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Mastering Windows Server 2016

By : Jordan Krause
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Mastering Windows Server 2016

By: Jordan Krause

Overview of this book

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 (19 chapters)
Mastering Windows Server 2016
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Interfacing with Server Core

After running through your first installation of Server Core, you will be presented with the following lock screen:

Is that really a Command Prompt window that says Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to unlock? Yes, yes it is. This usually draws a few chuckles when an admin sees it for the first time. I know it did for me, anyway. It reminded me a little of when we used to code if/then games on our TI-83 calculators during high school math class. Stop me, I'm getting off on a rabbit trail again. Go ahead and press Ctrl + Alt + Del, and you will be prompted to change your administrator password for the first time, just like in the case if this were the GUI version of Windows Server. Except, of course, that you do it all from within the Command Prompt window using only your keyboard. Once you are officially logged into the server, you will find yourself sitting at a traditional C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe prompt, with a flashing cursor awaiting instructions.

Interestingly, the Command...