Site



 8. ProLiant Management Tools.

HP ProLiant Essentials Performance Management Pack

HP ProLiant Essentials Workload Management Pack

SmartStart Scripting Toolkit

HP Systems Insight Manager



9. ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack (RDP).

Key Benefits and Features

RDP Architecture and Deployment Planning

RDP-Windows Edition Architecture

Implementation Examples

Installation Requirements

Introduction to the RDP

Using the RDP

Understanding the ProLiant Integration Module

Understanding the Deployment Server Directory Structure

Customizing the Provided Jobs, Scripts, Tools, and Configuration Files

Deploying Servers that Boot from a SAN with the RDP


Recommended Documents and Additional Information


10. System Administration.

Monitoring Active Directory (AD) Infrastructure

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)

Bulk Import and Export of AD Objects

ProLiant Management Tools

Troubleshooting AD

Troubleshooting ProLiant



11. Disaster Recovery.

The Disaster Recovery Plan

Backing Up AD

Simple Repair of AD

Restore of AD

ProLiant and Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery Case Study




12. Migrating to Exchange 2003.

Choosing to Move to Exchange 2003

Planning the Move to Exchange 2003

Conducting the Technical Assessment of the   Current Environment

The Exchange Design

Outlook 2003-Features and Improvements

Exchange Server Sizing and Placement

Exchange on ProLiant Servers



13. High Availability in Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft Cluster Technologies Update

Getting to Clustered Windows Server 2003

Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) Improvements

Network Load Balancing (NLB)

Application Center Server

High-Availability Clusters on ProLiant Servers



14. Remote Access Service.

What Is a Virtual Private Network?

Installing Windows Server 2003 as an IAS Server to Support   the VPN Server

Installing Windows Server 2003 as a VPN Server

Using the Connection Manager Administrators Kit



15. Terminal Services for Windows Server 2003.

Benefits of Terminal Services

Client Features

Server Features

Administration Tools

Terminal Server License Server

Designing Terminal Server Infrastructure

Registry Settings




Appendix A - Case Studies.

Eastman Chemical Company

Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)

Hewlett-Packard Corporation (HP)

Reed Elsevier

Appendix B - ProLiant Product Details.

ProLiant BL-e Class

ProLiant BL-p Class

Density Optimized ProLiant DL Servers

Maximized for Expansion-ProLiant ML Server

ProLiant 100 Servers

Appendix C - Glossary of Active Directory Replication Terminology.

Active Directory (AD) Replication Terminology

File Replication Service (FRS) Terminology 1104-

Appendix D - Terminal Server Client Error Messages and Troubleshooting.

Troubleshooting General Error Messages

Troubleshooting Licensing Error Messages

Appendix E - Sample VBS.




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Welcome to Windows Server 2003 on ProLiant Servers. Early in the design of this book, we decided that our overall approach was to tell the reader, "Your ProLiant is a very significant investment and is a powerful server. Look at all the things it can be used for with Windows Server 2003: It can run Active Directory to network your entire enterprise in a secure, dynamic, and scalable structure; it can be an Exchange Server, a VPN Server, or a Terminal Services Server; it can provide High Availability through Clustering; and more." But rather than regurgitate white papers and documents that tell how it should work , we took the approach of how it does work and here are some tips on what does and doesn't work . We did that by documenting actual case studies of migrations by HP itself, HP customers such as Reed Elseveir, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and Eastman Chemical, and numerous practical examples found while working with customers in their daily work at HP. Of course there is no shortage of books on Windows Server 2003, but our niche is deploying Windows Server 2003 on ProLiant servers. This book's added value is how to use the "ProLiant Advantage" in your Windows environment. We have weaved recommendations, tips, and details regarding ProLiant deployment, management, and troubleshooting throughout the book. For example, Chapter 10 covers Windows system management and troubleshooting, and how to use ProLiant management tools and troubleshooting methods. Chapter 11 discusses disaster recovery methods for Active Directory and ProLiant servers. Server sizing and recommendations are noted in various chapters.

Written by HP engineers and designed to communicate the benefits and unique features of Windows Server 2003 and ProLiant, this book presents them in a positive voice that reflects the authors' true confidence in these two platforms. This book is not a marketing tool; rather it's a technical resource book designed to help those who have made investments in ProLiant servers understand how to utilize the features, administration tools, and deployment tools in developing a sound Windows 2003 infrastructure. This includes providing an in-depth explanation of Windows 2003 features—how they differ from Windows 2000 and how that will help your organization. So if you encounter a passage that seems a little zealous in its presentation of the facts, keep in mind that it just reflects the authors' enthusiasm for two darn good products!

This book is the first of its kind in that it combines two separate platforms that are traditionally used together, but have not ever been covered as the primary focus of a single book. Windows and ProLiant are probably the most widely deployed operating system (OS) and server combination in use today. With more than eight million ProLiant servers sold at sales of over one and a half million units annually with around 80% deployed with Windows Server, the community of organizations running Windows on ProLiant is substantial and growing at a rapid pace. As the industry standard server category has grown, Windows Server and ProLiant have become a tradition for many businesses. The current generation of ProLiant servers and Windows Server 2003 continue the tradition of industry standards-based innovation to again offer a powerful combination of features and technologies. It seems fitting to detail these two platforms—their features and how they complement one another—as they are actually used in tandem by IT organizations every day around the world.

The community of ProLiant and Windows engineers within HP composes the largest organization of Windows and ProLiant specialists anywhere. Drawing on this unique body of expertise, HP maintains the largest installation of Windows Server 2003 outside of Microsoft and services thousands of the world's leading organizations. HP provides the Windows Server 2003 and ProLiant expertise to help these organizations meet the challenges of planning, deploying, managing, and maintaining these evolving technologies. For the authors and contributors of this ground-breaking book, the opportunity to work within this unique and talented community has been a challenging and rewarding experience. What we've learned during our tenure has provided the inspiration to take on the challenge of assembling and organizing the details of the many components of the two platforms to assist individuals and organizations in taking full advantage of these two powerful products.

How to Use This Book

Individuals and organizations can use this book as a

  • Guide to deployment

  • Ready reference

  • Resource for information when making decisions about Active Directory (AD)

  • Thorough introduction to the particulars of deployment of Windows Server 2003 and ProLiant servers

The authors assume the reader has a fundamental understanding of servers, networking, AD, and the Microsoft Windows family of OSs, but we don't expect every reader to be an expert on every subject. We've tried to provide background where appropriate, as well as references to additional information.

How the Book Is Organized

The book is organized in Parts and laid out around a migration plan that can be used to migrate from Windows NT or Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003.

Part 1 Introduction to Windows Server 2003 and ProLiant Servers

    Chapter 1 What's New in Windows Server 2003 and ProLiant Architecture and Tools

    By Gary Olsen and Bruce Howard

    Chapter 2 Introduction to ProLiant Servers

    By Bruce Howard

Part 2 Migration and Assessment Planning

    Chapter 3 Migration Planning: Business and Technical

    By Gary Olsen

    Chapter 4 Assessment of the Enterprise

    By Gary Olsen

Part 3 Designing the Active Directory

    Chapter 5 Active Directory Logical Design

    By Gary Olsen

    Chapter 6 The Physical Design and Developing the Pilot

    By Gary Olsen

Part 4 Deployment, Management, and Disaster Recovery

    Chapter 7 ProLiant Server Installation and Deployment

    By Bruce Howard

    Chapter 8 ProLiant Management Tools

    By Bruce Howard

    Chapter 9 ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack (RDP)

    By Bruce Howard

    Chapter 10 System Administration

    By Gary Olsen and Bruce Howard

    Chapter 11 Disaster Recovery

    By Gary Olsen and Bruce Howard

Part 5 Business Applications and Solutions

    Chapter 12 Migrating to Exchange 2003

    By Don Livengood

    Chapter 13 High Availability in Windows Server 2003

    By Frank Blando

    Chapter 14 Remote Access Service

    By Thaddeus Fortenberry

    Chapter 15 Terminal Services for Windows Server 2003

    By Ann Lovell

If you are currently using Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 and planning to migrate to Windows Server 2003, this book provides an excellent resource for making the transition. By using the information in this book, you can optimize your ProLiant servers for better performance and enhanced management capabilities. You can also access the book's Web sites at http://www.phptr.com/title/0131467581 and http://www.WindowsOnProLiant.com to access additional information, links to information referenced throughout the book, and technical updates. We hope you will take full advantage of both of these resources to make a smooth transition to Windows Server 2003 on ProLiant servers.

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