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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

Setting up your first Nano Server

Let's get a Nano Server rolling so that we can take a real look at it. We are going to build a VHD file using tools that are available in the Windows Server 2016 installation ISO. Once built, we will use this new VHD to boot a new virtual machine that will be our Nano Server.

Preparing the VHD file

Here is the bulk of what we need to do in order to take a look at Nano Server, we need to build our VHD file. First we need to grab some files off the Windows Server 2016 installation media. Before we can grab these files, go ahead and mount the ISO to a drive letter on your computer. Simply double-clicking on the ISO file typically auto-mounts it to the next available drive letter. For example, when I double-clicked on the ISO installer, it mounted the ISO onto my drive letter D. I can now access the files in that ISO as if it were a DVD that was sitting inside the DVD drive (D:) of my machine. If you open up the ISO file, you want to copy the entire NanoServer...