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With Windows Server 2003, Microsoft has the right server for a world now dominated by enterprise networks and web-based server applications. A number of significant improvements make this a more reliable server than Windows 2000, and those who switched have seen notable performance gains. Server 2003 is, in fact, a very competitive solution to Unix in terms of cost, performance, and application development productivity. But getting this server up and running, either as a stand-alone or as part of a multi-site, multi-server network, is a formidable task even for the most experienced system administrators. Our no-fluff guide gives you exactly what you need: all the nuts and bolts for installing, configuring, securing, and managing Server 2003. This focused and practical book clearly documents the complexities of this server, and offers hands-on advice for planning, implementing and growing Windows networks without trying to teach you how to be a system administrator. Learning Windows Server 2003 shows you how to create and manage user accounts (with particular attention to Active Directory), how to manage access to system resources such as printers and files, and how to configure and manage the server s plethora of major subsystems. The book goes into considerable detail about:

  • Windows file and print services

  • Active Directory

  • IIS6 web server

  • Group Policy and other security tools

  • Patch management

  • .NET Framework application server

  • Windows Terminal Services (including their use in conjunction with Microsoft Office and the Small Business Edition)

  • Various networking subsystems that ship with Server 2003

This highly instructive book also provides an introduction to clustering services, and thoroughly documents steps that should be taken to ensure the security of the server and its resources. Windows Server 2003 was designed to meet the needs of companies or organizations that rely on one or more internal computer networks, and our comprehensive reference is the ideal companion.

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