Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion (Microsoft Press, 2009)(720 pages, ISBN: 9780735620704), by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford, was published in January and is available now. The book comes with a companion disc, which includes configuration scripts for the virtualization environment and their command-line equivalents, scripts for common administrative tasks, and a fully searchable e-book.
A short stretch of the Introduction follows, as well as the book’s “Contents at a Glance.” Both describe the book’s organization. Better yet, following those is a book excerpt from Chapter 6, “Configuring SBS in Hyper-V,” to illustrate the book’s coverage; it’s an overview of Hyper-V.
From the Introduction:
What’s In This BookWindows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion is divided into seven parts. The first four roughly correspond to the developmental phases of a Windows Small Business Server network. Part 5 deals with Premium Edition features and Part 6 covers maintenance and troubleshooting. The last part is made up of appendices with helpful information.
Part I: Preparation and PlanningPlanning and preparation are the sine qua non for any kind of network. It comes down to the old saying, “If you don’t have the time to do it right, how will you find the time to do it over?” Chapters 1 through 4 are all about doing it right the first time.
Part II: Installation and SetupChapters 5 through 8 take you through the process of installing Windows Small Business Server and performing initial configurations using the Getting StartedTasks. This section includes helpful chapters on configuring Windows SBS virtualization and migrating from Windows SBS 2003.
Part III: Performing Basic TasksThe chapters in this part cover the day-to-day tasks of running a network: configuringdisks, setting up user accounts, arranging the sharing of information among users, adding and removing computers and printers, managing software updates, and backing up and restoring data.
Part IV: Performing Advanced TasksChapters 17 through 22 provide insight and information about managing e-mail,connectivity technologies, and using Group Policy. In this part, you’ll also find chapters about setting up and managing a Microsoft Office SharePoint site.
Part V: Premium Edition FeaturesChapters 23 through 25 address features found the in Windows SBS 2008 PremiumEdition. These chapters are about installing a second server, installing Microsoft SQL Server, and adding Terminal Services to your network.
Part VI: Maintenance and TroubleshootingChapter 26 covers the extensive library of monitoring tools in Windows Small Business Server. Chapter 27 is all about how to save your business, your network, and yourself in the face of the many varieties of disaster that can afflict networks.
AppendicesThe appendices include an introduction to networking, instructions for automating installation, and a list of resources for the users of Windows SBS 2008.
Here’s more on the book’s structure:
Contents at a Glance
Acknowledgments xxiiIntroduction xxiv
PART I Preparation and PlanningChapter 1 Introducing Windows Small Business Server 2008 3Chapter 2 Understanding 64-Bit Windows 13Chapter 3 Planning Your SBS Network 23Chapter 4 Planning Fault Tolerance and Avoidance 47
Part II Installation and SetupChapter 5 Installing SBS 2008 67Chapter 6 Configuring SBS in Hyper-V 81Chapter 7 Migrating from Windows Small Business Server 2003 109Chapter 8 Completing the Getting Started Tasks 163
Part III Performing Basic TasksChapter 9 Managing Users and Groups 185Chapter 10 Shares and Permissions 203Chapter 11 Disk Management 221Chapter 12 Storage Management 249Chapter 13 Installing and Managing Printers 285Chapter 14 Managing Computers on the Network 307Chapter 15 Managing Software Updates 331Chapter 16 Configuring Backup 351
Part IV Performing Advanced TasksChapter 17 Windows SBS Console v. Server Manager 383Chapter 18 Configuring and Managing E-Mail 411Chapter 19 Managing Connectivity 435Chapter 20 Using Group Policy 477Chapter 21 Managing Reports 509Chapter 22 Customizing a SharePoint Site 525
Part V Premium Edition FeaturesChapter 23 Installing the Second Server 551Chapter 24 Introducing SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition for Small Business 579Chapter 25 Adding a Terminal Server 595
Part VI Maintenance and TroubleshootingChapter 26 Windows SBS Reliability and Performance Monitoring 627Chapter 27 Disaster Planning 649
APPENDIX A Introduction to Networks 665APPENDIX B Automating Installation 671APPENDIX C Resources 673
And here’s the book excerpt:
Hyper-V OverviewWindows Server 2008 (and thus Windows Small Business Server 2008) includes built-in virtualizationwith the Hyper-V Server Role. Hyper-V is hypervisor-based, native virtualization thatuses the hardware virtualization capabilities of the latest Intel and AMD processors to providea robust, fast, and resource-conserving virtual environment.
Emulation versus HypervisorThere are two basic methods of virtualizing operating systems: emulation and hypervisor.Emulation builds an execution environment on top of the underlying operating system of thehost computer and uses software to simulate the hardware that is made available to the guestoperating systems.
A hypervisor is software that runs directly on the hardware of the physical server andprovides a narrow hardware abstraction layer between the hardware and the base operatingsystem. The hypervisor can use the native hardware support in current Intel and AMD processorsto improve the overall performance and security of the hypervisor.
Because Hyper-V is a hypervisor and is built in to Windows Server 2008, it runs more efficientlyand natively. A server running Hyper-V has multiple partitions, each running nativelyon the underlying hardware. The first partition is known as the parent partition and acts asthe hardware and operating system control partition for all the other partitions where virtualizedoperating systems run. The other partitions are child partitions, each with their ownoperating systems, running directly on the hypervisor layer, as shown in Figure 6-1.
Windows Server 2003 supported using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 as a virtualizationsolution. Virtual Server is not a hypervisor-based virtualization: It is designed to run on top ofan existing operating system—the host operating system—and provide an emulated hardwareenvironment for guest operating systems, as shown in Figure 6-2.
Hyper-V runs on x64 versions of full Windows Server 2008 and Server Core, as well as thenew Hyper-V Server. In most cases, Server Core, or the standalone Hyper-V Server, which isbased on Server Core, should be the preferred parent partition for a server that will be usedfor virtualization. This limits the resource footprint of the parent partition and also makes iteasier to protect, because the number of services and attack vectors is fewer on Server Core.
RequirementsThe requirements for enabling the Hyper-V Role on Windows Server 2008 are as follows:
In addition to the requirements for the parent partition of Windows Server 2008, eachchild partition requires approximately 75 megabytes (MB) of RAM and the hard disk spaceused by the operating system in the child partition.
Finally, it is important that your server have a minimum of two NICs installed, exclusiveof any special management NICs such as an HP iLO. One of these NICs will be reserved forremote management of the parent server and ensures that you can always connect to theparent partition to manage the child partitions.
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