Sams Teach Yourself Windows

Book description

In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, you will be able to install and configure Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and its various services for any size network. Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson builds on the previous ones, enabling you to learn the essentials of Windows Server® 2008 from the ground up.

Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common tasks.

Q&As at the end of each hour help you test your knowledge.

By the Way notes present interesting information related to the discussion.

Did You Know? tips offer advice or show you easier ways to do something.

Watch Out! cautions alert you to possible problems and give you advice on how to avoid them.

Joe Habraken is a computer technology professional and best-selling author with more than fifteen years of experience in the information technology field. He has written more than twenty computer and information technology publications including Home Wireless Networking in a Snap, Skinning Windows XP, and Sams Teach Yourself Networking in 24 Hours (with Matt Hayden). Joe, a Microsoft Certified Professional and Cisco Certified Network Associate, currently serves as an associate professor at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME, where he teaches a variety of new media and information technology-related courses.

Learn how to…

--Install the latest version of the Windows network operating system

--Design and implement Active Directory Forests, Trees, and Domains

--Configure Windows servers for a number of different roles including domain controller, remote access server, file server, print server, Web server, and much more

--Add users to your domain’s Active Directory and organize users in groups and organizational units

--Implement network services such as DNS, DHCP, Windows Deployment Services, and Routing and Remote Access

--Secure your servers with the Windows Firewall and IPSec and make your domain more secure using the Active Directory Certificate Services

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Table of contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. About the Author
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. We Want to Hear from You!
  5. Reader Services
  6. Introduction
    1. Who Should Use This Book?
    2. Conventions Used in This Book
  7. I. Server Installation and Configuration
    1. 1. Introducing Microsoft Windows Server 2008
      1. Introducing Windows Server 2008
      2. Improvements and Additions to Windows Server 2008
      3. The Different Flavors of Windows Server 2008
        1. Standard Edition
        2. Enterprise Edition
        3. Datacenter Edition
        4. Web Edition
      4. Summary
      5. Q&A
    2. 2. Installing Windows Server 2008
      1. Planning the Server Installation
      2. Server Hardware Requirements
      3. Understanding Server Licensing Issues
      4. Choosing to Upgrade or Make a Clean Installation
      5. Windows Server 2008–Supported File Systems
      6. Performing a Clean Installation
      7. Performing an In-Place Upgrade
      8. Installing a Core Installation
      9. Choosing Between a Workgroup and a Domain
      10. Summary
      11. Q&A
    3. 3. Configuring Windows Server 2008 Basic Settings
      1. Working with the Server Start Menu
      2. Using the Control Panel
        1. System and Maintenance
        2. Security
        3. Network and Internet
        4. Hardware and Sound
        5. Programs
        6. User Accounts
        7. Appearance and Personalization
        8. Clock, Language, and Region
        9. Ease of Access
      3. Working with Printers and Other Hardware Devices
      4. Uninstalling a Program
      5. Scheduling Tasks
      6. Configuring Virtual Memory Settings
      7. Using the Server Manager
      8. Managing Local User Accounts and Groups
        1. Adding Local Users
        2. Local User Groups
      9. Summary
      10. Q&A
    4. 4. Configuring Server Roles and Services
      1. Defining Your Network Infrastructure
      2. Determining Server Roles
        1. Domain Controllers
        2. File Servers
        3. Print Servers
        4. Web Servers
        5. Application Servers
        6. Messaging Servers
      3. Understanding Windows Server 2008 Roles and Features
      4. Using the Initial Configuration Tasks Window to Add a Server Role
        1. Managing Server Roles with the Server Manager
      5. Removing a Server Role
      6. Adding a Feature to Your Server Configuration
      7. Removing a Feature from Your Server Configuration
      8. Summary
      9. Q&A
    5. 5. Implementing Windows Deployment Services
      1. Using Windows Deployment Services
        1. Installing the Windows Deployment Services
      2. Configuring WDS
      3. Adding Images to the WDS Server
      4. Configuring WDS for Remote Installations
      5. Remotely Installing a Client Operating System
      6. Summary
      7. Q&A
    6. 6. Managing Hard Drives and Volumes
      1. Managing Disk Drives Using Windows Server 2008
        1. Windows Server 2008 Virtual Disk Service
        2. Basic Drive Versus Dynamic Drives
        3. GPT Drives Versus MBR Drives
      2. Using the Disk Management Snap-In
      3. Creating a Simple Volume on a Basic Disk
      4. Converting a Basic Drive to a Dynamic Drive
      5. Creating a Spanned Volume on a Dynamic Disk
      6. Extending a Volume
      7. Understanding RAID
      8. Implementing RAID 1
        1. Breaking a Mirror Set
      9. Implementing RAID 5
      10. Viewing Drive Properties
      11. Planning Your Server Backups
      12. The Windows Server 2008 Backup Utility
      13. Backing Up Files with Windows Server Backup
      14. Restoring Files
      15. Creating a Scheduled Backup
      16. Summary
      17. Q&A
  8. II. Network Users, Resources, and Special Server Roles
    1. 7. Working with TCP/IP Network Protocols
      1. Understanding Network Protocols and the OSI Model
      2. Understanding TCP/IP
        1. IPv4 Addressing
          1. Three address classes are used for IP addressing
        2. Understanding IPv4 Subnetting
          1. Converting Decimal to Binary
          2. Borrowing Bits
          3. Computing the Host Addresses in a Subnet
          4. Computing Host Ranges
      3. IPv6 Addressing
      4. Configuring IP Settings
      5. Checking IP Configurations and Server Connectivity
        1. Using ipconfig
        2. Using netstat
        3. Using ping
      6. Summary
      7. Q&A
    2. 8. Understanding and Configuring Active Directory Domain Services
      1. Understanding Active Directory Domain Services
      2. Planning the Active Directory Hierarchy
      3. Installing Active Directory Domain Services and Creating the Root Domain
      4. Adding a Regional (Child) Domain
      5. Using the Active Directory Management Tools
      6. Working with Domain User Accounts
        1. Adding Users to the Domain
        2. Setting User Account Properties
        3. Setting Logon Hours and Computers
      7. Working with Active Directory Objects
        1. Searching for Objects in the Active Directory
        2. Creating Your Own Queries
      8. Summary
      9. Q&A
    3. 9. Creating Active Directory Groups, Organizational Units, and Sites
      1. Understanding Active Directory Groups
        1. Windows Server 2008 Group Scopes
        2. Nesting Groups and Group Membership
      2. Using Default Groups
        1. Built-in Groups
      3. Creating Groups
      4. Adding Users and Groups to a Group
      5. Raising Domain Functional Levels
      6. Using Organizational Units
      7. Using Active Directory Sites
        1. Creating a Site
        2. Configuring a Site
      8. Active Directory Replication and Sites
      9. Understanding Delegation
      10. Summary
      11. Q&A
    4. 10. Adding Client Computers and Member Servers to the Domain
      1. Adding Client Computers to the Domain
      2. Using Active Directory to Add Computers to the Domain
        1. Managing a Computer Account
        2. Viewing Computer Account Properties
      3. Adding and Configuring Vista Clients
      4. Adding and Configuring XP Clients
      5. Adding Windows 2000 Client Computers
      6. Viewing Client Computer Network Settings
      7. Adding Member Servers to the Domain
      8. Creating a Workgroup
      9. Summary
      10. Q&A
    5. 11. Deploying Group Policy and Network Access Protection
      1. Understanding Group Policy
      2. The Group Policy Feature
      3. Working in the Group Policy Management Snap-In
      4. Creating Group Policies
      5. Editing Group Policies
      6. Enabling the Auditing Policy
      7. Understanding Policy Inheritance
        1. Blocking Inheritance
        2. Enforcing a Group Policy Object
      8. Viewing GPO Details in the GPO Management Snap-In
      9. Understanding Network Access Protection
      10. Adding the Network Policy Server Service
      11. Configuring the Windows Security Health Validator
      12. Adding Remediation Servers
      13. Enable the Network Access Protection Service on Clients
      14. Summary
      15. Q&A
    6. 12. Working with Network Shares and the Distributed File System
      1. Configuring a File Server
      2. File Server Disk Quotas
      3. Using the Share and Storage Management Snap-In
      4. Creating News Shares with the Share and Storage Management Snap-In
      5. Managing the File Server
      6. Publishing a Share to the Active Directory
      7. Using the Volume Shadow Copy Service
      8. Understanding the Distributed File System
      9. Installing and Configuring the Distributed File System
      10. Adding DFS Folders
      11. DFS Folder Replication
      12. Summary
      13. Q&A
    7. 13. Understanding Share and NTFS Permissions
      1. Understanding Share Permissions
      2. Assigning Share Permissions
      3. Understanding NTFS Permissions
      4. Assigning NTFS Permissions
        1. Assigning and Viewing NTFS Folder Permissions
        2. Negating NTFS Permission Inheritance
        3. Viewing Effective Permissions
      5. Taking Ownership of an NTFS File
      6. Mixing Share and NTFS Permissions
      7. Using Data Encryption
      8. Using BitLocker Encryption
        1. Creating Volumes Before Installing Windows Server 2008
        2. Adding the BitLocker Feature
        3. Enabling the BitLocker Feature
      9. Summary
      10. Q&A
    8. 14. Working with Network Printing
      1. Networking Printing and Windows Server 2008
      2. Installing a Local Printer
      3. Installing Direct-Connect Network Printers
      4. Sharing a Printer
      5. Adding the Print Services Role to a Server
      6. Managing Printers and Print Servers
        1. Adding a Print Server
        2. Adding a Network Printer to a Print Server
      7. Managing Print Jobs
      8. Using Printer Filters
      9. Working with Printer Permissions
      10. Auditing Printer Access
      11. Summary
      12. Q&A
    9. 15. Understanding the Domain Name Service
      1. DNS Server Overview
        1. The DNS Namespace
        2. How DNS Works
        3. Active Directory Domain Services and DNS
      2. Installing the Domain Name Service
      3. Configuring the DNS Server
        1. Creating a Forward Lookup Zone
        2. Creating a Reverse Lookup Zone
      4. Managing DNS
      5. Creating Resource Records
      6. Configuring DNS Clients
      7. Configuring a Caching-Only Server
      8. Monitoring and Troubleshooting the DNS Server Service
        1. Viewing DNS Events
        2. Using Nslookup
      9. Summary
      10. Q&A
    10. 16. Using the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
      1. Understanding DHCP
      2. Installing the DHCP Role
      3. Configuring the DHCP Service with a Scope
      4. Using the DHCP Snap-In
        1. Creating Reservations and Exclusion Ranges
        2. Understanding DHCP Lease Issues
        3. Creating a New Scope
        4. Creating Superscopes
      5. Editing DHCP Server Options
      6. Configuring DHCP Clients
      7. Monitoring DHCP Leases
      8. Loading the DCHP Database Backup
      9. Troubleshooting DHCP
      10. Summary
      11. Q&A
  9. III. Advanced Networking
    1. 17. Remote Access and Virtual Private Networking
      1. Understanding Microsoft Remote Access
      2. Adding the Network Policy and Access Services Role
      3. Enabling and Configuring RRAS
      4. Configuring Modem Ports
      5. Understanding Authentication Protocols
        1. Understanding the Extensible Authentication Protocol
        2. Understanding the Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol
        3. Understanding the Shiva Password Authentication Protocol
        4. Understanding the Password Authentication Protocol
        5. Understanding Unauthenticated Access
      6. Configuring Authentication
      7. Configuring Remote Access Clients
      8. Understanding Virtual Private Networks
        1. The VPN Tunneling Protocols
        2. Creating a VPN Server
      9. Understanding Virtual Private Network Ports
      10. Configuring the VPN Client
      11. Managing VPN or Dial-In Connections
      12. Understanding RADIUS and the Network Policy Server
        1. Installing the Network Policy Server
        2. Configuring the NPS Server
      13. Summary
      14. Q&A
    2. 18. Implementing Network Routing
      1. Windows Server 2008 and Routing
      2. Understanding Routed Networks
      3. Adding the Network Policy and Access Services Role
      4. Enabling Routing and Remote Access
      5. Configuring Network Interfaces
      6. Configuring IP Routing
        1. Configuring Static Routing
        2. Configuring Dynamic Routing
      7. Configuring RIP Interfaces
      8. Monitoring IP Routing
      9. Understanding and Configuring the DHCP Relay Agent
      10. Summary
      11. Q&A
    3. 19. Implementing Terminal Services
      1. Understanding Terminal Services
      2. Adding the Terminal Services Role
      3. Working with Terminal Services Licensing
      4. Configuring the Terminal Server and TS Connections
        1. TS Server Settings
        2. Configuring Connections
      5. Using the Terminal Services Manager
      6. Connecting to the Terminal Server
      7. Summary
      8. Q&A
    4. 20. Understanding WINS
      1. Understanding WINS and NetBIOS
        1. NetBIOS Broadcasts
        2. Working with LMHOSTS Files
        3. Understanding NetBIOS Node Types
        4. Deploying a WINS Server
      2. Installing and Configuring WINS
      3. WINS Configuration Issues
      4. Adding Replication Partners
      5. Managing the WINS Database
        1. Creating Static Mappings
        2. Deleting or Tombstoning Mappings
        3. Backing Up and Restoring the WINS Database
      6. Configuring WINS Clients
      7. Avoiding WINS Problems
      8. Using NBTSTAT
      9. Summary
      10. Q&A
  10. IV. Network Security, Web Services, and Performance Monitoring
    1. 21. Working with the Windows Firewall and IPSec
      1. Understanding the Windows Firewall
      2. Configuring the Windows Firewall
      3. Configuring the Windows Firewall Properties
      4. Understanding Windows Firewall Rules
      5. Creating Windows Firewall Rules
      6. Working with Connection Security Rules
      7. Understanding IPSec
      8. Summary
      9. Q&A
    2. 22. Using Network Address Translation and Certificate Services
      1. Using Network Address Translation
      2. Configuring NAT on the Server
      3. Understanding the Active Directory Certificate Services
      4. Adding the Active Directory Certificate Services
      5. Configuring the Certificate Authority
      6. Requesting Certificates
      7. Managing the CA
      8. Summary
      9. Q&A
    3. 23. Using the Internet Information Service
      1. New IIS 7.0 Features
      2. Installing Internet Information Service 7.0
      3. Adding a Website
      4. Configuring IIS Defaults
      5. Configuring Site Features
        1. Authentication
        2. Logging
      6. Configuring Virtual Directories
      7. Creating FTP Sites
      8. Summary
      9. Q&A
    4. 24. Monitoring Server Performance and Network Connections
      1. Using the Reliability and Performance Monitor
      2. Exploring the Performance Monitor
      3. Adding Objects to the Monitor
      4. Viewing Performance Data
        1. Using the Histogram View
        2. Using the Report View
      5. Selecting and Understanding Counters
        1. Useful Processor Counters
        2. Useful Disk Counters
        3. Useful Memory Counters
      6. Creating Data Collector Sets
        1. Creating a Data Collector Set from Scratch
        2. Viewing Data Collector Set Reports
      7. Using the Reliability Monitor
      8. Working with the Event Viewer
      9. Clearing and Saving Log Events
      10. Using the Network and Sharing Center
      11. Summary
      12. Q&A

Product information

  • Title: Sams Teach Yourself Windows
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  • Release date: May 2008
  • Publisher(s): Sams
  • ISBN: None