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