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Windows Server R2 extends the capabilities of the Active Directory by creating better management tools, provides for more robust directory replication across a global enterprise, and allows for better scalability and redundancy to improve directory operations.
Windows Server R2 effectively adds in more reliability, faster performance, and better management tools to a system that can be leveraged as a true enterprise directory provisioning, resource tracking, and resource management tool. Because of the importance of Active Directory to the Windows Server R2 operating system, plus the breadth of capabilities that Active Directory can facilitate, six chapters in Part II of this book are dedicated to Active Directory.
Windows Server R2 Running Built-in Application Server Functions As much as many administrators think of Active Directory as one of the key areas to upgrade when a new release of the operating system becomes available, in reality, Active Directory tends to not be the first thing updated.
Instead, the real business drivers for migrating to Windows Server R2 typically come from the built-in application server programs that are available on Windows Server R2. Windows Server R2 comes with several programs and utilities to provide robust networking capabilities.
In addition to the basic file and print capabilities covered earlier in this chapter, Windows Server R2 can provide name resolution for the network and enable high availability through clustering and fault tolerance, connectivity for mobile users, web services functions, and dozens of other application server functions. When convincing management that an upgrade to Windows Server R2 is important, the IT professional needs to sift through the technologies built in to Windows Server R2 and pick those services that help an organization use technology to achieve its business initiatives.
When planning the implementation of Windows Server R2, a network architect needs to consider which of the server services are desired, how they will be combined on servers, and how they will be made redundant across multiple servers for business continuity failover. For a small organization, the choice to combine several server functions to a single system or to just a few systems is one of economics.
However, an organization might distribute server services to multiple servers to improve performance covered in Chapter 34 , distribute administration covered in Chapter 18 , create server redundancy covered in Chapter 29 , create a disaster recovery strategy covered in Chapter 31, "Recovering from a Disaster" , enable security covered in Chapter 13 , or to serve users in other remote site locations of the organization covered in Chapter Some of the built-in application server functions in Windows Server R2 include the following: Domain controller—Like in previous versions of the Windows operating system, the domain controller enables users to authenticate to the domain for access to network resources.
Global catalog server—The global catalog server is a domain controller that also stores a subset of AD DS objects from other domains in the forest.
When an internal or external user with appropriate security rights wants to look at a list of Active Directory users in the forest, the global catalog server provides the list. DNS server—The domain name system DNS maintains a list of network servers and systems and their associated IP addresses, so a DNS server provides information about the devices connected to the network.
Cluster server—When fault tolerance is important to an organization, clustering provides failover from one system to another. Windows Server R2 provides the ability to link systems together so that when one system fails, another system takes over. NPS performs centralized connection authentication, authorization, and accounting for many types of network access, including wireless and virtual private network VPN connections.
Remote Desktop server—Instead of having a full desktop or laptop computer for each user on the network, organizations have the option of setting up simple, low-cost thin terminals for users to gain access to network resources. Windows Server R2 Remote Desktop Services allows a single server to host network system access for dozens of users.
Remote access server—When a remote user has a desktop or laptop system and needs access to network services, Windows Server R2 provides remote access services that allow the remote systems to establish a secure remote connection. The xcopy command reads, reads, reads information and then writes, writes, writes the information.
Because more information is read into a buffer and transferred in bulk, the information is transmitted significantly faster. The performance improvement is very noticeable in wide area network WAN situations on networks with high latency. Because a typical transfer of files requires short read and write segments of data, a file could take minutes to transfer across a WAN that can transfer in seconds between SMB2-connected systems because the round-trip chatter is drastically reduced.
In the past, virtual server software sat on top of the network operating system and each guest session was dependent on many shared components of the operating system.
Hyper-V provides a very thin layer between the hardware abstract layer of the system and the operating system that provides guest sessions in a virtualized environment to communicate directly with the hardware layer of the system.
Without having the host operating system in the way, guest sessions can perform significantly faster than in the past, and guest sessions can operate independent of the host operating system in terms of better reliability from eliminating host operating system bottlenecks. Normally, when a multicore server runs, all cores on all processors run at the highest speed possible, regardless of whether the server is being utilized.
For organizations that need high capacity during the weekdays when employees are working, that means their systems are effectively idle during evenings and weekends, or more than two thirds of the time, yet consuming power and expending heat. With core parking, servers with the latest processors that recognize core parking protocols will shut down cores on a system when not in use.
So, on a core server, if only 2 cores are needed, the other 14 cores are powered off automatically. This dramatically improves power management and decreases the cost of operations of server systems.
Windows Server R2 as an Application Server As much as there have been significant improvements in Windows Server R2 under the hood that greatly enhance the performance, reliability, and scalability of Windows Server R2 in the enterprise, Windows servers have always been exceptional application servers hosting critical business applications for organizations.
Windows Server R2 continues the tradition of the operating system being an application server with common server roles being included in the operating system. Server roles in Windows Server R2.
The various server roles in Windows Server R2 typically fall into three categories, as follows: File and print services—As a file and print server, Windows Server R2 provides the basic services leveraged by users in the storage of data and the printing of information off the network.
Domain services—In enterprise environments running Windows networking, typically the organization is running Active Directory to provide centralized logon authentication. Active Directory continues to be a key component in Windows Server R2, with several extensions to the basic internal forest concept of an organization to expanded federated forests that allow Active Directories to interconnect with one another.
These applications are initially made to be compatible with Windows Server R2, and later are updated to leverage and take full advantage of the new technologies built in to the Windows Server R2 operating system.