Critical Management Skills / Knowledge for Windows Server 2008 R2

Could you share your experience in managing a Windows Server 2008 R2?

Currently, there is a Windows Server 2008 R2 in my working environment and it is the AD, application and database server and print server. The machine is pretty new and is a branded HP machine.

I have no certification and experience in managing a server and got a brief training from the system vendor so that I could handle the routine daily tasks.

Do you have any documentation on training or certification for the above?

Besides, could you share any critical incidents that you have encountered or helped to resolve?

Thanks in advance!
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Jackie ManIT ManagerAsked:
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Hi Jackie.
This is a fairly broad-scope question. It's very difficult to condense the breadth of server operations into a forum like this.
I see that you have Windows 7 skills, which will stand you in good stead for basic server 2008 management. I would suggest that your focus be AD skills. There are lots of good sites that can provide basic instruction. (Look at and hunt the microsoft website for whitepapers.
Print server admin is easy - just play around with the print management console. It's very different from the 2003 way of managing printers.
Database administration is a whole different skillset on its own. Are you using MS SQL?

Check this out for a rundown on MS certifications, and with lots of free material:
Good luck & may the force be with you. . .

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Jackie ManIT ManagerAuthor Commented:

The maintenance of database outsourced to a service provider and I only need to troubleshoot the basic problem.

Thanks for your info. I will definitely try my best to know as much as I can.

Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:

Get the windows 2008 R2 book by Mark Minasi. This will not prepare you for certificates directly but will help a lot. It is 1491 pages but will let you figure out everything important that came with R2 including virtualization, DNS, RODC, WIM files and so on.

Mastering Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (9780470532867): Mark Minasi, Darril Gibson, Aidan Finn, Wendy Henry, Byron Hynes.

I am certified Enterprise Admin for Windows 2008 but this is the book I would recommend over all I have.
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