A comprehensive and practical guide to Windows Server 2016
About This Book
- In-depth coverage of new features of Windows Server 2016
- Gain the necessary skills and knowledge to design and implement Microsoft Server 2016 in enterprise environment
- Know how you can support your medium to large enterprise and leverage your experience in administering Microsoft Server 2016,
- A practical guide to administering Windows server 2016
Who This Book Is For
The book is targeted at System Administrators and IT professionals who would like to design and deploy Windows Server 2016 (physical and logical) Enterprise infrastructure. Previous experience of Windows Server operating systems and familiarity with networking concepts is assumed. System administrators who are upgrading or migrating to Windows Server 2016 would also find this book useful.
What You Will Learn
- Familiarize yourself with Windows Server 2016 ideology, the core of most datacenters running today
- New functions and benefits provided only by the new Windows Server 2016
- Get comfortable working with Nanoserver
- Secure your network with new technologies in Server 2016
- Harden your Windows Servers to help keep those bad guys out!
- Using new built-in integration for Docker with this latest release of Windows Server 2016
- Virtualize your datacenter with Hyper-V
Windows Server 2016 is the server operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, developed concurrently with Windows 10. With Windows Server 2016, Microsoft has gotten us thinking outside of the box for what it means to be a system administration, and comes with some interesting new capabilities. These are exciting times to be or to become a server administrator!
This book covers all aspects of administration level tasks and activities required to gain expertise in Microsoft Windows Server 2016. You will begin by getting familiar and comfortable navigating around in the interface. Next, you will learn to install and manage Windows Server 2016 and discover some tips for adapting to the new server management ideology that is all about centralized monitoring and configuration.
You will deep dive into core Microsoft infrastructure technologies that the majority of companies are going to run on Server 2016. Core technologies such as Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, Certificate Services, File Services, and more. We will talk about networking in this new operating system, giving you a networking toolset that is useful for everyday troubleshooting and maintenance. Also discussed is the idea of Software Defined Networking. You will later walk through different aspects of certificate administration in Windows Server 2016. Three important and crucial areas to cover in the Remote Access role -- DirectAccess, VPN, and the Web Application Proxy -- are also covered.
You will then move into security functions and benefits that are available in Windows Server 2016. Also covered is the brand new and all-important Nano Server!
We will incorporate PowerShell as a central platform for performing many of the functions that are discussed in this book, including a chapter dedicated to the new PowerShell 5.0. Additionally, you will learn about the new built-in integration for Docker with this latest release of Windows Server 2016. The book ends with a discussion and information on virtualizing your datacenter with Hyper-V.
By the end of this book, you will have all the ammunition required to start planning for and implementing Windows Server 2016.
Style and approach
This book offers a practical and wide coverage of all features of brand new Microsoft Server 2016 along with tips on daily administration tasks.
Table of contents
Mastering Windows Server 2016
- Table of Contents
- Mastering Windows Server 2016
- About the Author
- About the Reviewer
1. Getting Started with Windows Server 2016
- What is the purpose of Windows Server?
- It's getting "cloudy" out there
- An overview of new features
- Navigating the interface
- Using the new Settings screen
- Task Manager
- Task View
2. Installing and Managing Windows Server 2016
- Installing Windows Server 2016
- Installing roles and features
- Centralized management and monitoring
- Sysprep enables quick server rollouts
3. Core Infrastructure Services
- What is a domain controller?
- Using AD DS to organize your network
- The power of Group Policy
- DNS overview
- DHCP versus static addressing
- Back up and restore
- MMC and MSC shortcuts
4. Certificates in Windows Server 2016
- Common certificate types
- Planning your PKI
- Creating a new certificate template
- Issuing your new certificates
- Creating an autoenrollment policy
- Obtaining a public authority SSL certificate
- Exporting and importing certificates
5. Networking with Windows Server 2016
- Intro to IPv6
- Networking toolbox
- Building a routing table
- Software-Defined Networking
6. Enabling Your Mobile Workforce
- DirectAccess – automatic VPN!
- The truth about DirectAccess and IPv6
Prerequisites for DirectAccess
- Domain joined
- Supported client operating systems
- DirectAccess servers get one or two NICs?
- To NAT or not to NAT?
- Network Location Server
- Certificates used with DirectAccess
- Do not use the Getting Started Wizard!
- Remote Access Management Console
- DirectAccess versus VPN
- Web Application Proxy
- Requirements for WAP
- Server 2016 improvements to WAP
7. Hardening and Security
- Windows Defender
- Windows Firewall – no laughing matter
- Encryption technologies
- Advanced Threat Analytics
- Lightweight Gateway
- General security best practices
8. Tiny Servers
- Why Server Core?
- Interfacing with Server Core
- Roles available in Server Core
- Nano Server versus Server Core
- Setting up your first Nano Server
- Nano Server Image Builder
- Administering Nano Server
9. Redundancy in Windows Server 2016
- Network Load Balancing
- Configuring a load balanced website
- Failover clustering
- Clustering tiers
- Setting up a failover cluster
- Clustering improvements in Windows Server 2016
10. Learning PowerShell 5.0
- Why move to PowerShell?
- Working within PowerShell
- PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment
- Remotely managing a server
- Desired State Configuration
11. Application Containers and Docker
- Understanding application containers
- The differences between hypervisors and containers
- Windows Server Containers versus Hyper-V Containers
- Starting a container with PowerShell
- What is Docker?
- Docker Trusted Registry
12. Virtualizing Your Datacenter with Hyper-V
- Designing and implementing your Hyper-V Server
- Using virtual switches
- Creating a new virtual switch
- Implementing a new virtual server
- Managing a virtual server
- Shielded VMs
- Hyper-V Server 2016
- Title: Mastering Windows Server 2016
- Release date: October 2016
- Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
- ISBN: 9781785888908
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