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The animal on the cover of Securing Windows Server 2003 is a wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans). Named for its unique flying ability, the wandering albatross covers the Southern hemisphere by wing, landing only to mate and scavenge. In nonbreeding years, it has been known to circumnavigate the globe.

The largest of the seabirds, the wandering albatross can achieve a wingspan of almost 3.5 meters and can reach up to 1.35 meters in length. (Females are somewhat smaller than males.) From a distance, the bird appears entirely white, except for its pinkish beak. Viewed up close, however, it has fine black lines on its neck, breast, tail, and wingtips.

The wandering albatross can live up to 60 years. It matures at around 12 years of age. The albatross socializes and courts during its adolescent years, then mates for life. During its lifetime, it will breed every two years. Its preferred food and drink include saltwater, cuttlefish, squid, and food scraps cast off from ships.

An endangered species, the wandering albatross is threatened by surface longline fishing for tuna. The albatross may ingest baited hooks used in such fishing. Tending to follow sailing ships, the wandering albatross has been the inspiration for much marine folklore and poetry.

Claire Cloutier was the production editor for Securing Windows Server 2003 . Brian MacDonald was the developmental editor; Norma Emory was the copyeditor; and Linley Dolby was the proofreader. Linley Dolby, Philip Dangler, and Darren Kelly provided quality control. Caitrin McCullough, Marlowe Shaeffer, and Mary Agner provided production assistance. Judy Hoer wrote the index.

Emma Colby designed the cover of this book, based on a series design by Edie Freedman. The cover image is a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. Emma Colby produced the cover layout with QuarkXPress 4.1 using Adobe's ITC Garamond font.

Melanie Wang designed the interior layout, based on a series design by David Futato. This book was converted by Joe Wizda to FrameMaker 5.5.6 with a format conversion tool created by Erik Ray, Jason McIntosh, Neil Walls, and Mike Sierra that uses Perl and XML technologies. The text font is Linotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont's TheSans Mono Condensed. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano and Jessamyn Read using Macromedia FreeHand MX and Adobe Photoshop CS. The tip and warning icons were drawn by Christopher Bing. This colophon was written by Meghan Lydon.

The online edition of this book was created by the Safari production group (John Chodacki, Ken Douglass, and Ellie Cutler) using a set of Frame-to-XML conversion and cleanup tools written and maintained by Erik Ray, Benn Salter, John Chodacki, Ellie Cutler, and Jeff Liggett.