Managing Windows Server 2008 R2 Overview

In this chapter Managing Windows Server 2008 R2 , Some important points which will be discussed are given below

  • The Initial Configuration Tasks acts as a reminder and a method to access key options so that you can quickly get your Windows server up and running with minimal effort.
  • Every computer on a network must have a unique computer name assigned to it.
  • A workgroup is usually associated with a peer-to-peer network on which user accounts are decentralized and stored on each individual computer.
  • A domain is a logical unit of computers that defines a security boundary and is usually associated with Microsoft’s Active Directory.
  • The security of the domain is generally centralized and controlled by Windows servers acting as domain controllers.
  • With Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop, you can access a computer running Windows with another computer that is connected to the same network or over the Internet just as if you were sitting in front of the server.
  • Make sure that the server has the correct date and time. It is essential for logging purposes and security.
  • Device drivers are programs that control a device. You can think of them as a translator between the device and the operating system and programs that use that device.
  • Plug and Play (PnP) allows you to install or connect a device; the device is automatically recognized, automatically configured and the appropriate driver is installed.
  • An interrupt is a signal sent by a device to get the attention of the processor when the device is ready to accept or send information. Each device must be assigned a unique IRQ number.
  • A signed driver is a device driver that includes a digital signature, which is an electronic security mark that can indicate the publisher of the software and show if a driver has been altered.
  • A driver that lacks a valid digital signature, or was altered after it was signed, cannot be installed on 64-bit versions of Windows.
  • The Devices and Printers folder gives you a quick view of devices connected to your computer, which you can connect or disconnect from your computer through a port or network connection.
  • Device Manager provides you with a graphical view of the hardware (internal and external) that is installed on your computer and gives you a way to manage and configure your devices.
  • A black down arrow in Device Manager indicates a disabled device.
  • A black exclamation point (!) on a yellow field in Device Manager indicates the device is in a problem state.
  • Administrative Tools, including Computer Management console and Server Manager console, is a folder in the Control Panel that contains tools for system administrators and advanced users.
  • To install Roles and Features in Windows Server 2008, you would use the Server Manager console or the Initial Configuration Task window.
  • A service is a program, routine, or process that performs a specific system function to support other programs or to provide a network service. It runs in the system background without a user interface.
  • The registry is a central, secure database in which Windows stores all hardware configuration information, software configuration information, and system security policies.

Following are the topics discussed in this chapter Managing Windows Server 2008 R2

Performing Initial Configuration Tasks

Because configuring Windows servers can be time consuming, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 include Initial Configuration Tasks ...
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Using the Control Panel

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Configuring IP Address Settings

For a server to serve other clients, it will need connect to and communicate over the network. Therefore, you need ...
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Managing Devices and Device Drivers

Because a computer running Windows Server 2008 R2 can have a wide array of devices, it can sometimes be a ...
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Using Microsoft Management Console and Administrative Tools

The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is one of the primary administrative tools used to manage Windows and many of the ...
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