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Part I: Server Installation and Configuration

 

Hour 1 Introducing Microsoft Windows Server 2008

 

Hour 2 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2008

 

Hour 3 Configuring Windows Server 2008 Basic Settings

 

Hour 4 Understanding and Configuring Server Roles and Services

 

Hour 5 Implementing Windows Deployment Services

 

Hour 6 Managing Hard Drives and Volumes

Hour 1. Introducing Microsoft Windows Server 2008

What You’ll Learn in This Hour:

In this hour, you are introduced to the latest version of Microsoft’s network operating system (NOS) platform: Microsoft Windows Server 2008. You’ll learn about the features that Windows Server 2008 has inherited from its predecessors and some of the new features provided by this NOS. We also look at the different editions of Windows Server 2008.

Introducing Windows Server 2008

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is the latest version of Microsoft’s server network operating system. Windows Server 2008 builds on the features found in Windows Server 2003 and also offers a number of enhancements. Windows Server 2008 was part of the development cycle that produced Microsoft’s Windows Vista desktop operating system.

During the development cycle, Longhorn, now known as Windows Server 2008, incorporated the best of what was found in the Windows Server 2003 environment and also adapted some of the new bells and whistles that are also found in the Windows Vista operating system. Windows Server 2008 also provides a number of improvements over Windows Server 2003, while still providing a scalable enterprise networking platform that can be easily expanded as a company or organization grows.

In terms of features adopted from Windows Vista, you will find that Windows Server 2008 shares a number of similarities with Windows Vista, including the Start Menu, desktop, and Windows Control Panel. Thanks to Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 also now provides a better native backup utility: the Windows Server Backup snap-in (see Figure 1.1). This backup utility runs in the Microsoft Management Console (as do many other snap-ins available in Windows Server 2008) and enables you to back up and restore server files to backup media including DVDs.

Figure 1.1. The Windows Server Backup snap-in.

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Windows Server 2008 also takes advantage of Windows BitLocker drive encryption, which is a new encryption feature that was created during the development cycle that produced Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. BitLocker encrypts all the data on the volume. It can be used to encrypt all the data on the volume that contains the Windows operating system, including paging files, applications, and data used by applications.

Although Windows Server 2008 has adopted some Windows Vista features and also provides many new features of its own, you shouldn’t find the Windows Server 2008 administrative environment totally alien if you have used other versions of the network operating system such as Windows Server 2003 (or even the earlier version of this product, Windows 2000 Server). Many of the features and tools that were made available in Windows Server 2003 are also found in Windows Server 2008, including these:

By the Way

Windows Server 2008 builds on the security that was provided by Windows 2003 Server and now provides a way to limit network access based on health policies related to Windows Update and the configuration of the Windows Firewall. For more information see Hour 11.

In addition to features gleaned from the development of Windows Vista and the solid foundation provided by Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 provides many enhancements, more enhancements than can be covered in one book. Let’s take a look at some of the improvements and new features provided by Windows Server 2008.

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