Active Directory

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Working with Microsoft's network directory service for the first time can be a headache for system and network administrators, IT professionals, technical project managers, and programmers alike. This authoritative guide is meant to relieve that pain. Instead of going through the graphical user interface screen by screen, O'Reilly's bestselling Active Directory tells you how to design, manage, and maintain a small, medium, or enterprise Active Directory infrastructure.

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Overview

Working with Microsoft's network directory service for the first time can be a headache for system and network administrators, IT professionals, technical project managers, and programmers alike. This authoritative guide is meant to relieve that pain. Instead of going through the graphical user interface screen by screen, O'Reilly's bestselling Active Directory tells you how to design, manage, and maintain a small, medium, or enterprise Active Directory infrastructure.

Fully updated to cover Active Directory for Windows Server 2003 SP1 and R2, this third edition is full of important updates and corrections. It's perfect for all Active Directory administrators, whether you manage a single server or a global multinational with thousands of servers.

Active Directory, 3rd Edition is divided into three parts. Part I introduces much of how Active Directory works, giving you a thorough grounding in its concepts. Some of the topics include Active Directory replication, the schema, application partitions, group policies, and interaction with DNS. Part II details the issues around properly designing the directory infrastructure. Topics include designing the namespace, creating a site topology, designing group policies for locking down client settings, auditing, permissions, backup and recovery, and a look at Microsoft's future direction with Directory Services. Part III covers how to create and manipulate users, groups, printers, and other objects that you may need in your everyday management of Active Directory.

If you want a book that lays bare the design and management of an enterprise or departmental Active Directory, then look no further. Active Directory, 3rd Edition will quickly earn its place among the books you don't want to be without.

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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: 9780596004668
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/6/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • 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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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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