Windows Server 2008 How-to

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-07-23
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing
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Real, step-by-step solutions for Windows Server 2008 administrators: fast, accurate, proven, and easy to use- A concise, task-based guide to hundreds of crucial Windows Server 2008 administration tasks: helps solve problems more quickly, reliably, and efficiently.- Tested, step-by-step procedures for everything from installation and configuration through security, Server Core to Hyper-V virtualization.- Authored by leading Windows Server expert, author, trainer, and speaker J. Peter Bruzzese When time is of the essence, Windows Server 2008 administrators can turn to this book first, to get reliable, easy-to-implement solutions they can trust -- and use immediately. Windows Server 2008 How-To brings together tested, stepby- step procedures for every facet of Windows Server 2008 planning, deployment, configuration, security, and day-to-day administration. Completely up-to-date, it fully reflects the major enhancements built into Windows Server 2008 - including Hyper-V virtualization, Server Core, major Terminal Services improvements, and hundreds of additional changes that make older Windows server administration guides completely obsolete. J. Peter Bruzzese and two other Windows Server experts walk working administrators through nearly 200 tasks, with clear and accurate steps for each one, and diagrams wherever needed. Among the many topics covered in depth: installation; Server Core configuration and management; utilizing the new Server Manager to administer and secure diverse server roles; configuring DHCP, DNS, and other server roles and features; running IIS 7.0; managing the latest version of Active Directory; utilizing group policy; monitoring performance; server troubleshooting, and much more. These three experts have written a book that will go far beyond 'tips and tricks' to serve as the daily reference resource for every Windows Server 2008 administrator operating in a production environment.

Author Biography

J. Peter Bruzzese is an independent consultant and trainer for a variety of clients, including CBT Nuggets (the Exchange 2007 Video Series) and New Horizons. Over the past decade, Peter has worked with Goldman Sachs, CommVault Systems, and Microsoft, to name a few. His focus has been, and continues to be, corporate support and training. For the past 10 years he has specialized in Active Directory and Exchange support and education, as well as certification training, and he holds the following certifications: MCSA 2000/2003, MCSE NT/2000/2003, MCITP: Messaging with Exchange 2007, and MCT from Microsoft; can from Novell; CCNA from Cisco; CIW Master and CIW Certified Instructor from CIW; and A+, Network+, and iNET+ from CompTIA.


Peter enjoys taking complex technical topics, like Server 2008, and breaking them down so they’re easy to understand and enjoyable to learn. This has led to the formation of his company ClipTraining; at the company website,, you can watch a variety of mini-training clips designed to assist others in learning. Peter believes that short training sessions in a familiar environment yield great results.


Peter is also a contributor to Redmond magazine, Windows IT Pro magazine, and several tech sites. He is a speaker for the TechMentor conferences, Microsoft TechEd conferences, the IT360 tech conferences in Canada, and the TEC conference, offering sessions that revolve mostly around Exchange. Last but certainly not least, he writes the Enterprise Windows blog for InfoWorld.


Ron Barrett is the founder of RARE-TECH, an IT training and consulting company. He has been a technology professional for more than a decade, working for several major financial firms and dot-coms. Ron is a specialist in network infrastructure, security, and IT management. He is coauthor of The Administrator’s Guide to Microsoft Office 2007 Servers and How to Cheat at Administering Office Communications Server 2007, and he has contributed to several other books on Windows administration. Along with book writing, Ron has contributed to several industry magazines, such as Redmond and Windows IT Pro, and he was featured in the book Tricks of the Windows Vista Masters. He has worked for Microsoft, writing research and analysis papers on Windows Server 2008, Windows HPC, and PerformancePoint Server 2007. In addition to writing, Ron has spoken at several technology conferences for CPAmerica and the AICPA, as well as TechMentor.


Be sure to catch Ron’s daily blog on Network World’s Microsoft subnet, at


Wayne Dipchan has been working with IT for the past 12 years and holds MCSE, MCDBA, and MCT certifications. His experience has allowed him to work in diverse business sectors. Starting out his career as an IT trainer, Wayne has had opportunity to work with New Horizons and Alpha Technologies, as well as coauthor an exam prep book on directory service design. He has also had opportunity to engineer, deploy, and support IT infrastructures for multiple small to medium-size businesses, ranging from construction to catering to manufacturing. In addition, Wayne has worked with health care systems such as Staten Island University Hospital and with financial companies such as Barclays Capital. He is the owner of AriLex Technologies LLC, a company focused on IT support and training. Wayne is currently employed with St. Peters University Hospital and involved with the design and deployment of multiple health information solutions.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Using Windows Server 2008 How-Top. 1
How to Educate Yourself About Windows Server 2008p. 2
How to Benefit from This Bookp. 2
How to Continue Expanding Your Knowledgep. 4
Perform the Installationp. 5
Determine Your Hardware Requirements for Windows Server 2008p. 6
Perform Other Pre-Installation Tasksp. 7
Check Application Compatibilityp. 7
Disconnect the UPSp. 8
Run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Toolp. 8
Identify Mass Storage Device Driversp. 8
Back Up Serversp. 9
Disable Virus Protection Softwarep. 9
Prepare Active Directoryp. 9
Decide What Edition of Windows Server 2008 to Installp. 10
Windows Web Server 2008p. 11
Windows Server 2008 Standardp. 11
Windows Server 2008 Enterprisep. 12
Windows Server 2008 Datacenterp. 12
Windows HPC Server 2008p. 13
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systemsp. 13
Install Windows Server 2008p. 14
Manual Installationp. 14
Unattended Installationp. 21
Configure and Manage Server Corep. 25
Determine Your Need for Server Corep. 26
Install Server Corep. 27
Server Core Installation Optionsp. 28
Extend the Evaluationp. 30
Configure Server Core Postinstallationp. 30
Configuration Commandsp. 31
Install Roles and Featuresp. 34
Manage Server Corep. 36
Manage Server Core with Terminal Servicesp. 36
Manage with TS RemoteAppp. 36
Manage with Windows Remote Shellp. 37
Manage Server Core with MMC Snap-insp. 37
Incorporate Server Core Changes inWindows Server 2008 R2p. 39
Make Progress in Server Core Administrationp. 40
Work with Server Managerp. 41
Use Initial Configuration Tasksp. 42
Navigate Settings with Server Managerp. 43
Perform Role and Feature Managementp. 45
Know Your Server Rolesp. 45
Know Your Server Featuresp. 49
Install Rolesp. 52
Install Featuresp. 55
Use the Command-Line Server Manager (ServerManagerCmd.exe)p. 56
Know What R2 Will Bring to Server Managerp. 58
Manage Windows Server 2008p. 59
Use the Microsoft Management Console (MMC)p. 60
Work with Preconfigured MMCsp. 64
Server Managerp. 64
Computer Managerp. 65
Utilize Device Managerp. 66
Work with the Task Schedulerp. 67
Manage Windows Server 2008 Using Remote Desktopp. 72
Configure Backups and Perform Restoresp. 76
Install and Configure Specific Server Rolesp. 81
Install and Configure the DNS Server Rolep. 82
Create and Configure DNS Lookup Zonesp. 83
Manage a DNS Serverp. 86
Manage a DNS Zonep. 87
Install and Configure the DHCP Server Rolep. 90
Configure Additional Settings in DHCPp. 93
Configure IPv4 and IPv6 Settingsp. 93
Configuring Scope Optionsp. 94
Configure IPv6 in Windows Server 2008p. 96
Make Progress with IPv6p. 98
Install and Configure the File Services Rolep. 98
Work with Share and Storage Managementp. 101
Work with the File Server Resource Managerp. 102
Work with DFS Managementp. 103
Understand the Improvement Windows Server 2008 R2 Brings to Server Rolesp. 105
Work with IIS 7.0p. 107
Install the Web Server Rolep. 108
Create, Configure, and Manage New Websitesp. 114
Secure Websitesp. 118
IP and Domain Restrictionsp. 119
Restrictive Authenticationp. 119
HTTP Request Filteringp. 119
Restrict Directory Browsingp. 120
Delegate Rights Assignmentsp. 121
Use the Command Line with IIS 7.0p. 124
Add a Website Using appcmd.exep. 126
Configure a Website Using appcmd.exep. 127
Delete a Website Using appcmd.exep. 127
Back Up Your Configurationp. 127
View Available Configuration Backupsp. 127
Restore Configuration Backupsp. 127
Improve IIS 7.0 Performancep. 128
Output Cachingp. 128
Compressionp. 129
Logging Frequencyp. 130
Windows Server Resource Manager (WSRM)p. 130
See What's New in Windows Server 2008 R2p. 131
Implement and Utilize Hyper-Vp. 133
Install the Hyper-V Rolep. 134
Install Hyper-V on a Full Installation of Windows Server 2008p. 135
Install Hyper-V on Server Corep. 137
Manage Hyper-V Remotelyp. 137
Create Virtual Hard Drives and Machinesp. 138
Virtual Hard Drivesp. 139
Create Virtual Machinesp. 141
Work with the Virtual Machine Connection Toolp. 143
Install Integration Servicesp. 145
Monitor Hyper-V Performancep. 146
Utilize System Center VMMp. 147
Prepare for New Features to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2p. 149
Install and Configure Terminal Servicesp. 151
Determine Which Terminal Services Roles to Installp. 152
Install Terminal Servicesp. 154
Install the Terminal Server Role Servicep. 154
Install the TS Licensing Role Servicep. 156
Install the TS Session Broker Role Servicep. 157
Install the TS Gateway Role Servicep. 157
Install the TS Web Access Role Servicep. 160
Configure Terminal Servicesp. 160
Configure the TS RemoteApp Managerp. 161
Configure the TS Gateway Managerp. 163
Configure a Load-Balanced Farm with TS Session Brokerp. 166
Configure Terminal Servicesp. 167
Manage Terminal Servicesp. 169
Add RemoteApp Programsp. 170
Monitor Terminal Servicesp. 173
Get More from Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 R2p. 175
Understand and Manage Active Directoryp. 179
Understand the Functionality of Active Directoryp. 180
Visualize the Physical and Logical Sides of Active Directoryp. 180
Utilize Domain Controllers Appropriatelyp. 182
Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs)p. 183
Promote Servers as Domain Controllersp. 184
Install the First DC of the Forestp. 184
Setting Up Additional DCsp. 187
Prepare an Existing Domain Schemap. 191
Create Active Directory Objectsp. 192
Design and Create an OU Structurep. 192
Create Computer Objectsp. 193
Create User Objectsp. 195
Work with Site and Domain Consolesp. 198
Active Directory Sites and Servicesp. 198
Active Directory Domains and Trustsp. 202
Utilize Other Active Directory Servicesp. 204
Improve Active Directory with Windows Server 2008 R2p. 205
Utilize Group Policyp. 207
Grasp the Structure of Group Policyp. 208
Group Policy Objectsp. 208
The Group Policy Central Storep. 208
The Application Order of Group Policyp. 209
Use Starter GPOsp. 210
Create and Apply Group Policiesp. 211
Access Group Policy Settingsp. 211
The Group Policy Management Editorp. 212
Change an Existing GPOp. 216
Create a New GPOp. 216
Apply a GPOp. 218
Create and Apply a GPOp. 218
Configure Group Policy Application Settingsp. 218
Raise or Lower the Link Orderp. 219
Disable a Policyp. 220
Disable Half a Policyp. 220
Delete a Link or a Policyp. 221
Block Inheritancep. 221
Enforce a Policyp. 221
Filter GPO Applicationp. 222
Work with Group Policy Modeling and Resultsp. 224
The Group Policy Modeling Wizardp. 224
The Group Policy Results Wizardp. 225
Prepare for Windows Server 2008 R2 Enhancements to Group Policyp. 226
Configure Securityp. 229
Understand Security Improvements in Windows Server 2008p. 230
Built-in Security Featuresp. 230
User Account Control (UAC)p. 233
Additional Security Componentsp. 234
Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Securityp. 235
Create Inbound and Outbound Rulesp. 237
Create Connection Security Rulesp. 239
Monitor Windows Firewall and Advanced Securityp. 241
Configure NAPp. 242
Install the Network Policy Serverp. 242
Configure NAP Health Policiesp. 243
Configure System Health Validator and Remediation Server Groupsp. 245
Configure Policy Propertiesp. 247
Plan for Security Changes and Additions in Windows Server 2008 R2p. 248
Changes to Securityp. 248
Monitor Performance and Troubleshootp. 251
Monitor Performance in Windows Server 2008p. 252
Use the Performance Monitor and the Reliability Monitorp. 253
Create a Data Collector Setp. 257
Configure Data Collector Setsp. 259
Use Reliability Reportsp. 260
Troubleshoot Windows Server 2008p. 262
Troubleshoot Using the Event Viewerp. 262
Manage Event Viewerp. 263
Create a New Subscriptionp. 265
Troubleshoot Using Command-Line Toolsp. 266
Use the Problem Reports and Solutionsp. 266
Monitor Performance and Troubleshoot in Windows Server 2008 R2p. 269
Indexp. 271
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