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Active Directory For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Steve Clines, Marcia Loughry

ISBN: 978-0-470-50527-4 February 2009 360 Pages


Whether you’re new to Active Directory (AD) or a savvy system administrator looking to brush up on your skills, Active Directory for Dummies, 2nd Edition will steer you in the right direction! Since its original release, Microsoft’s implementation of the lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) for the Windows Server line of networking software has become one of the most popular directory service products in the world. If you are involved with the design and support of Microsoft directory services and/or solutions, you really need this book!

You’ll understand the basics of AD and utilize its structures to simplify your life and secure your digital environment. You’ll discover how to exert fine-grained control over groups, assets, security, permissions, and policies on a Windows network and efficiently configure, manage, and update the network. You’ll find new and updated material on security improvements, significant user interface changes, and updates to the AD scripting engine, password policies, accidental object deletion protection, and more. You will learn how to:

  • Navigate the functions and structures of AD
  • Understand business and technical requirements and determine goals
  • Become familiar with physical components like site links, network services, and site topology
  • Manage and monitor new features, AD replication, and schema management
  • Maintain AD databases
  • Avoid common AD mistakes that can undermine network security

Complete with lists of the ten most important points about AD, and ten cool Web resources, and ten troubleshooting tips, Active Directory For Dummies, 2nd Edition is your one-stop guide to setting up, working with, and making the most of Active Directory.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started 5

Chapter 1: Understanding Active Directory 7

Chapter 2: Analyzing Requirements for Active Directory 23

Chapter 3: Designing an Active Directory Implementation Plan 41

Part II: Planning and Deploying with Active Directory Domain Services 53

Chapter 4: Playing the Name Game 55

Chapter 5: Creating a Logical Structure 71

Chapter 6: Getting Physical 83

Chapter 7: Ready to Deploy! 103

Part III: New Active Directory Features 127

Chapter 8: AD LDS: Active Directory on a Diet 129

Chapter 9: Federating Active Directory 141

Chapter 10: AD Certificate Services and Rights Management Services 157

Part IV: Managing Active Directory 173

Chapter 11: Managing Users, Groups, and Other Objects 175

Chapter 12: Managing Active Directory Replication 203

Chapter 13: Schema-ing! 219

Chapter 14: Managing Security with Active Directory Domain Services 233

Chapter 15: Maintaining Active Directory 253

Part V: The Part of Tens 271

Chapter 16: The Ten Most Important Active Directory Design Points 273

Chapter 17: Ten Cool Web Sites for Active Directory Info 279

Chapter 18: Ten Troubleshooting Tips for Active Directory 285

Part VI: Appendixes 291

Appendix A: Windows 2008 AD Command Line Tools 293

Appendix B: Glossary 305

Index 315