Active Directory

Active Directory

by Robbie Allen, Alistair G. Lowe-Norris
     
 
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

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 deploymentandautomation 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.

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596004668
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/06/2003
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
688
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.23(d)

Meet the Author

Joe Richards is a consultant / admin / tool writer who happens to have a secret identity as a Microsoft MVP for Windows Server Directory Services. .His specialty is Directory Services but has "minors" in Security and Active Directory programming. By day he works for a large services/consulting/manufacturing company. He takes time to chat with people on listservs and newsgroups, write about stuff he knows, and whips up various fairly useful tools.

Robbie Allen is a technical leader at Cisco Systems, where he has been involved in the deployment of Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, and several network management solutions. Robbie was named a Windows Server MVP in 2004 and 2005 for his contributions to the Windows community and the publication of several popular O'Reilly books. Robbie is currently studying at MIT in its system design and management program. For more information, see Robbie's web site at www.rallenhome.com.

Alistair G. Lowe-Norris is an Architectural Enterprise Strategy Consultant for Microsoft UK. He worked for Leicester University as the project manager and technical lead of the Rapid Deployment Program for Windows 2000, responsible for rolling out one of the world's largest deployments of Windows 2000 preceding release of the final product. Since 1998 he has been the technical editor and a monthly columnist for the Windows Scripting Solutions magazine and a technical editor and author for Windows & .NET Magazine (previously Windows NT Magazine and Windows 2000 Magazine).

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