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Mastering Active Directory for Windows Server 2008

ISBN: 978-0-470-24983-3
768 pages
June 2008
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Find all the information you need to manage and maintain Active Directory in Mastering Active Directory for Windows Server® 2008, an in-depth guide updated with over 300 pages of new material. Revised to address the new components, enhancements, and capabilities brought by Windows Server 2008 to the directory services, this book covers domain name system design, Active Directory forest and domain design, maintaining organizational units, managing group policy, implementing best practices, and more. Expect high-level coverage of the new version of Microsoft's powerful user authentication and authorization tool, fully updated for Windows Server 2008.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xxv

Part 1 • Active Directory Design 1

Chapter 1 • Active Directory Fundamentals 3

Chapter 2 • Domain Name System Design 17

Chapter 3 • Active Directory Domain Services Forest and Domain Design 43

Chapter 4 • Organizing the Physical and Logical Aspects of AD DS 79

Chapter 5 • Flexible Single Master Operations Design 119

Part 2 • Active Directory Object Management 127

Chapter 6 • Managing Accounts: User, Group, and Computer 129

Chapter 7 • Maintaining Organizational Units 179

Chapter 8 • Managing Group Policy 207

Chapter 9 • Managing Active Directory Security 245

Part 3 • Active Directory Service Management 265

Chapter 10 • Managing Access with Active Directory Services 267

Chapter 11 • Managing Active Directory Rights Management Services 297

Chapter 12 • Managing Active Directory Certificate Services 329

Chapter 13 • Managing the Flexible Single Master Operations Roles 365

Chapter 14 • Maintaining the Active Directory Database 387

Part 4 • Active Directory Best Practices and Troubleshooting 409

Chapter 15 • Microsoft’s Troubleshooting Methodology for Active Directory 411

Chapter 16 • Troubleshooting Problems Related to Network Infrastructure 425

Chapter 17 • Troubleshooting Problems Related to the Active Directory Database 451

Part 5 • Streamlining Management with Scripts 483

Chapter 18 • ADSI Primer 485

Chapter 19 • Active Directory Scripts 541

Chapter 20 • Monitoring Active Directory 615

Chapter 21 • Managing Active Directory with PowerShell 653

Appendix A • The Bottom Line 683

Index 709

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Author Information

John A. Price is the Lead Architect for a Microsoft Gold consulting firm in the Midwest. He has 11 years of experience with several Microsoft products, specializing in Active Directory, Exchange Server, and the System Center line of products.

Brad Price is an MCT with 16 years of experience in the IT field, specializing in Active Directory, Exchange Server, Systems Management Server, and Operation Manager. He is the author of several books on Active Directory.

Scott Fenstermacher is an MCSE/MCDBA/MCSD, also with 16 years of experience in IT, in areas such as programming and scripting, database design and programming, and Windows and Linux network management.

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