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Windows Server® 2008 Bible by Jeffrey R. Shapiro

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Chapter 15. Sharing and Securing Files and Folders

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Understanding the concept of shares, permissions, and ownership

  • Developing strategies for effective folder, file, and data security

  • Configuring a file server role

  • Using the Encrypting File System

This chapter provides an understanding of access control to network file and folder resources. Chapter 14 provided an in-depth review of the Windows Server 2008 file system, especially NTFS and the DFS. In this chapter, you'll look at the file system from other viewpoints: users and applications, and, of course, administrators. You'll also learn how to configure the Encrypting File System (EFS) in this chapter.

Windows Server 2008 has enhanced the file-server role of the operating system with some cool new features, as the following list describes:

  • Remote Document Sharing. This feature enables access to files on Web servers through standard file-system calls through the new Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning protocol (WebDAV). This is very popular for use with document-sharing and document-control systems such as SharePoint.

  • Enhanced Distributed File System. Although this was the subject of Chapter 14, you learn about mapping to file services on the DFS in the section "Connecting to Shares," later in this chapter.

  • GUID Partition Table. The 64-bit support on Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition and Datacenter Edition includes the disk-partitioning technology that provides an alternate to the Master Boot Record (MBR) found ...

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