Server Planning and Configuration
Year / Semester: 
4th Semester

Understanding Microsoft Windows Server 2003 to configure and installation.


Introducing Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 Edition
Product Editions of Windows Server 2003
Installation and Configuration of Windows Server 2003 and Active Directory
Installing and Configuring Windows Server
Installing Windows Server 2003
Manage Your Server
Installation of Active Directory
Active Directory - An Overview
Active Directory Services
Active Directory Objects
Active Directory Components
Global Catalog
Understanding Active Directory Concepts
Replication in Directory Services
Trust Relationships
Group Policies and Domain Name System (DNS)
Active Directory Administration Tasks
Planning the Active Directory Infrastructure Design
Design Tools required to develop an Active Directory Infrastructure Design
Active Directory Design Process
Installing and Configuring Active Directory
Preparing for Active Directory Installation
Determining the Domain Structure and Domain Name
Determining the Database Storage Location and Log Files
Determining the Location of Shared System Volume Folder
Determining the DNS Configuration Method
Installing and Removing Active Directory
Installing Active Directory Using the Active Directory Installation Wizard Installing Active Directory Using an Answer File
Installing Active Directory Using the Network or Backup Media
Installing Active Directory Using the Configure Your Server Wizard
Removing Active Directory Services from a Domain Controller
Verifying Active Directory Installation
Verifying Domain Configuration and DNS Configuration
Verifying DNS Integration with Active Directory
Verifying Installation of the Shared System Volume
Verifying Operation of Directory Services Restore Mode Boot Option
Trouble Shooting Active Directory Installation and Removal
Troubleshooting with Directory Service Log and Netdiag.exe: Network Connectivity Tester
Troubleshooting with Dcdiag.exe: Domain Controller Diagnostic Tool
Troubleshooting with Dcpromo Log Files and with Ntdsutil.exe: Active Directory Diagnostic Tool
Troubleshooting Active Directory Removal Administering Active Directory
Using Active Directory Administration Tools
Administration Tools of Active Directory
User Principal Name (UPN) Suffixes
Customizing Microsoft Management Consoles
Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
Creating and Modifying MMCs
Backing Up Active Directory
Active Directory Backup
Active Directory Backup Operations
Restoring Active Directory
Restoration of Active Directory
Managing Users and Computer Accounts
User Accounts Management
Understanding User Accounts
Different Types of Groups
Global Groups Universal Groups
Domain Local Groups
Creating User Objects
Managing User Objects
Creating and Managing User Profiles
Computer Domain
Computer Account Creation
Modifying Computer Account Properties
Computer Account Properties
Resetting Computer Accounts
Finding Active Directory Objects
Managing Computer Accounts
Deleting a Computer Account
Disabling a Computer Account
Enabling a Computer Account
Unlocking Computer Accounts
Managing Groups
Understanding Group Types and Scopes
Group Types
Group Scope
Group Conversion
Special Identities
Managing Group Accounts
Creating a Security Group
Managing Access to Resources
Setting up Shared Folders
Sharing a Folder
Administrative Folders
Configuring Share Permissions
Connecting to Shared Folders
Managing User sessions and Open Files
Configuring Permissions
Effective Permissions
Administering Internet Information Services
Installing Internet Information Services (US)
Configuring and Managing FTP and Web Sites
Defining Resource Access with Permissions
Implementing and Managing Printers
Installing and Configuring Printers
Printer Classification
Printer Installation in Windows Server 2003
Printer Drivers
Configuring Printer Properties
Connecting Clients to Printers
Managing and Monitoring Printers
Controlling Printer Security
Assigning Forms to Paper Trays
Print Job Defaults
Printer Schedule
Setting Up a Printer Pool
Configuring Multiple Logical Printers for a Single Printer
Windows Server 2003 Printer Integration with Active Directory
Printer Location
Managing and Implementing Group Policy
Group Policy Objects
Understanding Group Policy Objects
Setting Local Computer Policy Settings
Deploying Group Policy
Deploying Software using group policy -
GPO Management on a Domain
Creating a GPO on a Domain _
GPO Link
Inheritance of Group Policy in Active Directory
Implementing Windows Server 2003 Security
User Rights
User Rights Assigned To Built In Groups and Containers
Procedure to Assign User Rights
Managing Security Logs
Security Log Files Format
Managing Security Log Files
Managing Security Log Information
Security Templates To Secure Computers
Security Policies
Security Templates
Importing Security Templates
Testing Computer Security Policy
Installing and Managing Domains, Trees and Forests
Active Directory Integrated DNS
Active Directory Namespaces and DNS
Active Directory Integrated Zones
Service Resource (SRV) Records
Raising the Functional Levels of Forests and Domains
Forest and Domain Functionality
Raising the Functional Level of a Domain and Forest
Trust Relationships
Trusts - Definition and Types
Trusts in a Forest and Across Forests
Creating Trusts
Verifying and Revoking Trusts
Implementing an OU Structure
Understanding Organizational Units (OUs)
Delegation of Administration to Organizational Units (OUs)
OU Hierarchy Models
Types of Administrative Responsibility
Defining OUs to Administer Group Policy and Hide Objects
Creating and Managing an Organizational Unit (OU) Structure
Managing Organizational Units
Preparing to Administer a Server
Administering a Server Built in Groups Run as Command
Administering a Server Remotely
Remote Desktop Service
Remote Desktop Connections Remote Desktop Connections Terminal Services Manager
Running Remote Administration
Remote Assistance
Running Remote Assistance -Checklist
Monitoring Windows Server 2003 Performance
Monitoring Windows Server 2003 Performance
Factors affecting Server Performance
Server Memory
Monitoring Processor Usage
Monitoring Physical Disks
Monitoring Network Usage
Managing Hardware Devices and Drivers
Devices and Drivers
Device Manager
Driver Signing
Configuring Hardware Devices and Drivers
Updating Drivers
Rolling Back Drivers
Uninstalling Drivers
Resource Configuration
Control Panel and Device Configuration
Troubleshooting Hardware Devices and Drivers
Recovering from Device Disaster
Device Manager (Status Codes)
Configuring Disk Volumes
Understanding Disk Storage Options
Disks and Volumes
Fault Tolerance
Basic and Dynamic Disks
Basic Disks Vs. Dynamic Disks
Configuring Disks and Volumes
Converting Disk Storage
Maintaining Disk Storage Volumes
Disk Maintenance Utilities
Disk Quota
Implementing RAID
Implementing Disk Fault Tolerance
Striped Volumes
Mirrored Volumes
RAID-5 Volumes
Managing Data Storage
Managing File Compression
NTFS File Compression
Compact Command
Moving and Copying Compressed File and Folders
Configuring File Encryption
Encrypting Files or Folders
Cipher Command
Moving and Copying Encrypted Files and Folders
Quota Settings and Management
Quota Management
Disaster Recovery
Different Considerations for Data Recovery
Guidelines for Preparing Disaster Recovery Plan
Backup Data
Backup Data
System State Data
Backup Utility
Automated System Recovery
Schedule Backup
Schedule Backup Jobs
Schedule Backup Options
Restoring Data
Data Restoration
Recover from a Server Failure by Using ASR
Restore System State Data
Shadow Copies
Previous Versions Client Software for Shadow Copies
Shadow Copy Scheduling
Restore Shadow Copies
Recovering from Server Failure
Safe Mode
Last Known Good Configuration
Recovery Console
Windows Startup Disk
Maintaining Software by using Software Update Services
Software Update Services
Windows Update
Automatic Updates
Software Update Services
Software Update Services Process
Installing and Configuring Software Updates
Software Updates Services and Content Distribution Points
System Requirements for Software Update Services
Automatic Updates Configuration through Group Policy
Managing Software Update Services Infrastructure
Software Update Services Administration
Software Update Services Logs
Backup and Restore for Software Update Service Server

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