If you're a systems administrator looking to reduce maintenance and increase efficiency, Microsoft's new GUI-less Server Core is for you. It's Windows without windows-a command line version of Windows Server 2008 that offers better security, reduced size, and faster access. Inside this comprehensive guide, you'll find everything you need to quickly master this sleek, innovative version of Windows Server 2008.
Packed with step-by-step instructions and page after page of practical examples, this book teaches you how to operate in a windowless environment, including using all the commands, creating BAT files, working with scripts, using registry hacks, managing remote systems, and more.
Install and configure Server Core without a Control Panel or Start menu
Access DLLs using RunDLL32 to perform tasks at the command line
Understand important differences between internal and external commands
Set up automatic updates, enable terminal services, and configure IP security
Change logons, ports, and users with the Change Utility
Install and manage software, hardware, servers, and applications
Add, copy, modify, sort, compress, encrypt, and transfer data
Manage files and directories, including such tasks as disk checks and changing access
Monitor system events and remote systems, and communicate with TelNet
Set up virus and intrusion protection, verify drivers, and check Event Trace logs
This valuable desktop reference also includes best practices, 52 indispensable command line tricks, and an alphabetical list of all the commands.This 600+ page monster of a book is filled with amazing aspects to Server Core that I had never heard of, including using all the commands, creating BAT files, and working with scripts, registry hacks, and much more. It gets my thumbs up. – J. Peter Bruzzese (InfoWorld, October 2008)
John Paul Mueller is a freelance author and a technical editor. He has writing in his blood, having produced 49 books and more than 200 articles to date. The topics range from networking to artificial intelligence and from database management to heads-down programming. His current books include a COM+ programmer's guide and a book designed to help with home and small office networking. His technical editing skills have helped more than 25 authors refine the content of their manuscripts, some of which are certification related. In addition to book projects, John has provided technical editing services to both Data Based Advisor and Coast Compute magazines. A recognized authority on computer industry certifications, he's also contributed certification-related articles to magazines such as Visual Basic® Developer and SQL Server® Professional.