• Chapter 1. Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2003
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  • Chapter 1. Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2003
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Best Practices
  • Moving Forward
  • Version Comparisons
  • Hardware Recommendations
  • Installation Checklist
  • Functional Overview of Windows Server 2003 Setup
  • Installing Windows Server 2003
  • Post Setup Configurations
  • Functional Description of the Windows Server 2003 Boot Process
  • Correcting Common Setup Problems
  • Chapter 2. Performing Upgrades and Automated Installations
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • NT4 Upgrade Functional Overview
  • Upgrading an NT4 or Windows 2000 Server
  • Automating Windows Server 2003 Deployments
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 3. Adding Hardware
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Functional Description of Windows Server 2003 Architecture
  • Overview of Windows Server 2003 Plug and Play
  • Installing and Configuring Devices
  • Troubleshooting New Devices
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 4. Managing NetBIOS Name Resolution
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Moving Forward
  • Overview of Windows Server 2003 Networking
  • Name Resolution and Network Services
  • Network Diagnostic Utilities
  • Resolving NetBIOS Names Using Broadcasts
  • Resolving NetBIOS Names Using Lmhosts
  • Resolving NetBIOS Names Using WINS
  • Managing WINS
  • Disabling NetBIOS-over-TCP/IP Name Resolution
  • Chapter 5. Managing DNS
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Configuring a Caching-Only Server
  • Configuring a DNS Server to Use a Forwarder
  • Managing Dynamic DNS
  • Configuring Advanced DNS Server Parameters
  • Examining Zones with Nslookup
  • Command-Line Management of DNS
  • Configuring DHCP to Support DNS
  • Moving Forward
  • Overview of DNS Domain Structure
  • Functional Description of DNS Query Handling
  • Designing DNS Domains
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Configuring DNS Clients
  • Installing and Configuring DNS Servers
  • Configuring Secondary DNS Servers
  • Integrating DNS Zones into Active Directory
  • Chapter 6. Understanding Active Directory Services
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Active Directory Support Files
  • Active Directory Utilities
  • Bulk Imports and Exports
  • Moving Forward
  • Limitations of Classic NT Security
  • Directory Service Components
  • Brief History of Directory Services
  • X.500 Overview
  • LDAP Information Model
  • LDAP Namespace Structure
  • Active Directory Namespace Structure
  • Active Directory Schema
  • Chapter 7. Managing Active Directory Replication
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Replication Overview
  • Detailed Replication Transaction Descriptions
  • Designing Site Architectures
  • Configuring Inter-site Replication
  • Controlling Replication Parameters
  • Special Replication Operations
  • Troubleshooting Replication Problems
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 8. Designing Windows Server 2003 Domains
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Design Objectives
  • DNS and Active Directory Namespaces
  • Domain Design Strategies
  • Strategies for OU Design
  • Flexible Single Master Operations
  • Domain Controller Placement
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 9. Deploying Windows Server 2003 Domains
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Preparing for an NT Domain Upgrade
  • In-Place Upgrade of an NT4 Domain
  • In-Place Upgrade of a Windows 2000 Forest
  • Migrating from NT and Windows 2000 Domains to Windows Server 2003
  • Additional Domain Operations
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 10. Active Directory Maintenance
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Loss of a DNS Server
  • Loss of a Domain Controller
  • Loss of Key Replication Components
  • Backing Up the Directory
  • Performing Directory Maintenance
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 11. Understanding Network Access Security and Kerberos
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2003 Security Architecture
  • Security Components
  • Password Security
  • Authentication
  • Analysis of Kerberos Transactions
  • MITv5 Kerberos Interoperability
  • Security Auditing
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 12. Managing Group Policies
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Group Policy Operational Overview
  • Managing Individual Group Policy Types
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 13. Managing Active Directory Security
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Overview of Active Directory Security
  • Using Groups to Manage Active Directory Objects
  • Service Accounts
  • Using the Secondary Logon Service and RunAs
  • Using WMI for Active Directory Event Notification
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 14. Configuring Data Storage
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Functional Description of Windows Server 2003 Data Storage
  • Performing Disk Operations on IA32 Systems
  • Recovering Failed Fault Tolerant Disks
  • Working with GPT Disks
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 15. Managing File Systems
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Overview of Windows Server 2003 File Systems
  • NTFS Attributes
  • Link Tracking Service
  • Reparse Points
  • File System Recovery and Fault Tolerance
  • Quotas
  • File System Operations
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 16. Managing Shared Resources
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Functional Description of Windows Resource Sharing
  • Configuring File Sharing
  • Connecting to Shared Folders
  • Resource Sharing Using the Distributed File System (Dfs)
  • Printer Sharing
  • Configuring Windows Server 2003 Clients to Print
  • Managing Print Services
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 17. Managing File Encryption
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • File Encryption Functional Description
  • Certificate Management
  • Encrypted File Recovery
  • Encrypting Server-Based Files
  • EFS File Transactions and WebDAV
  • Special EFS Guidelines
  • EFS Procedures
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 18. Managing a Public Key Infrastructure
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Moving Forward
  • PKI Goals
  • Cryptographic Elements in Windows Server 2003
  • Public/Private Key Services
  • Certificates
  • Certification Authorities
  • Certificate Enrollment
  • Key Archival and Recovery
  • Command-Line PKI Tools
  • Chapter 19. Managing the User Operating Environment
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Side-by-Side Assemblies
  • User State Migration
  • Managing Folder Redirection
  • Creating and Managing Home Directories
  • Managing Offline Files
  • Managing Servers via Remote Desktop
  • Moving Forward
  • Chapter 20. Managing Remote Access and Internet Routing
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Configuring a Network Bridge
  • Configuring Virtual Private Network Connections
  • Configuring Internet Authentication Services (IAS)
  • Moving Forward
  • Functional Description of WAN Device Support
  • PPP Authentication
  • NT4 RAS Servers and Active Directory Domains
  • Deploying Smart Cards for Remote Access
  • Installing and Configuring Modems
  • Configuring a Remote Access Server
  • Configuring a Demand-Dial Router
  • Configuring an Internet Gateway Using NAT
  • Chapter 21. Recovering from System Failures
  • New Features in Windows Server 2003
  • Functional Description Ntbackup
  • Backup and Restore Operations
  • Recovering from Blue Screen Stops
  • Using Emergency Management Services (EMS)
  • Using Safe Mode
  • Restoring Functionality with the Last Known Good Configuration
  • Recovery Console
  • Moving Forward
  • Who Should Read This Book
  • Who This Book Is Not For
  • Conventions
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author
  • About the Technical Reviewers
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    Troubleshooting New Devices

    When you install a new device, you take the chance that a stable machine will suddenly cease to function or become erratic. Basic diagnostic procedures always apply. If possible, undo what you just did and see if the problem goes away. If not, begin analyzing what changes were made and correlate them to the symptoms you're seeing. This section contains some common tools to help you diagnose problems caused by adding components.

    Device Driver Update and Rollback

    The easiest way to update a driver is by using the Device Manager console. Obtain the Windows Server 2003/XP or Windows 2000 driver and the associated INF setup script and proceed as directed in Procedure 3.3.

    Procedure 3.3 Device Driver Update

    1. Right-click the device icon and select Update Driver. This launches the Hardware Update Wizard.

    2. Select the Install from a List or Specific Location option.

    3. Click Next. The Please Choose Your Search window opens. Select the Don't Search option.

    4. Click Next. The Select Network Adapter window opens. (This will vary, of course, depending on the device you are updating.)

    5. Click Have Disk. A browse window opens. Navigate to the location of the driver and the associated INF setup script.

    6. Select the INF script corresponding to the device. The system displays the strings in the INF. Verify that they match the device you are updating.

    7. Click Next to install the drivers.

    8. Click Finish to close the wizard.

    At this point, the Properties window for the device should show the new version information. If the machine becomes unstable or crashes at this point, you can boot to Safe mode then roll back the device to the old driver until you figure out what happened. Follow Procedure 3.4.

    Procedure 3.4 Device Driver Rollback

    1. Open the Properties window for the device.

    2. Select the Driver tab (see Figure 3.19).

      Figure 3.19. Device Driver properties showing Roll Back Driver option.


    3. Click Roll Back Driver.

    4. The system asks if you're sure. Click OK to complete the job.

    The system obtains the old driver out of the driver library and reinstalls it. The Properties window refreshes with the old version number.

    Building a Windows Server 2003 Boot Disk

    It is very common when adding new mass storage devices or interfaces that the machine refuses to boot. This occurs generally because the additional drive or interface changed the ARC path to the Windows Server 2003 boot partition. Other reasons for failure to boot include the following:

    • The Windows Server 2003 system files at the root of the boot partition have been corrupted or deleted.

    • The boot sector has been corrupted by a virus.

    • A user ran SYS against the C drive in an attempt to make the machine dual-boot.

    • The primary drive in a mirrored set has failed (software RAID only).

    • The Ntbootdd.sys driver has been deleted or corrupted on a system with a SCSI interface that has no BIOS.

    In all these situations, the core Windows Server 2003 files in the \Windows directory are probably just fine; all you need to do is bypass the corrupted files and disk structures at the beginning of the boot drive. You can do this on IA32 machines by booting to a floppy that contains the same Windows Server 2003 system files found at the root of the boot disk. This is called a fault tolerant boot disk.

    It is not necessary, nor is it possible, to use a fault tolerant boot disk on an IA64 machine. Use the EFI shell to select a boot partition. See Chapter 1 for details.

    When building a fault tolerant boot disk, it's important to use a floppy that has been formatting on a machine running Windows Server 2003 or XP. These system files are capable of booting earlier versions of NT-based operating systems, but the opposite is not true. You cannot boot Windows Server 2003 using a fault tolerant disk built on a Windows 2000 server.

    To configure a fault tolerant boot disk in Windows Server 2003, follow Procedure 3.5.

    Procedure 3.5 Creating a Fault Tolerant Boot Floppy Disk

    1. Use the ATTRIB utility to remove the read-only and hidden attributes from the following system files at the root of the boot drive:

      Ntbootdd.sys (if present)
    2. Insert a blank floppy disk into the floppy disk drive and format it. You can use the Quick Format option if you're sure that there are no disk defects.

    3. When format is complete, copy the files listed in Step 1 to the floppy.

    4. Open Notepad and use it to edit the Boot.ini file on the floppy disk.

    5. Change the Time Setting entry to -1. This disables the countdown timer. (You do not have to do this, but I find it helpful to keep the counter from ticking down when I'm troubleshooting.)

    6. Save the changes and close Notepad.

    7. Restart the computer and boot from the fault tolerant boot floppy disk.

    8. When the BOOT menu appears, highlight the entry representing the partition containing the Windows Server 2003 system files and press Enter to finish the boot.

    The ARC path in Boot.ini tells NTLDR where to find the Windows Server 2003 boot files on the hard drive. The remainder of the boot process should proceed normally. At this point, the floppy disk is no longer needed. Remove it from the drive.

    Keep a copy of the fault tolerant boot disk handy for booting workstations and servers in the field. If the boot partition has more than 7.8GB, or a non-standard geometry, or is on a SCSI drive with an interface that has no BIOS, the ARC path will have a signature() entry. The number in the parentheses is a unique ID written to the Master Boot Record (MBR) of the boot drive. The Boot.ini for this machine will not work on another machine. Clearly label the boot floppy disk and keep it in safe place.

    Resolving SCSI Problems

    If Plug and Play Manager does not recognize the controller or the disks on the controller, or you get data corruption or a significant number of errors in the Event log relating to the SCSI devices on that interface, the most likely causes are improper termination or excessive cable length. The following can cause improper termination:

    • Mixing active and passive terminations.

    • Mixing cable types, which can cause impedance matching and timing problems.

    • Having too many terminations, such as having the SCSI controller in the middle of the bus with active termination enabled on the controller and terminators at either end of the cable.

    • Forgetting to attach the resistor pack.

    • Attaching a resistor pack when active termination is enabled.

    • Thinking that you have enabled active termination on a device but actually putting the jumper on the wrong pins.

    • Thinking that you have disabled active termination on a device but actually removing the jumper from the wrong pins.

    The cable and terminator configuration might have worked in NT4, but Windows Server 2003 puts much greater demand on the hard disk interface to boost performance. Weaklings break down quickly. Replace the interface with one on the HCL. If it is built into the motherboard, get a PCI adapter and disable the motherboard interface.

    If you already have a SCSI adapter and you add a second one of the exact make and model, you may need to disable the BIOS on the second adapter to keep it from squabbling with the first adapter. This does not affect Windows Server 2003 functionality; if you put an installation of Windows Server 2003 on a disk connected to the second adapter, however, Setup will copy the SCSI miniport driver to the root of the partition and name it Ntbootdd.sys so that NTLDR can use the driver to scan the SCSI bus.

    Primary Drive Failure

    If you have mirrored drives and the primary drive fails, you can use the fault tolerant boot floppy disk to boot from the mirrored partition. If the mirrored drive is the second disk on a SCSI chain, for example, the ARC path would be multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNT).

    Setup will also use a signature() controller ID in the ARC path in Boot.ini to identify the drive. The parameter in the parentheses of signature() is a special signature in the Master Boot Record placed there by Setup.

    You may get an Unable to Locate Operating System error after adding a second SCSI controller. You can thank PCI for that. In most cases, the SCSI adapter with the lowest IOBase address is assumed to be the boot host adapter. In PnP systems, the PCI slot closest to the CPU normally gets the lowest IOBase address. Therefore, if you installed the second adapter in a slot closer to the CPU (lower number), you changed your active drive designation. Try swapping PCI slots. Plug and Play Manager assigns component identifiers based on their PCI slot; therefore, by swapping slots, you'll force a new PnP enumeration.

    Correcting Non-PnP System Hangs

    If the system hangs while NTDETECT is running, you probably have a problem with the motherboard or memory or hard drive interface. The function of NTDETECT is to recognize hardware. If it cannot do its job, it stalls.

    You cannot resolve this error until you know what component is causing the hang. There are a couple of ways to find this out. One way is to press F8 at the BOOT menu and select the Boot Logging option. This writes a Boot log to the hard drive; if you can't get booted, however, you cannot read the log.

    The second alternative is to use a debug version of Ntdetect.COM called Ntdetect.chk. The Ntdetect.chk file is located on the Windows Server 2003 CD in the \Support\Debug\I386 directory. Use Ntdetect.chk as instructed in Procedure 3.6

    Procedure 3.6 Using Ntdetect.chk

    1. Make a fault tolerant boot floppy using Windows Server 2003.

    2. Copy Ntdetect.chk onto the duplicate disk.

    3. Rename Ntdetect.com to Ntdetect.old.

    4. Rename Ntdetect.chk to Ntdetect.com.

    5. Reboot using the disk with the renamed Ntdetect.chk.

    The debug version of NTDETECT works just like the regular version except that it displays what it detects as each component is encountered. When the system hangs, the last component on the screen is the one causing the problem. Look for IRQ or IOBase conflicts.

    Tracking Kernel Memory Use

    You should try to keep long-term statistics for kernel memory use on your servers so that you can spot abnormal trends. The most convenient tool for doing this is Performance Monitor. Open the Performance Monitor console using START | PROGRAMS | ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS | PERFORMANCE. Figure 3.20 shows an example.

    Figure 3.20. Performance Monitor console.


    The Performance Monitor console contains two snap-ins. The System Monitor snap-in is an ActiveX control designed to display performance counters in graphical format. The Performance Logs and Alerts snap-in is designed to collect performance statistics and write them to a log or send alerts to a console or Event log. Logs are the best way to collect long-term performance statistics. Configure a log to collect kernel memory statistics by following the steps shown in Procedure 3.7.

    Procedure 3.7 Configuring Performance Monitor to Collect Kernel Memory Statistics

    1. Expand the tree under Performance Logs and Alerts and highlight Counter Logs.

    2. Right-click a blank area in the right pane and select NEW LOG SETTINGS from the flyout menu. The New Log Settings window opens.

    3. Enter a name for the log, such as Long-Term kernel Memory Use.

    4. Click OK. A management window opens for the log. The window name matches the log name you assigned in Step 3.

    5. Click Add. The Select Counters window opens.

    6. Under Performance Object, select Memory from the drop-down box.

    7. Select the All Counters radio button. Long-term performance data collection involves taking snapshots at infrequent intervals, such as once an hour, so collecting all available counters will not be too much of a burden on the server.

    8. Click Add to add the counters to the log, and then click Close to return to the main log management window.

    9. Set the Sample Data Every value to 1 Hour.

    10. Select the Log Files tab. The default location of the log is a folder called \Perflog at the root of the system partition. You can change this location using the Browse button.

    11. The default filename uses the name you assigned to the log plus a six-digit number. If you stipulate a Log File Size Limit at the bottom of the window, a log fills up, then closes, and another begins filling.

    12. Click OK to save the selections and return to the Performance Monitor console.

    Collect statistics for a few days, then view the contents of the log using the System Monitor snap-in. To do this, select the log as the source for the chart by following the steps shown in Procedure 3.8.

    Procedure 3.8 Charting Performance Monitor Logs

    1. Highlight the System Monitor icon. An empty chart appears in the right pane.

    2. Right-click the chart and select PROPERTIES from the flyout menu. The Properties window opens.

    3. Select the Source tab.

    4. Select the Log File radio button.

    5. Click Browse to open the Select Log File navigation tool. The focus is set automatically to the \Perflog folder.

    6. Double-click the name of the counter log you configured to select it and return to the System Monitor Properties window.

    7. Click OK to save the selections, close the window, and return to the main Performance window. Nothing happens quite yet.

    8. Right-click the right pane again and this time select ADD COUNTERS from the flyout menu. The Add Counters window opens.

    9. Select the All Counters radio button, and then click Add followed by Close. This adds all the counters to the chart. If that makes the chart too busy, you can delete counter entries.

    The chart shows the statistics you collected in the log. Up to 100 data points can be displayed. Press Ctrl+H to turn on highlighting so that any counter you select in the lower part of the window turns into a white line in the chart.

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