Windows Server 2016 Unleashed

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This is the most comprehensive and realistic guide to Windows Server 2016 planning, design, prototyping, implementation, migration, administration, and support. Extensively updated, it contains unsurpassed independent and objective coverage of Windows Server 2016's key innovations, from the cloud and containers to security and mobility.

Windows Server 2016 Unleashed reflects the authors' extraordinary experience implementing Windows Server 2016 in large-scale environments since its earliest alpha releases. Microsoft MVP Rand Morimoto and colleagues fully address all aspects of deploying and operating Windows Server 2016, including Active Directory, networking, application services, security, administration, business continuity, virtualization, optimization, and troubleshooting. You'll find up-to-the-minute coverage of new features ranging from Storage Spaces Direct to Cluster-Aware Updating, and Dynamic Access Control to Nano Server.

Valuable for Windows pros at all levels, this book will be indispensable especially for intermediate-to-advanced level professionals seeking expert, in-depth solutions. Every chapter contains tips, tricks, best practices, and lessons learned from actual deployments--practical help for solving real problems.

Detailed information on how to:

  • Take full advantage of key Windows Server 2016 innovations
  • Plan, prototype, install, migrate to, and deploy Windows Server 2016 and Server Core
  • Design a modern Windows Server Active Directory, from OUs and infrastructure to Federated Forests and Lightweight Directories
  • Deliver reliable networking services: DNS, WINS, DNSSEC, DHCP, IPv, IPAM, and IIS
  • Systematically harden server-level security
  • Protect data in transit with PKI, certificates, rights management, and IPsec encryption
  • Safely provide appropriate remote and mobile access for your users
  • Efficiently administer, automate, maintain, and document Windows Server production environments
  • Control Windows devices centrally with Group Policies and Policy Management
  • Implement advanced fault tolerance, clustering, and other business continuity features
  • Optimize, tune, and debug Windows Server, and plan for growth
  • Leverage integrated application services, including SharePoint and Hyper-V
In addition, this book is part of InformIT's Content Update Program, which provides content updates for major technology improvements! As significant updates are made to WIndows Server 2016, sections of this book will be updated or new sections will be added to match the updates to the technologies. As updates become available, they will be delivered to you via a free Web Edition of this book, which can be accessed with any Internet connection. To learn more, visit informit.com/cup.

How to access the Web Edition: Follow the instructions in the book to learn how to register your book to access the FREE Web Edition.

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About the author (2017)

Rand Morimoto, Ph.D., MCSE, CISSP, has been in the computer industry for more than 30 years and has authored, coauthored, or been a contributing writer for dozens of books on Windows, Security, Exchange, Office 365, and Microsoft Azure. Rand is the president of Convergent Computing, an IT-consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay area that has been one of the key early adopter program partners with Microsoft. Convergent Computing implements the latest Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Windows Server 2016, System Center 2016, Windows 10, Azure Stack, Office 365, and Azure (public) in production environments months before the initial product releases to the general public.

Jeffrey Shapiro, MCSE, MCT, leads MISIQ, a technical consulting company specializing in all areas of Microsoft systems, including Windows Server, SQL Server, IIS, PKI, all aspects of .NET software development, and Microsoft''s Azure cloud services. He helps CIOs and CTOs plan, architect, and manage their network and IT operations assets. He has nearly 30 years'' experience in all aspects of information technology and has authored and co-authored more than 20 books from software engineering to IT infrastructure and computer and network systems. He began architecting Windows Client-Server systems as early as 1993 and supported numerous Windows NT networks for most of the 1990s. A prolific IT writer, he was one of the first authors to cover the advent of Active Directory in 1999, and has written extensively on Windows Server technology. His books cover Windows Server NT, and Windows Server 2000 through Windows Server 2016.

Jeffrey is also a high-availability expert and has architected some of the world''s largest Windows Server networks, some of them consisting of 100s of servers and server clusters all over the world. He has consulted for some of the United States'' largest corporations, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Con Edison, Disney, Universal Studios, and several counties and cities across North America. He is an expert SQL Server DBA and .NET Programmer.

Guy Yardeni, MCITP, CISSP, MVP, is an accomplished infrastructure architect, author, and overall geek-for-hire. Guy has been working in the IT industry for more than 16 years and has extensive experience designing, implementing, and supporting enterprise technology solutions. Guy is an expert at connecting business requirements to technology solutions and driving to successful completion the technical details of the effort while maintaining overall goals and vision. Guy maintains a widely read technical blog at www.rdpfiles.com and is a Windows MVP.

Omar Droubi, MCTS, has maintained a successful career and delivered quality work as a senior Information Technology professional for more than 20 years by keeping current with the latest technological developments and trends. As a writer, he has co-authored several Sams Publishing best-selling books, including Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed through Windows Server 2012 Unleashed. Omar has also been a contributing writer and technical reviewer on several Microsoft Exchange Server books and publications. He has been deeply involved in testing, designing, and prototyping Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 for the past few years, and has assisted organizations in getting the most out of the latest features included in these products.

Michael Noel, MVP, is an internationally recognized technology expert, bestselling author, and well-known public speaker on a broad range of IT topics. He has authored more than 20 major industry books that have been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. In addition, Michael has presented at more than 200 technical and business conferences in more than 70 countries around the world. Currently a partner at Convergent Computing (cco.com) in the San Francisco Bay area, Michael''s writing and extensive public-speaking experience across all seven continents leverage his real-world expertise in helping organizations realize business value from Information Technology infrastructure.

Andrew Abbate, MCITP, enjoys the position of principal consultant and partner at Convergent Computing. With more than 20 years of experience in IT, Andrew''s area of expertise is understanding a business''s needs and translating that to process and technologies to solve real problems. Having worked with companies from the Fortune Ten to companies of 10, Andrew has a unique perspective on IT and a grasp on "big picture" consulting. Andrew has also written eight industry books on varying technologies ranging from Windows to Security to Unified Communications.

Chris Amaris, MCITP, MCTS, CISSP/ISSAP, CHS III, is the chief technology officer and cofounder of Convergent Computing. He has more than 30 years'' experience consulting for Fortune 500 companies, leading companies in the technology selection, architecture, design, and deployment of complex enterprise and hosted cloud integration projects. Chris specializes in leveraging Microsoft Azure, Windows 2016, and System Center to achieve a high degree of on-premise to cloud integration, automation, and self-service, reducing the level of effort and time-to-market for organizations while providing high levels of fault tolerance and availability. Chris is also an author, writer, and technical editor for a number of IT books, including System Center 2012 Unleashed, and conducts trainings and seminars on Azure, Windows, and System Center technologies worldwide.

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