Windows Server 2012 R2 Administrator Cookbook

Over 80 hands-on recipes to effectively administer and manage your Windows Server 2012 R2 infrastructure in enterprise environments

Windows Server 2012 R2 Administrator Cookbook

Jordan Krause

Over 80 hands-on recipes to effectively administer and manage your Windows Server 2012 R2 infrastructure in enterprise environments
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ISBN 139781784393076
Paperback310 pages

Book Description

This book will help you to understand the essential administrative tasks in Windows Server 2012, and will also introduce you to the new features in R2. Starting with familiarizing yourself with the look and feel of Windows Server 2012 R2, you will learn how to navigate through some daily tasks in R2 using the graphical interface, and then reflect on the most common infrastructure tasks needed to create a successful Windows Active Directory environment. You will learn how to compose optimal Group Policies and facilitate task automation with PowerShell scripting.

By the end of this book, you will know how to take your Windows Server 2012 R2-powered server and turn it into any common infrastructure role that might be required in your company.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Learning the Interface
Introduction
Shutting down or restarting the server
Launching Administrative Tools
Using WinKey + X for quick admin tasks
Using the Search function to launch applications quickly
Managing remote servers from a single pane with Server Manager
Using PowerShell to accomplish any function in Windows Server
Installing a role or feature
Administering Server 2012 R2 from a Windows 8.x machine
Identifying useful keyboard shortcuts in Server 2012 R2
Setting your PowerShell Execution Policy
Building and executing your first PowerShell script
Searching for PowerShell cmdlets with Get-Help
Chapter 2: Core Infrastructure Tasks
Introduction
Configuring a combination Domain Controller, DNS server, and DHCP server
Adding a second Domain Controller
Organizing your computers with Organizational Units (OUs)
Creating an A or AAAA record in DNS
Creating and using a CNAME record in DNS
Creating a DHCP scope to assign addresses to computers
Creating a DHCP reservation for a specific server or resource
Pre-staging a computer account in Active Directory
Using PowerShell to create a new Active Directory user
Using PowerShell to view system uptime
Chapter 3: Security and Networking
Introduction
Requiring complex passwords in your network
Using Windows Firewall with Advanced Security to block unnecessary traffic
Changing the RDP port on your server to hide access
Multi-homing your Windows Server 2012 R2
Adding a static route into the Windows routing table
Using Telnet to test a connection and network flow
Using the Pathping command to trace network traffic
Setting up NIC Teaming
Renaming and domain joining via PowerShell
Chapter 4: Working with Certificates
Introduction
Setting up the first Certification Authority (CA) server in a network
Building a Subordinate Certification Authority server
Creating a certificate template to prepare for issuing machine certificates to your clients
Publishing a certificate template to allow enrollment
Using MMC to request a new certificate
Using the web interface to request a new certificate
Configuring Autoenrollment to issue certificates to all domain joined systems
Chapter 5: Internet Information Services
Introduction
Installing the Web Server (IIS) role with PowerShell
Launching your first website
Changing the port on which your website runs
Adding encryption (HTTPS) to your website
Using a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) to acquire your SSL certificate
Moving an SSL certificate from one server to another
Rebinding your renewed certificates automatically
Using host headers to manage multiple websites on a single IP address
Chapter 6: Remote Access
Introduction
DirectAccess Planning Q&A
Configuring DirectAccess, VPN, or a combination of the two
Pre-staging Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to be used by DirectAccess
Enhancing the security of DirectAccess by requiring certificate authentication
Building your Network Location Server (NLS) on its own system
Enabling Network Load Balancing (NLB) on your DirectAccess servers
Adding VPN to your existing DirectAccess server
Replacing your expiring IP-HTTPS certificate
Reporting on DirectAccess and VPN connections
Chapter 7: Remote Desktop Services
Introduction
Building a single server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environment
Adding an additional RDSH server to your RDS environment
Installing applications on an RD Session Host server
Disabling the redirection of local resources
Shadowing another session in RDS
Installing a printer driver to use with redirection
Removing an RD Session Host server from use for maintenance
Publishing WordPad with RemoteApp
Chapter 8: Monitoring and Backup
Introduction
Using Server Manager as a quick monitoring tool
Using the new Task Manager to its full potential
Evaluating system performance with Windows Performance Monitor
Using Format-List to modify PowerShell data output
Configuring a full system backup using Windows Server Backup
Recovering data from a Windows backup file
Using IP Address Management (IPAM) to keep track of your used IP addresses
Chapter 9: Group Policy
Introduction
Creating and assigning a new Group Policy Object (GPO)
Mapping network drives with Group Policy
Redirecting the My Documents folder to a network share
Creating a VPN connection with Group Policy
Creating a printer connection with Group Policy
Using Group Policy to enforce an Internet proxy server
Viewing the settings currently enabled inside a GPO
Viewing the GPOs currently assigned to a computer
Backing up and restoring GPOs
Chapter 10: File Services and Data Control
Introduction
Enabling Distributed File System (DFS) and creating a Namespace
Configuring Distributed File System Replication (DFSR)
Creating an iSCSI target on your server
Configuring an iSCSI initiator connection
Configuring Storage Spaces
Turning on data deduplication
Setting up Windows Server 2012 R2 Work Folders

What You Will Learn

  • Build the infrastructure required for a successful Windows network
  • Navigate the new Server 2012 R2 interface efficiently
  • Implement solid networking and security practices into your Windows Server environment
  • Design your own PKI and start issuing certificates today
  • Connect your remote laptops back to the corporate network using Microsoft's own remote access technologies, including DirectAccess
  • Provide a centralized point for users to access applications and data by configuring Remote Desktop Services
  • Compose optimal Group Policies
  • Facilitate task automation with PowerShell scripting

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Learning the Interface
Introduction
Shutting down or restarting the server
Launching Administrative Tools
Using WinKey + X for quick admin tasks
Using the Search function to launch applications quickly
Managing remote servers from a single pane with Server Manager
Using PowerShell to accomplish any function in Windows Server
Installing a role or feature
Administering Server 2012 R2 from a Windows 8.x machine
Identifying useful keyboard shortcuts in Server 2012 R2
Setting your PowerShell Execution Policy
Building and executing your first PowerShell script
Searching for PowerShell cmdlets with Get-Help
Chapter 2: Core Infrastructure Tasks
Introduction
Configuring a combination Domain Controller, DNS server, and DHCP server
Adding a second Domain Controller
Organizing your computers with Organizational Units (OUs)
Creating an A or AAAA record in DNS
Creating and using a CNAME record in DNS
Creating a DHCP scope to assign addresses to computers
Creating a DHCP reservation for a specific server or resource
Pre-staging a computer account in Active Directory
Using PowerShell to create a new Active Directory user
Using PowerShell to view system uptime
Chapter 3: Security and Networking
Introduction
Requiring complex passwords in your network
Using Windows Firewall with Advanced Security to block unnecessary traffic
Changing the RDP port on your server to hide access
Multi-homing your Windows Server 2012 R2
Adding a static route into the Windows routing table
Using Telnet to test a connection and network flow
Using the Pathping command to trace network traffic
Setting up NIC Teaming
Renaming and domain joining via PowerShell
Chapter 4: Working with Certificates
Introduction
Setting up the first Certification Authority (CA) server in a network
Building a Subordinate Certification Authority server
Creating a certificate template to prepare for issuing machine certificates to your clients
Publishing a certificate template to allow enrollment
Using MMC to request a new certificate
Using the web interface to request a new certificate
Configuring Autoenrollment to issue certificates to all domain joined systems
Chapter 5: Internet Information Services
Introduction
Installing the Web Server (IIS) role with PowerShell
Launching your first website
Changing the port on which your website runs
Adding encryption (HTTPS) to your website
Using a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) to acquire your SSL certificate
Moving an SSL certificate from one server to another
Rebinding your renewed certificates automatically
Using host headers to manage multiple websites on a single IP address
Chapter 6: Remote Access
Introduction
DirectAccess Planning Q&A
Configuring DirectAccess, VPN, or a combination of the two
Pre-staging Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to be used by DirectAccess
Enhancing the security of DirectAccess by requiring certificate authentication
Building your Network Location Server (NLS) on its own system
Enabling Network Load Balancing (NLB) on your DirectAccess servers
Adding VPN to your existing DirectAccess server
Replacing your expiring IP-HTTPS certificate
Reporting on DirectAccess and VPN connections
Chapter 7: Remote Desktop Services
Introduction
Building a single server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environment
Adding an additional RDSH server to your RDS environment
Installing applications on an RD Session Host server
Disabling the redirection of local resources
Shadowing another session in RDS
Installing a printer driver to use with redirection
Removing an RD Session Host server from use for maintenance
Publishing WordPad with RemoteApp
Chapter 8: Monitoring and Backup
Introduction
Using Server Manager as a quick monitoring tool
Using the new Task Manager to its full potential
Evaluating system performance with Windows Performance Monitor
Using Format-List to modify PowerShell data output
Configuring a full system backup using Windows Server Backup
Recovering data from a Windows backup file
Using IP Address Management (IPAM) to keep track of your used IP addresses
Chapter 9: Group Policy
Introduction
Creating and assigning a new Group Policy Object (GPO)
Mapping network drives with Group Policy
Redirecting the My Documents folder to a network share
Creating a VPN connection with Group Policy
Creating a printer connection with Group Policy
Using Group Policy to enforce an Internet proxy server
Viewing the settings currently enabled inside a GPO
Viewing the GPOs currently assigned to a computer
Backing up and restoring GPOs
Chapter 10: File Services and Data Control
Introduction
Enabling Distributed File System (DFS) and creating a Namespace
Configuring Distributed File System Replication (DFSR)
Creating an iSCSI target on your server
Configuring an iSCSI initiator connection
Configuring Storage Spaces
Turning on data deduplication
Setting up Windows Server 2012 R2 Work Folders

Book Details

ISBN 139781784393076
Paperback310 pages
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