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Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed

2nd Edition

Rand Morimoto, Kenton Gardinier, Michael Noel, Omar Droubi

Jun 2004, Hardback with CD-ROM, 1368 pages
ISBN13: 9780672326677
ISBN10: 0672326671
This product has been replaced by Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed (R2 Edition)

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What was once good just got better. Through the release of several feature packs, Microsoft has added 15 new features to their Windows Server 2003. As an IT professional, you are probably aware of what these features are and have installed them, but you may not be aware of what their full capability is and how to troubleshoot the system with them in place. Sams has published a second edition of the best selling Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed as an updated reference guide in response to these new features. Learn about the new Group Policy Management Console, Timewarp Client, Security Configuration Wizard and more as you plan, implement and administer your Windows 2003 environment.



1. Windows Server 2003 Technology Primer.
2. Best Practices at Planning, Prototyping, Migrating, and Deploying Windows Server 2003.
3. Installing Windows Server 2003.


4. Active Directory Primer.
5. Designing a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory.
6. Designing a Windows Server 2003 Active Designing Organizational Unit and Group Structure.
7. Active Directory Infrastructure.
8. Integrating AD with Novell, Unix, and NT4 Directories.


9. Domain Name System.
10. DHCP/WINS/Domain Controllers.
11. Internet Information Services.


12. Server-Level Security.
13. Transport-Level Security.
14. Windows Server 2003 Passports.
15. Security Policies and Security Tools.


16. Migrating from NT4 to Windows Server 2003.
17. Migrating from Windows Server 2000 to Windows Server 2003.
18. Compatibility Testing.


19. Windows Server 2003 User, Group, and Site Administration.
20. Windows Server 2003 Registry.
21. Windows Server 2003 Group Policies.
22. Windows Server 2003 Management and Maintenance Practices.
23. Automating Tasks Using Windows Server 2003 Scripting.
24. Documenting a Windows Server 2003 Environment.
25. Integrating a MOM with Windows Server 2003.


26. Server-to-Client Remote and Mobile Access.
27. Terminal Services.


28. Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools for Desktops.
29. Group Policy Management for Network Clients.


30. Filesystem Fault Tolerance (DFS).
31. System-level Fault Tolerance (Clustering/Network Load Balancing).
32. Backing Up the Windows Server 2003 Environment.
33. Recovering from a Disaster.


34. Logging and Debugging.
35. Capacity Analysis and Performance Optimization.


36. Windows Share Point Services.
37. Windows Media Services.

  • Full lifecycle coverage—Covers planning, prototyping, migration, deployment, installation, management, and more.
    • Enables students to participate in any phase of Windows Server 2003 deployment or management, while understanding how all phases fit together.

  • In-depth, step-by-step coverage of Windows Server 2003 security —Contains four full chapters on Windows security, securing network transport, implementing and managing security policies, and much more.
    • Helps students secure Windows Server 2003 against attacks, intrusion, and malware.

  • Start-to-finish coverage of Active Directory—Includes a full section on Active Directory, including a “book within a book” on Active Directory, including a complete primer, two chapters on designing Active Directory implementations, and detailed coverage of infrastructure and integration.
    • Helps students implement and manage Active Directory services reliably and cost-effectively.

  • Dozens of best practices from working Windows Server consultants and administrators—Draws on the authors immense experience deploying and managing Windows Server 2003 in widely diverse environments, including large enterprises.
    • Helps students draw on the practical experience of world-class experts to achieve their goals more efficiently, while avoiding costly or dangerous mistakes.

  • Practical troubleshooting—Presents many troubleshooting topics and techniques.
    • Shows students how to avoid and resolve the most common problems they will face in deploying or managing Windows Server 2003.

Rand Morimoto has been in the computer industry for more than 25 years and has authored, coauthored, or been a contributing writer on dozens of books on Windows 2003, Exchange 2003, security, BizTalk Server and remote and mobile computing. Rand is the President of Convergent Computing, an IT consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area that was one of the key early adopter program partners with Microsoft in implementing beta versions of Windows Server 2003 in production environments more than three years before the product's release. Besides speaking at more than 50 conferences and conventions around the world in the past year about tips, tricks, and best practices on planning, migrating, and implementing Windows Server 2003, Rand is also a Special Advisor to the White House on Cyber-Security and Cyber-Terrorism.

Michael Noel has been in the computer industry for more than 10 years and has been working with the latest in Windows, Exchange and SharePoint technologies since the early versions of the software. Michael is the coauthor of Exchange Server 2003 Unleashed and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Unleashed from Sams Publishing, and has also been a contributing writer on books about Windows 2000, Exchange 2000 and Microsoft Operations Manager. Currently a Senior Consultant at Convergent Computing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Michael leverages his expertise in enterprise deployment and migration projects in his publications.

Kenton Gardinier has designed and implemented technical and business-driven solutions for organizations of all sizes around the world for more than 10 years. He is currently a Senior Consultant with Convergent Computing. He has also led early adopter engagements and implemented products such as Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003 and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 prior to the products' release for numerous organizations. Kenton is an internationally recognized author and public speaker. His speaking engagements include various industry-renowned conferences and Webcasts. He has authored, coauthored, and contributed to several books on Windows, Exchange, security, performance tuning, network administration and systems management. Kenton has also written several magazine columns specializing in various technologies. He holds many certifications, including MCSE, CISSP and MCSA.

Omar Droubi is an experienced Northern California Computer and Network consultant. Omar has worked in this industry since 1994 and has focused his skills around the ever-evolving Microsoft server and desktop arena. Omar's specialties center around enterprise deployments, migrations, and server consolidation to the Windows Server 2003/Exchange Server 2003 server and messaging platform. Omar is also an expert at integrating Windows systems into heterogeneous environments. Omar is an MSCE and CCNA and has been a contributing writer on a Microsoft Exchange 2000 book and on occasion has written material for Microsoft, focusing on Windows 2000 server integration and optimization.