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Your team has been hired by a large restaurant called Habibi's. Habibi's has now grown into a national chain with hundreds of locations. Each location has one Windows Server 2003 and many Windows XP desktop computers.
Your job is to set up the Windows Server 2003 so as to standardize operations so that software can be automatically deployed, servers can be remotely administered. Server files are backed up and provisions are made for disaster recovery. Desktop computers that use Windows XP should also be remotely supported.

1. Habibi's IT department wants to install Office 2003 and certain proprietary applications at each location as efficiently as possible. IT wants these applications to automatically repair themselves if they get corrupted. What must be done to make this happen? What additional features of group policy might be useful to Habibi's?

2. What features of Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP might IT use to provide remote support?

3. IT wants to make sure that the Windows Server 2003 computers are as protected as possible from disasters and in the event of a disaster, recovery will be as quick as possible. What advice would you offer IT concerning protecting the server, doing backups, using automated system recovery, and recovering from various startup problems?

4. Which Windows Server 2003 tools and third party utilities might IT use to monitor server performance?

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1. Habibi's IT department wants to install Office 2003 and certain proprietary applications at each location as efficiently as possible. IT wants these applications to automatically repair themselves if they get corrupted. What must be done to make this happen? What additional features of group policy might be useful to Habibi's?

In a Windows-based network, Active Directory provides a platform for centralized administration of users and computers. Active Directory makes it possible to manage all users, computers, and software on the network through administrator-defined policies - Group Policy.

A collection of Group Policy settings is contained in a Group Policy object (GPO), and the GPO is associated with an Active Directory container. The Group Policy object can be applied at any level of the Active Directory hierarchy. Habibi's IT department can set policies that apply to an entire site, a domain, or an individual organizational unit.

The deployment and management tools designed for Office 2003 ? including the Custom Installation Wizard and Office 2003 policy template files (ADM files) ? work with Group Policy software installation. By using all aspects of Group Policy, Habibi's IT department can make a unique configuration of Office available to all users or computers in a given GPO, and then rely on Windows to maintain users' software configurations automatically.

There are three ways to install and manage Office 2003 applications by policy:

* Assign Office to computers
* Assign Office to users
* Publish Office to users

Assigning Office to computers is the simplest way to use Group Policy to manage a package as large and complex as Office 2003. With this method, Office is installed on the computer the next time the computer starts and is available to all users of the computer.

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