Mastering Windows Server 2016

A comprehensive and practical guide to Windows Server 2016
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Mastering Windows Server 2016

Jordan Krause

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A comprehensive and practical guide to Windows Server 2016

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ISBN 139781785888908
Paperback416 pages

Book Description

Windows Server 2016 is the server operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, developed concurrently with Windows 10. With Windows Server 2016, Microsoft has gotten us thinking outside of the box for what it means to be a system administration, and comes with some interesting new capabilities. These are exciting times to be or to become a server administrator!

This book covers all aspects of administration level tasks and activities required to gain expertise in Microsoft Windows Server 2016. You will begin by getting familiar and comfortable navigating around in the interface. Next, you will learn to install and manage Windows Server 2016 and discover some tips for adapting to the new server management ideology that is all about centralized monitoring and configuration.

You will deep dive into core Microsoft infrastructure technologies that the majority of companies are going to run on Server 2016. Core technologies such as Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, Certificate Services, File Services, and more. We will talk about networking in this new operating system, giving you a networking toolset that is useful for everyday troubleshooting and maintenance. Also discussed is the idea of Software Defined Networking. You will later walk through different aspects of certificate administration in Windows Server 2016. Three important and crucial areas to cover in the Remote Access role -- DirectAccess, VPN, and the Web Application Proxy -- are also covered.

You will then move into security functions and benefits that are available in Windows Server 2016. Also covered is the brand new and all-important Nano Server!

We will incorporate PowerShell as a central platform for performing many of the functions that are discussed in this book, including a chapter dedicated to the new PowerShell 5.0. Additionally, you will learn about the new built-in integration for Docker with this latest release of Windows Server 2016. The book ends with a discussion and information on virtualizing your datacenter with Hyper-V.

By the end of this book, you will have all the ammunition required to start planning for and implementing Windows Server 2016.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Windows Server 2016
What is the purpose of Windows Server?
It's getting "cloudy" out there
An overview of new features
Navigating the interface
Using the new Settings screen
Task Manager
Task View
Summary
Chapter 2: Installing and Managing Windows Server 2016
Installing Windows Server 2016
Installing roles and features
Centralized management and monitoring
Sysprep enables quick server rollouts
Summary
Chapter 3: Core Infrastructure Services
What is a domain controller?
Using AD DS to organize your network
The power of Group Policy
DNS overview
DHCP versus static addressing
Back up and restore
MMC and MSC shortcuts
Summary
Chapter 4: Certificates in Windows Server 2016
Common certificate types
Planning your PKI
Creating a new certificate template
Issuing your new certificates
Creating an autoenrollment policy
Obtaining a public authority SSL certificate
Exporting and importing certificates
Summary
Chapter 5: Networking with Windows Server 2016
Intro to IPv6
Networking toolbox
Building a routing table
Software-Defined Networking
Summary
Chapter 6: Enabling Your Mobile Workforce
DirectAccess – automatic VPN!
The truth about DirectAccess and IPv6
Prerequisites for DirectAccess
Remote Access Management Console
DirectAccess versus VPN
Web Application Proxy
Requirements for WAP
Server 2016 improvements to WAP
Summary
Chapter 7: Hardening and Security
Windows Defender
Windows Firewall – no laughing matter
Encryption technologies
Advanced Threat Analytics
Lightweight Gateway
General security best practices
Summary
Chapter 8: Tiny Servers
Why Server Core?
Interfacing with Server Core
Roles available in Server Core
Nano Server versus Server Core
Setting up your first Nano Server
Nano Server Image Builder
Administering Nano Server
Summary
Chapter 9: Redundancy in Windows Server 2016
Network Load Balancing
Configuring a load balanced website
Failover clustering
Clustering tiers
Setting up a failover cluster
Clustering improvements in Windows Server 2016
Summary
Chapter 10: Learning PowerShell 5.0
Why move to PowerShell?
Working within PowerShell
PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment
Remotely managing a server
Desired State Configuration
Summary
Chapter 11: Application Containers and Docker
Understanding application containers
The differences between hypervisors and containers
Windows Server Containers versus Hyper-V Containers
Starting a container with PowerShell
What is Docker?
Docker Trusted Registry
Summary
Chapter 12: Virtualizing Your Datacenter with Hyper-V
Designing and implementing your Hyper-V Server
Using virtual switches
Creating a new virtual switch
Implementing a new virtual server
Managing a virtual server
Shielded VMs
Hyper-V Server 2016
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Familiarize yourself with Windows Server 2016 ideology, the core of most datacenters running today
  • New functions and benefits provided only by the new Windows Server 2016
  • Get comfortable working with Nanoserver
  • Secure your network with new technologies in Server 2016
  • Harden your Windows Servers to help keep those bad guys out!
  • Using new built-in integration for Docker with this latest release of Windows Server 2016
  • Virtualize your datacenter with Hyper-V

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Windows Server 2016
What is the purpose of Windows Server?
It's getting "cloudy" out there
An overview of new features
Navigating the interface
Using the new Settings screen
Task Manager
Task View
Summary
Chapter 2: Installing and Managing Windows Server 2016
Installing Windows Server 2016
Installing roles and features
Centralized management and monitoring
Sysprep enables quick server rollouts
Summary
Chapter 3: Core Infrastructure Services
What is a domain controller?
Using AD DS to organize your network
The power of Group Policy
DNS overview
DHCP versus static addressing
Back up and restore
MMC and MSC shortcuts
Summary
Chapter 4: Certificates in Windows Server 2016
Common certificate types
Planning your PKI
Creating a new certificate template
Issuing your new certificates
Creating an autoenrollment policy
Obtaining a public authority SSL certificate
Exporting and importing certificates
Summary
Chapter 5: Networking with Windows Server 2016
Intro to IPv6
Networking toolbox
Building a routing table
Software-Defined Networking
Summary
Chapter 6: Enabling Your Mobile Workforce
DirectAccess – automatic VPN!
The truth about DirectAccess and IPv6
Prerequisites for DirectAccess
Remote Access Management Console
DirectAccess versus VPN
Web Application Proxy
Requirements for WAP
Server 2016 improvements to WAP
Summary
Chapter 7: Hardening and Security
Windows Defender
Windows Firewall – no laughing matter
Encryption technologies
Advanced Threat Analytics
Lightweight Gateway
General security best practices
Summary
Chapter 8: Tiny Servers
Why Server Core?
Interfacing with Server Core
Roles available in Server Core
Nano Server versus Server Core
Setting up your first Nano Server
Nano Server Image Builder
Administering Nano Server
Summary
Chapter 9: Redundancy in Windows Server 2016
Network Load Balancing
Configuring a load balanced website
Failover clustering
Clustering tiers
Setting up a failover cluster
Clustering improvements in Windows Server 2016
Summary
Chapter 10: Learning PowerShell 5.0
Why move to PowerShell?
Working within PowerShell
PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment
Remotely managing a server
Desired State Configuration
Summary
Chapter 11: Application Containers and Docker
Understanding application containers
The differences between hypervisors and containers
Windows Server Containers versus Hyper-V Containers
Starting a container with PowerShell
What is Docker?
Docker Trusted Registry
Summary
Chapter 12: Virtualizing Your Datacenter with Hyper-V
Designing and implementing your Hyper-V Server
Using virtual switches
Creating a new virtual switch
Implementing a new virtual server
Managing a virtual server
Shielded VMs
Hyper-V Server 2016
Summary

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Paperback416 pages
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