Administering Windows Server 2008 Server Core
Publisher: Wiley / Sybex
Final Release Date: April 2008
Pages: 700

Manage Windows in a new way

If you're a systems administrator looking to reduce maintenanceand increase efficiency, Microsoft's new GUI-less Server Core isfor you. It's Windows without windows-a command line version ofWindows Server 2008 that offers better security, reduced size, andfaster access. Inside this comprehensive guide, you'll findeverything you need to quickly master this sleek, innovativeversion of Windows Server 2008.

Packed with step-by-step instructions and page after page ofpractical examples, this book teaches you how to operate in awindowless environment, including using all the commands, creatingBAT files, working with scripts, using registry hacks, managingremote systems, and more.

  • Install and configure Server Core without a Control Panel orStart menu

  • Access DLLs using RunDLL32 to perform tasks at the commandline

  • Understand important differences between internal and externalcommands

  • Set up automatic updates, enable terminal services, andconfigure IP security

  • Change logons, ports, and users with the Change Utility

  • Install and manage software, hardware, servers, andapplications

  • Add, copy, modify, sort, compress, encrypt, and transferdata

  • Manage files and directories, including such tasks as diskchecks and changing access

  • Monitor system events and remote systems, and communicate withTelNet

  • Set up virus and intrusion protection, verify drivers, and checkEvent Trace logs

This valuable desktop reference also includes best practices, 52indispensable command line tricks, and an alphabetical list of allthe commands.

This 600+ page monster of a book is filled with amazing aspects toServer Core that I had never heard of, including using all thecommands, creating BAT files, and working with scripts, registryhacks, and much more. It gets my thumbs up.
– J. Peter Bruzzese (InfoWorld, October 2008)
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