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  • 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


  • Copyright 2010
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 1680
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-672-33092-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-33092-6

Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed is the most comprehensive and realistic guide to planning, design, prototyping, implementation, migration, administration, and support. Based on the authors’ unsurpassed experience working with Windows Server 2008 R2 since its earliest alpha releases, it offers indispensable guidance drawn from hundreds of production environments.

Microsoft MVP Rand Morimoto and his colleagues systematically introduce Windows Server 2008 R2 to IT professionals, identifying R2’s most crucial enhancements and walking through every step of installation and configuration. Next, they present comprehensive coverage of every area of Windows Server 2008 R2, including Active Directory, networking services, security, R2 migration from Windows Server 2003 and 2008, administration, fault tolerance, optimization and troubleshooting, core application services, and more. 

The authors thoroughly address major Windows Server 2008 R2 enhancements and present extensive coverage of R2 innovations ranging from Hyper-V virtualization to DirectAccess and the enhancements in Failover Clustering. Every chapter contains tips, tricks, and best practices learned from actual deployments: practical information for using Windows Server 2008 R2 to solve real business problems.

Detailed information on how to...

  • Plan and migrate from Windows Server 2003/2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2 and use R2’s new server migration tools
  • Manage Active Directory with Active Directory Administrative Center, Best Practice Analyzer, and PowerShell scripts
  • Use R2’s updated security tools and templates to lock down servers, clients, and networks
  • Maximize availability with Windows Server 2008 R2 clustering, fault tolerance, and replication
  • Streamline client management with new Group Policy ADMX settings and management tools
  • Improve remote access using DirectAccess, Remote Desktop Services (formerly Terminal Services), and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • Implement Hyper-V virtualization including the built-in Live Migration technology
  • Leverage add-ons such as Windows SharePoint Services, Windows Media Services, and IIS 7.5

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Table of Contents

Introduction     1

Part I Windows Server 2008 R2 Overview

Chapter 1 Windows Server 2008 R2 Technology Primer     5

Windows Server 2008 R2 Defined     5

When Is the Right Time to Migrate?      10

Versions of Windows Server 2008 R2     12

What’s New and What’s the Same About Windows Server 2008 R2?      16

Changes in Active Directory     20

Windows Server 2008 R2 Benefits for Administration     22

Improvements in Security in Windows Server 2008 R2     26

Improvements in Mobile Computing in Windows Server 2008 R2     28

Improvements in Windows Server 2008 R2 for Better Branch Office Support     30

Improvements for Thin Client Remote Desktop Services     33

Improvements in Clustering and Storage Area Network Support     37

Addition of Migration Tools     38

Improvements in Server Roles in Windows Server 2008 R2     40

Identifying Which Windows Server 2008 R2 Service to Install or Migrate to First     43

Summary     46

Best Practices     47

Chapter 2 Planning, Prototyping, Migrating, and Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 Best Practices     49

Determining the Scope of Your Project     50

Identifying the Business Goals and Objectives to Implement Windows Server 2008 R2     50

Identifying the Technical Goals and Objectives to Implement Windows Server 2008 R2     53

The Discovery Phase: Understanding the Existing Environment     59

The Design Phase: Documenting the Vision and the Plan     3

The Migration Planning Phase: Documenting the Process for Migration     67

The Prototype Phase: Creating and Testing the Plan     73

The Pilot Phase: Validating the Plan to a Limited Number of Users     75

The Migration/Implementation Phase: Conducting the Migration or Installation     78

Summary     79

Best Practices     80

Chapter 3 Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 and Server Core     83

Preplanning and Preparing a Server Installation     .83

Installing a Clean Version of Windows Server 2008 R2 Operating System     89

Upgrading to Windows Server 2008 R2     98

Understanding Server Core Installation     103

Managing and Configuring a Server Core Installation     105

Performing an Unattended Windows Server 2008 R2 Installation     111

Summary     111

Best Practices     112

Part II Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory

Chapter 4 Active Directory Domain Services Primer     113

Examining the Evolution of Directory Services     .114

Understanding the Development of AD DS     115

Examining AD DS’s Structure     116

Outlining AD DS’s Components     119

Understanding Domain Trusts     124

Defining Organizational Units     126

Outlining the Role of Groups in an AD DS Environment     127

Explaining AD DS Replication     129

Outlining the Role of DNS in AD DS     131

Outlining AD DS Security     133

Outlining AD DS Changes in Windows Server 2008 R2     134

Summary     146

Best Practices     146

Chapter 5 Designing a Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory     149

Understanding AD DS Domain Design     149

Choosing a Domain Namespace     151

Examining Domain Design Features     153

Choosing a Domain Structure     154

Understanding the Single Domain Model     155

Understanding the Multiple Domain Model     157

Understanding the Multiple Trees in a Single Forest Model     160

Understanding the Federated Forests Design Model     162

Understanding the Empty-Root Domain Model     165

Understanding the Placeholder Domain Model     167

Understanding the Special-Purpose Domain Design Model     169

Renaming an AD DS Domain     170

Summary     173

Best Practices     173

Chapter 6 Designing Organizational Unit and Group Structure     175

Defining Organizational Units in AD DS     176

Defining AD Groups     178

Examining OU and Group Design     182

Starting an OU Design     182

Using OUs to Delegate Administration     184

Group Policies and OU Design     186

Understanding Group Design     186

Exploring Sample Design Models     188

Summary     193

Best Practices     193

Chapter 7 Active Directory Infrastructure     195

Understanding AD DS Replication in Depth     195

Understanding Active Directory Sites     200

Planning Replication Topology     207

Outlining Windows Server 2008 R2 IPv6 Support     213

Detailing Real-World Replication Designs     216

Deploying Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs)      220

Summary     224

Best Practices     225

Chapter 8 Creating Federated Forests and Lightweight Directories     227

Keeping a Distributed Environment in Sync     227

Active Directory Federation Services     232

Synchronizing Directory Information with Forefront Identity Manager (FIM)      236

Harnessing the Power and Potential of FIM     240

Summary     243

Best Practices     243

Chapter 9 Integrating Active Directory in a UNIX Environment     245

Understanding and Using Windows Server 2008 R2 UNIX Integration Components     245

Reviewing the Subsystem for UNIX-Based Applications (SUA)      252

Understanding the Identity Management for UNIX Components     253

Administrative Improvements with Windows Server 2008 R2     256

Summary     258

Best Practices     258

Part III Networking Services

Chapter 10 Domain Name System and IPv6     259

Understanding the Need for DNS     260

Getting Started with DNS on Windows Server 2008 R2     263

Resource Records     266

Understanding DNS Zones     270

Performing Zone Transfers     274

Understanding DNS Queries     276

Other DNS Components     278

Understanding the Evolution of Microsoft DNS     285

DNS in Windows Server 2008 R2     286

DNS in an Active Directory Domain Services Environment     288

Troubleshooting DNS     292

IPv6 Introduction     297

How to Configure IPv6 on Windows Server 2008 R2     311

Secure DNS with DNSSEC     316

Summary     323

Best Practices     323

Chapter 11 DHCP/WINS/Domain Controllers     325

Understanding the Key Components of an Enterprise Network     326

Exploring the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)      328

Exploring DHCP Changes in Windows Server 2008 R2     336

Enhancing DHCP Reliability     .345

Implementing Redundant DHCP Services     350

Exploring Advanced DHCP Concepts     358

Securing DHCP     359

Reviewing the Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS)      361

Installing and Configuring WINS     364

Planning, Migrating, and Maintaining WINS     368

Exploring Global Catalog Domain Controller Placement     370

Summary     374

Best Practices     374

Chapter 12 Internet Information Services     377

Understanding Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5     377

Planning and Designing Internet Information Services 7.5     382

Installing and Upgrading IIS 7.5     383

Installing and Configuring Websites     389

Installing and Configuring FTP Services     397

Securing Internet Information Services 7.5     407

Summary     416

Best Practices     417

Part IV Security

Chapter 13 Server-Level Security     419

Defining Windows Server 2008 R2 Security     419

Deploying Physical Security     420

Using the Integrated Windows Firewall with Advanced Security     424

Hardening Server Security     427

Examining File-Level Security     429

Additional Security Mechanisms     433

Using Windows Server Update Services     434

Summary     440

Best Practices     440

Chapter 14 Transport-Level Security     441

Introduction to Transport-Level Security in Windows Server 2008 R2     442

Deploying a Public Key Infrastructure with Windows Server 2008 R2     443

Understanding Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) in Windows Server 2008 R2     444

Active Directory Rights Management Services     451

Using IPSec Encryption with Windows Server 2008 R2     454

Summary     456

Best Practices     456

Chapter 15 Security Policies, Network Policy Server, and Network Access Protection     459

Understanding Network Access Protection (NAP) in Windows Server 2008 R2     459

Deploying a Windows Server 2008 R2 Network Policy Server     462

Enforcing Policy Settings with a Network Policy Server     465

Deploying and Enforcing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) Using an RRAS Server     473

Summary     480

Best Practices     481

Part V Migrating to Windows Server 2008 R2

Chapter 16 Migrating from Windows Server 2003/2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2     483

Beginning the Migration Process     484

Big Bang Migration     487

Phased Migration     491

Multiple Domain Consolidation Migration     505

Summary     522

Best Practices     523

Chapter 17 Compatibility Testing     525

The Importance of Compatibility Testing     526

Preparing for Compatibility Testing     527

Researching Products and Applications     534

Verifying Compatibility with Vendors     537

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit     542

Lab-Testing Existing Applications     543

Documenting the Results of the Compatibility Testing     546

Determining Whether a Prototype Phase Is Required     546

Summary     547

Best Practices     548

Part VI Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration and Management

Chapter 18 Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration     549

Defining the Administrative Model     550

Examining Active Directory Site Administration     551

Configuring Sites     554

Examining Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Groups     562

Creating Groups     564

Managing Users with Local Security and Group Policies     568

Managing Printers with the Print Management Console     576

Summary     582

Best Practices     583

Chapter 19 Windows Server 2008 R2 Group Policies and Policy Management     585

Group Policy Overview     585

Group Policy Processing--How Does It Work?      586

Local Group Policies     588

Security Templates     590

Elements of Group Policy     591

Group Policy Administrative Templates Explained     603

Policy Management Tools     607

Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure     616

GPO Administrative Tasks     619

Summary     637

Best Practices     637

Chapter 20 Windows Server 2008 R2 Management and Maintenance Practices     639

Going Green with Windows Server 2008 R2     640

Initial Configuration Tasks     641

Managing Windows Server 2008 R2 Roles and Features     643

Server Manager     647

Server Manager Diagnostics Page     652

Server Manager Configuration Page     657

Server Manager Storage Page     661

Auditing the Environment     665

Managing Windows Server 2008 R2 Remotely     674

Using Common Practices for Securing and Managing Windows Server 2008 R2     679

Keeping Up with Service Packs and Updates     681

Maintaining Windows Server 2008 R2     685

Summary     696

Best Practices     696

Chapter 21 Automating Tasks Using PowerShell Scripting     699

Understanding Shells     700

Introduction to PowerShell     702

Understanding the PowerShell Basics     705

Using Windows PowerShell     732

Summary     762

Best Practices     762

Chapter 22 Documenting a Windows Server 2008 R2 Environment     763

Benefits of Documentation     764

Types of Documents     765

Planning to Document the Windows Server 2008 R2 Environment     766

Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Management     766

Windows Server 2008 R2 Project Documents     767

Administration and Maintenance Documents     780

Network Infrastructure     784

Disaster Recovery Documentation     785

Change Management Procedures     788

Performance Documentation     788

Baselining Records for Documentation Comparisons     789

Routine Reporting     789

Security Documentation     790

Summary     791

Best Practices     791

Chapter 23 Integrating System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 with Windows Server 2008 R2     793

Windows Server 2008 R2 Monitoring     794

What’s New in OpsMgr R2     796

Explaining How OpsMgr Works     796

Outlining OpsMgr Architecture     798

Understanding How to Use OpsMgr     802

Understanding OpsMgr Component Requirements     805

Understanding Advanced OpsMgr Concepts     807

Securing OpsMgr     811

Installing Operations Manager 2007 R2     814

Configuring Operations Manager 2007 R2     822

Monitoring DMZ Servers with Certificates     831

Using Operations Manager 2007 R2     837

Summary     846

Best Practices     846

Part VII Remote and Mobile Technologies

Chapter 24 Server-to-Client Remote Access and DirectAccess     849

VPN in Windows Server 2008 R2     850

Authentication Options to an RRAS System     856

VPN Protocols     858

DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2     863

Choosing Between Traditional VPN Technologies and DirectAccess     873

Traditional VPN Scenario     876

DirectAccess Scenario     898

Connection Manager     .916

Summary     919

Best Practices     919

Chapter 25 Remote Desktop Services     921

Why Implement Remote Desktop Services     922

How Remote Desktop Works     925

Understanding the Name Change     928

Understanding Remote Desktop Services     928

Planning for Remote Desktop Services     947

Deploying Remote Desktop Services     953

Securing Remote Desktop Services     979

Supporting Remote Desktop Services     981

Summary     984

Best Practices     985

Part VIII Desktop Administration

Chapter 26 Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration Tools for Desktops     987

Managing Desktops and Servers     988

Operating System Deployment Options     989

Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Deployment Services     991

Installing Windows Deployment Services (WDS)      994

Creating Discover Images     1005

Creating Custom Installations Using Capture Images     1016

General Desktop Administration Tasks     1020

Summary     1021

Best Practices     1021

Chapter 27 Group Policy Management for Network Clients     1023

The Need for Group Policies     1024

Windows Group Policies     1025

Group Policy Feature Set     1028

Planning Workgroup and Standalone Local Group Policy Configuration     1033

Planning Domain Group Policy Objects     1036

Managing Computers with Domain Policies     1045

Managing Users with Policies     1070

Managing Active Directory with Policies     1076

Summary     1095

Best Practices     1096

Part IX Fault-Tolerance Technologies

Chapter 28 File System Management and Fault Tolerance     1097

Windows Server 2008 R2 File System Overview/Technologies     1097

File System Access Services and Technologies     1102

Windows Server 2008 R2 Disks     1105

Utilizing External Disk Subsystems     1109

Managing Windows Server 2008 R2 Disks     1109

System File Reliability     1118

Adding the File Services Role     1120

Managing Data Access Using Windows Server 2008 R2 Shares     1122

Volume-Based NTFS Quota Management     1128

File Server Resource Manager (FSRM)      1130

The Distributed File System     1147

Planning a DFS Deployment     1152

Installing DFS     1155

Managing and Troubleshooting DFS     1163

Backing Up DFS     1166

Using the Volume Shadow Copy Service     1167

Summary     1170

Best Practices     1170

Chapter 29 System-Level Fault Tolerance (Clustering/Network Load Balancing)      1173

Building Fault-Tolerant Windows Server 2008 R2 Systems     1174

Windows Server 2008 R2 Clustering Technologies     1177

Determining the Correct Clustering Technology     1182

Overview of Failover Clusters     1184

Deploying Failover Clusters     1191

Backing Up and Restoring Failover Clusters     1211

Deploying Network Load Balancing Clusters     1215

Managing NLB Clusters     1223

Summary     1225

Best Practices     1225

Chapter 30 Backing Up the Windows Server 2008 R2 Environment     1227

Understanding Your Backup and Recovery Needs and Options     .1228

Creating the Disaster Recovery Solution     1232

Documenting the Enterprise     1234

Developing a Backup Strategy     1234

Windows Server Backup Overview     1235

Using Windows Server Backup     1239

Managing Backups Using the Command-Line Utility wbadmin.exe and PowerShell Cmdlets     1246

Backing Up Windows Server 2008 R2 Role Services     1248

Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)      1262

Windows Server 2008 R2 Startup Options     1264

Summary     1265

Best Practices     1265

Chapter 31 Recovering from a Disaster     1267

Ongoing Backup and Recovery Preparedness     1267

When Disasters Strike     1271

Disaster Scenario Troubleshooting     1274

Recovering from a Server or System Failure     1277

Managing and Accessing Windows Server Backup Media     1285

Windows Server Backup Volume Recovery     1287

Recovering Role Services and Features     1291

Summary     1302

Best Practices     1302

Part X Optimizing, Tuning, Debugging, and Problem Solving

Chapter 32 Optimizing Windows Server 2008 R2 for Branch Office Communications     1305

Understanding Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs)      1306

Installing a Read-Only Domain Controller     1310

Understanding BitLocker Drive Encryption     1323

Configuring BitLocker Drive Encryption on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Branch Office Domain Controller     1326

Understanding and Deploying BranchCache     1333

Enhancing Replication and WAN Utilization at the Branch Office     1339

Summary     1342

Best Practices     1342

Chapter 33 Logging and Debugging     1345

Using the Task Manager for Logging and Debugging     1345

Using Event Viewer for Logging and Debugging     1350

Performance and Reliability Monitoring     1359

Setting Baseline Values     1369

Using the Debugging Tools Available in Windows Server 2008 R2     1371

Task Scheduler     1382

Summary     1388

Best Practices     1389

Chapter 34 Capacity Analysis and Performance Optimization     1391

Defining Capacity Analysis     1391

Using Capacity-Analysis Tools     1395

Monitoring System Performance     1415

Optimizing Performance by Server Roles     1423

Summary     1430

Best Practices     1430

Part XI Integrated Windows Application Services

Chapter 35 Windows SharePoint Services     1433

Understanding the History of SharePoint Technologies     1434

What Are the Differences Between Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and SharePoint Server 2007?      1436

Identifying the Need for Windows SharePoint Services     1439

Installing Windows SharePoint Services     1440

Lists and Libraries in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0     1453

Integrating Office 2007 Applications with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0     1469

Managing the Site Collection     1475

Summary     1479

Best Practices     1481

Chapter 36 Windows Media Services     1483

Understanding Windows Media Services     1484

Installing Windows Media Services     1489

Using Windows Media Services for Real-Time Live Broadcasts     1492

Broadcasting Stored Single Files     1495

Hosting a Directory of Videos for On-Demand Playback     1498

Combining Multiple Files for a Combined Single Broadcast     1501

Understanding Windows Media Encoder     1504

Broadcasting a Live Event     1506

Capturing Audio or Video for Future Playback     1508

Using Other Windows Media Encoder Options     1510

Summary     1512

Best Practices     1512

Chapter 37 Deploying and Using Windows Virtualization     1515

Understanding Microsoft’s Virtualization Strategy     1515

Integration of Hypervisor Technology in Windows Server 2008     1517

Planning Your Implementation of Hyper-V     1519

Installation of the Microsoft Hyper-V Role     1522

Becoming Familiar with the Hyper-V Administrative Console     1524

Installing a Guest Operating System Session     1529

Modifying Guest Session Configuration Settings     1533

Launching a Hyper-V Guest Session     1535

Using Snapshots of Guest Operating System Sessions     1538

Quick Migration and Live Migration     1540

Summary     1550

Best Practices     1551

Index     1553


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