Chapter 1: Windows Server 2008 R2 Technology Primer

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  • When implementing Windows Server 2008 R2 for the first time, or migrating to Windows Server 2008 R2 from a previous version of Windows, choose to implement the technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2 that will provide the organization with the most value in terms of employee productivity enhancements or regulatory compliance security improvements first.

  • When considering adding a Windows Server 2008 R2 server to an existing Windows 2000/2003/2008 Active Directory environment, consider implementing things like Remote Desktop Services Web Access, SharePoint Services, or Windows virtualization, which have proven to be pretty easy to implement and provide a lot of value to organizations.

  • To ultimately improve Windows security, tune and optimize Windows Server 2008 R2 for a secured networking environment.

  • Use Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 to provide users with access to local hard drives, as well as to redirect the audio from a centralized Terminal Server to a remote system.

  • Use Windows Deployment Services (WDS) to create client system images that can be quickly and easily rolled back through Group Policy.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 virtualization can help organizations deploy clustering and add in disaster recovery data centers without having to add additional physical servers to the network.

  • Remote and branch office locations greatly benefit from the use of Read-Only Domain Controllers, Distributed File System Replication, BitLocker security, and distributed administration tools built in to Windows Server 2008 R2.

  • Using the new Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Manager can simplify the task of a network administrator trying to access information residing on different servers and in different server roles in the environment.

  • It is best to run the Group Policy Management Console on a Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 system to have access to all the policy features available (compared with running GPMC on a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 system).

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