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[techbooks] REVIEW: "Windows NT Domain Architecture", Gregg Branham

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  • Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Tr
    BKWNTDMA.RVW 990411 Windows NT Domain Architecture , Gregg Branham, 1999, 1-57870-112-0, U$39.95/C$57.95 %A Gregg Branham www.altusnet.com
    Message 1 of 1 , May 21, 1999
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      BKWNTDMA.RVW 990411

      "Windows NT Domain Architecture", Gregg Branham, 1999, 1-57870-112-0,
      %A Gregg Branham www.altusnet.com info@...
      %C 201 W. 103rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290
      %D 1999
      %G 1-57870-112-0
      %I Macmillan Computer Publishing (MCP)
      %O U$39.95/C$57.95 800-858-7674 http://www.mcp.com info@...
      %P 298 p.
      %T "Windows NT Domain Architecture"

      Most NT books will show you the dialogue boxes that are used to set up
      domains. Some may even tell you, in simplistic terms, what a domain
      is, and these generally also mention trust relationships. A domain
      architecture, however, is a complicated beast, and worthy of
      substantially more discussion. Which Branham intends to provide.

      Chapter one outlines the workgroup and domain models for Microsoft
      networking, with particular emphasis on the security complications of
      workgroups. Domain controllers and some of the mechanisms for
      authentication are reviewed in chapter two. The SAM (Security
      Accounts Manager) is covered in chapter three, in some detail.
      Chapter four describes basic trust relationships, but could benefit
      from some discussion of more complicated examples. Various domain
      models are presented in chapter five, but, again, the deliberation
      could be extended, particularly where more complex security relations
      are involved. Good, solid information about domain structures and
      realities helps with domain planning in chapter six. Domain
      reconfiguration, in chapter seven, points out some of the possible
      traps to avoid. Chapter eight not only provides reliable information
      about domain security, but also takes care to expose some of the more
      prevalent security myths surrounding NT. User and groups relations
      with domains and trust relationships is dealt with quite thoroughly in
      chapter nine. Scripts, policies, and profiles are handled well enough
      in chapter ten that NT administrators might find it worth investing in
      the book even without needing to design domains. Chapter eleven's
      coverage of resource permissions is good, but perhaps should
      concentrate more on the effect of trust relationships in the complex
      mix of permissions and rights. The function and operation of the
      NETBIOS server resource browser is discussed in chapter twelve. DHCP
      (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), WINS (Windows Internet Naming
      Service), and DNS (Domain Name Service) operation is covered well in
      chapter thirteen, but usage and setup could stand some additional
      material. Appendices cover issues that can have an impact on domain
      design, such as performance of individual machines for load balancing
      to eliminate bottlenecks.

      The material is very well supported with frequent citation to the
      relevant Microsoft Knowledge Base articles. In addition, while
      Branham does not go to great pains to point out design problems with
      NT, he does not gloss over them, either. There are numerous points
      raised about the differences between NT and the coming 2000 version.

      In large measure, Branham succeeds in presenting information that is
      covered poorly, if at all, in most NT texts. There is a great deal of
      technical detail that will be useful both in tuning a network and in
      diagnosing trouble. Some work should still be enhanced in the realm
      between the broad concepts and the internals level specifics.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1999 BKWNTDMA.RVW 990411

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