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When Microsoft introduced Windows 2000, the most important change was the inclusion of Active Directory. With many great benefits, it continues to be a huge headache for network and system administrators to design, implement and support. The first edition of this book, O'Reilly's best-selling Windows 2000 Active Directory, eased their pain considerably. Now titled Active Directory, 2nd Edition, this book provides system and network administrators, IT professionals, technical project managers, and programmers with...

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Overview

When Microsoft introduced Windows 2000, the most important change was the inclusion of Active Directory. With many great benefits, it continues to be a huge headache for network and system administrators to design, implement and support. The first edition of this book, O'Reilly's best-selling Windows 2000 Active Directory, eased their pain considerably. Now titled Active Directory, 2nd Edition, this book provides system and network administrators, IT professionals, technical project managers, and programmers with a clear, detailed look at Active Directory for both Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003.The upgraded Active Directory that ships with Windows Server 2003 has over 100 new and enhanced features and once again, O'Reilly has the answers to puzzling questions. While Microsoft's documentation serves as an important reference, Active Directory, 2nd Edition is a guide to help the curious (and weary) understand the big picture. In addition to the technical details for implementing Active Directory, several new and significantly enhanced chapters describe the numerous features that have been updated or added in Windows Server 2003 along with coverage of new programmatic interfaces that are available to manage it. After reading the book you will be familiar with the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), multi-master replication, Domain Name System (DNS), Group Policy, and the Active Directory Schema, among many other topics.Authors Robbie Allen and Alistair G. Lowe-Norris are experienced veterans with real-world experience. Robbie is a Senior Systems Architect in the Advanced Services Technology Group at Cisco Systems. He was instrumental in the deployment and automation of Active Directory, DNS and DHCP at Cisco, and is now working on network automation tools. Alistair is an enterprise program manager for Microsoft U.K. and previously worked for Leicester University as the project manager and technical lead of the Rapid Deployment Program for Windows 2000.Active Directory, 2nd Edition will guide you through the maze of concepts, design issues and scripting options enabling you to get the most out of your deployment.

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Active Directory, 3rd Edition is an outstanding real-world resource for anyone who wants to make AD work in the real world. Many thousands of administrators, architects, and developers already swear by this book: Now it’s been fully updated through Windows Server 2003 R2.

If you’re just starting out with AD, this book will give you a confident understanding of all the fundamentals: objects, structures, naming, schema, site topology, replication, DNS, profiles, group policy, and more. Next, it introduces current best practices for AD infrastructure design to maximize control, performance, and reliability. From namespaces and security to backups, it’s covered -- along with practical guidance on upgrading from older versions of AD.

The book really shines when it comes to time-saving scripting. You’ll learn how to automate searches, create users and groups, manage Microsoft Exchange-related tasks, control shares, administer printers, tweak DNS configurations, and much more. You’ll also discover the immense power available through WMI and the .NET System.DirectoryServices namespace.

While AD for Windows Server 2003 is more "evolutionary" than "revolutionary," over 100 features have been introduced or improved -- including significant new features in R2. This book covers every significant enhancement.

Notably, there’s a full chapter on Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM), Microsoft’s long-awaited "Active Directory Lite." ADAM provides a standalone LDAP service without complex DNS and FRS requirements, Group Policy, Kerberos, and other complexities. Using it, you can directory-enable applications you might not want to integrate with your domain-based Active Directory -- and this book covers all you need to get started.

Bottom line, if you’re running AD, this book can help you reduce your risks, improve your efficiency, optimize performance -- and get more of the business value you’re paying for. Bill Camarda, from the April 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596101732
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2006
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 832
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Robbie Allen is a Senior Systems Architect in the Advanced Services Technology Group at Cisco Systems. He was instrumental in the deployment and automation of Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP at Cisco. Robbie enjoys working on the Unix and Windows platforms, especially when Perl is installed. He is a firm believer that all system administrators should be proficient in at least one scripting language and most of his writings preach the benefits of automation. Robbie has a web site at www.rallenhome.com.

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Table of Contents

1 A brief introduction 3
2 Active directory fundamentals 15
3 Naming contexts and application partitions 37
4 Active directory schema 44
5 Site topology and replication 78
6 Active directory and DNS 101
7 Profiles and group policy primer 119
8 Designing the namespace 149
9 Creating a site topology 193
10 Designing organization-wide group policies 219
11 Active directory security : permissions and auditing 270
12 Designing and implementing schema extensions 307
13 Backup, recovery, and maintenance 323
14 Upgrading to Windows Server 2003 347
15 Upgrading to Windows Server 2003 R2 368
16 Migrating from Windows NT 376
17 Integrating Microsoft Exchange 386
18 Active directory application mode (ADAM) 408
19 Interoperability, integration, and future direction 451
20 Scripting with ADSI 469
21 IADs and the property cache 491
22 Using ADO for searching 520
23 Users and groups 545
24 Basic Exchange tasks 570
25 Shares and print queues 591
26 Permissions and auditing 616
27 Extending the schema and the active directory snap-ins 652
28 Using ADSI and ADO from ASP or VB 672
29 Scripting with WMI 713
30 Manipulating DNS 735
31 Getting started with VB.NET and System.Directory services 753
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    Best Active Directory Design Book

    If you are a beginner on Active Directory and want to learn everything about Design and Implementation of Windows Server Active Directory, this is the book. The book explains with full details, every aspect of Active Directory, since NT till 2003 R2. It shows side-by-side, what¿s changed since NT and even how to migrate from earlier versions to 2003 R2 (and what are the benefits). This third edition was reviewed and updated by Joe Richards, a MVP of Directory Services. It is a must read for Active Directory experts!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    Here they are arranged in a more logical manner and provide more candid assessments to help users upgrade or understand options.

    Joe Richards, Robbie Allen and Alistair G. Lowe-Norris' Active Directory, 3rd Edition is also for Windows administrators who may know all to well about the problems it's brought to prior versions of windows. This edition considers the Directory for Windows 2000, 2003 and its updates, considering the overall pros and cons of Active Directory, common tips and traps, and more. Yes, you can use Microsoft's documentation for many similar answers but here they are arranged in a more logical manner and provide more candid assessments to help users upgrade or understand options.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006

    THIS IS THE DEFINITIVE ONE!!

    Are you an Active Directory Administrator? If you are, this book is for you. Authors Joe Richards, Robbie Allen and Alistair Lowe-Norris, have written an outstanding 3rd edition of a book that shows you how to deploy a scalable and reliable Active Directory (AD) infrastructure. Richards, Allen and Lowe-Norris, begin by reviewing the evolution of the Microsoft NOS and some of the major features and benefits of AD. Then, they provide a high-level look at how objects are stored in AD and explain some of the internal structures and concepts that it relies on. The authors continue by reviewing the predefined Naming Contexts within AD, what it contained within each, and the purpose of Application Partitions. In addition, they give information on how the blueprints for each object and each object's attributes are stored in AD. The authors also detail how the actual replication process for data takes place between domain controllers. Then, the authors describe the importance of the Domain Name System and what it is used for within AD. Next, they give you a detailed introduction to the capabilities of both user profiles and Group Policy Objects. Next, the authors introduce the steps and techniques involved in properly preparing a design that reduces the number of domains and increases administrative control through the use of Organizational Units. Then, they show you how to design a representation of your physical infrastructure within AD to gain very fine-grained control over intrasite and intersite replication. The authors continue to explain how Group Policy Objects function in AD and how you can properly design an AD structure to make the most effective use of these functions. In addition, they describe how you can design effective security for all areas of your AD, in terms of both access to objects and their properties. In addition, they cover procedures for extending the classes and attributes in the AD schema. The authors also describe how you can back up and restore AD down to the object level or the entire directory. Then, the authors outline how you can upgrade your existing AD infrastructure to Windows Server 2003. Next, they outline the process to upgrade your existing AD to Windows Server 2003 R2. Then, they give you very basic guidelines on areas to think about when conducting a Windows NT 4.0 migration. The authors continue by covering some important AD--related issues when implementing Microsoft Exchange. In addition, they introduce AD Application Mode (ADAM), now included with Windows Server 2003 R2, along with information on some of the upgrades from the RTW version of ADAM. Finally, the authors start off by providing some background information on the .NET Framework and then dive into several examples using the System.DirectoryServices namespace with VB.NET. As you can see from the preceding, this excellent book describes AD in depth. If you want a book that lays bare the design and management of an enterprise or departmental AD, you need look no further. This is the one!

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