Whether you’re new to Active Directory (AD) or a savvy systemadministrator looking to brush up on your skills, ActiveDirectory for Dummies, 2nd Edition will steer you inthe right direction! Since its original release, Microsoft’simplementation of the lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP)for the Windows Server line of networking software has become oneof the most popular directory service products in the world. If youare involved with the design and support of Microsoft directoryservices and/or solutions, you really need this book!
You’ll understand the basics of AD and utilize itsstructures to simplify your life and secure your digitalenvironment. You’ll discover how to exert fine-grainedcontrol over groups, assets, security, permissions, and policies ona Windows network and efficiently configure, manage, and update thenetwork. You’ll find new and updated material on securityimprovements, significant user interface changes, and updates tothe AD scripting engine, password policies, accidental objectdeletion protection, and more. You will learn how to:
- Navigate the functions and structures of AD
- Understand business and technical requirements and determinegoals
- Become familiar with physical components like site links,network services, and site topology
- Manage and monitor new features, AD replication, and schemamanagement
- Maintain AD databases
- Avoid common AD mistakes that can undermine networksecurity
Complete with lists of the ten most important points about AD,and ten cool Web resources, and ten troubleshooting tips, ActiveDirectory For Dummies, 2nd Edition is your one-stopguide to setting up, working with, and making the most of ActiveDirectory.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials arenot included as part of eBook file.
About the Author
Steve Clines, MCSE, MCT, has worked as an IT architect andengineer at EDS for over 18 years. He has worked on deployments ofmore than 100,000 seats for both Active Directory and MicrosoftExchange Server. Steve is the author of MCSE Designing a Windows2000 Directory Services Infrastructure For Dummies, which is astudy guide for the 70-219 MCP exam. He also maintains theConfessions of an IT Geek blog at http://itgeek.steveco.net.
Marcia Loughry, MCSE and MCP+I, is a SeniorInfrastructure Specialist with a large IT firm in Dallas, Texas.She is president of the Plano, Texas BackOffice User Group (PBUG)and a member of Women in Technology International. Marcia receivedher MCSE in NT 3.51 in 1997 and completed requirements for the NT4.0 track in 1998.Marcia has extensive experience working with Windows NT 3.51 and4.0 in enterprises of all sizes. She is assigned to some of herfirm’s largest customers in designing NT solutions andintegrating UNIX and NetWare environments with NT.
Table of Contents
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
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