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Introducing the Server Manager
The Bottom Line
Before you begin working in Windows Server 2008, you need to be familiar with the central administrative interface. When you boot up a Windows Server 2008 server, you will see a window similar to that shown in Figure 2-1.
Windows Server 2008 provides a new unified tool for administering all aspects of a particular server. When a Windows Server 2008 server boots for the first time, you will see the Initial Configuration Tasks window that allows you to perform initial configuration tasks, such…show more content… Figure 2-1a
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Active Directory Management Tools
The Bottom Line
The Active Directory administrative tools simplify directory service administration. You can use the standard tools or, use Microsoft Management Console (MMC) to create custom tools that focus on single management tasks or to combine several tools into one console.
When you install Active Directory Directory Services on a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you will find the following tools on the Administrative Tools menu: * Active Directory Users and Computers. Used to create, configure and manage objects in Active Directory such as users, groups, computers and organizational units. * Active Directory Domains and Trusts. Used to manage domains, domain trust relationships, domain trees and forests. * Active Directory Sites and Services. Used to create and configure and manage sites and subnets. It is also used to manage replication between domain controllers. * Group Policy Management Console GPMC). A single console that allows you to view and manage GPOs across sites, domains and organizational units.
Another tool found on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 domain controllers is the Active Directory Schema. Unlike the previously mentioned MMC snap-ins, the Active Directory Schema snap-in is not available on the Administrative Tools. Instead, you have to manually install Active Directory Schema and create a MMC for it. As the name