Windows Server 2008 R2 Secrets

Orin Thomas

Published by

Wiley

ISBN

9780470886588

RRP

£26.99

Reviewed by

Uma Kanagaratnam MBCS

Score

9 out of 10

Windows Server 2008 R2 has been about since the last quarter of 2009. It is a 64-bit-only operating system released by Microsoft with some enhancements and improvements. This is a useful reference book aimed at system administrators with exposure to Windows Server 2008.

The book is divided into six parts. Part I, Deployment and Administration Secrets, explores Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment and the various toolsets used to manage the operating system.

It starts off with a brief introduction to the differences of the seven editions of Windows Server 2008 R2. Deployment image servicing and management (DISM) is used for configuring installation. The usefulness of the various remote administration tools highlighted depends on the task an administrator would perform.

Part II, Network Infrastructure and Security Secrets, deals with IP addressing, firewalls and domain isolation policies. There are three firewall profiles, but only one is applied at a given time. The author explains how to create firewall profiles and export firewall settings.

Part III, Shared Folder and Data Protection Secrets, examines storage and data protection. In this section the author explores share and storage management, which provides centralised shared folder functionality, provisioning storage on disks, monitoring and managing volumes created. Branch cache is an interesting function that allows content to be cached locally.

Part IV, Infrastructure Services, looks into Windows Server 2008 R2’s capacity to host roles such as IIS, Hyper-V and clustering. IIS 7.5 is included in Windows Server 2008 R2.

Part V, Remote Access Secrets, explains how to deploy applications without local installation. Part VI, Maintenance and Monitoring Secrets, details how to set up advanced audit policies, performance and resource monitoring.

One of the key features of the book is the ‘Further links’ section that enables the reader to delve deeper into topics. The best way to navigate this book is as prescribed by the author at the beginning, which is by setting up a test environment.

The book scores 9 / 10 in terms of content and value for money.

January 2012