Chapter 11

Setting Up a Server


Getting a handle on server operating system features

Discovering Windows Server and other server options

Thinking about the different ways to install a server operating system

Getting ready for the installation

Installing a server operating system

Configuring your server roles

One of the basic choices that you must make before you proceed any further in building your network is to decide which server operating system to use as the foundation for your network. This chapter begins with a description of several important features found in all server operating systems. Next, it provides an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular server operating systems, including various versions of Windows Server, Linux, and Apple’s OS X Server.

Of course, your work doesn’t end with the selection of a server operating system. You must then install and configure the operating system to get it working. This chapter provides an overview of what’s involved with installing and configuring Microsoft’s latest and greatest server operating system, Windows Server 2016.

Server Operating System Features

All server operating systems must provide certain core functions, such as connecting to other computers on the network, sharing files and other resources, and providing for security. In the following sections, I describe some core server operating system features in general terms.

Network support

It goes without saying that a server ...

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