Working with Active Directory

Deploy and maintain Active Directory9 H 27 M

  • Active Directory
    • Overview
    • Active Directory Components
    • AD Functionality
    • Installing Active Directory
    • Installing Active Directory Part 2
    • Installing Active Directory Part 3
    • Read-only Domain Controller
    • AD Virtualization
    • Organizational Units
    • User Accounts
    • Computer Accounts
    • Groups
    • AD Permissions
    • Operations Masters
    • AD Sites and Replication
    • AD Sites and Replication Part 2
    • AD Sites and Replication Part 3
    • AD Backup and Restore


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  • Episode Description
  • Transcript

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) allows you to create a scalable, secure, and manageable infrastructure for user and resource management, and you can provide support for directory-enabled applications. In these episodes, you will learn how to deploy and maintain Active Directory in both traditional networks and cloud-based solutions.

[MUSIC] Hello, we're here to introduce you to an exciting new series on Active Directory. Active Directory is one of the more important concepts that we can learn about as IT professionals. And we wanna make sure that everybody has a good understanding of the foundations and the basics in Active Directory. And we've got Mike Rodrick to actually help us out here, to show us what we're gonna be talking about. So Mike, what are we gonna be covering here in Active Directory? >> Well, we're gonna cover from A to Z, Ronnie. This is the place to be if you wanna learn about Active Directory. We're gonna start with the very basics of getting Active Directory installed. And even just installing Active Directory, there's different ways I can install it. If we're gonna install it on a full-blown server with a GUI interface or if we're gonna do it on Server Core. We're gonna take a look at cloning Domain Controller, so that we can push domain controllers out in a rapid pace if we need to. If we need to deploy additional domain controllers very quickly, we are gonna take a look at cloning, as well. And then we're gonna break Active Directory down. Like I said, we're gonna start at the very basics, and kind of work our way through. So we're gonna learn about what makes Active Directory. We'll talk about the database, and the SYSVOL folder structure. We'll talk about organizing Active Directory with organizational units. We're gonna take a look at user accounts and computer accounts and getting those created. Because really, Active Directory again, it's as Ronnie said, a very important topic if you're going to be administering an Active Directory network, and almost all enterprises are running Active Directory. We move out of that work group model very early on when we're in that SOHO. We get more than 10, 15 users, we're probably gonna be implementing Active Directory. That's a beautiful thing about Active Directory, it's very, very scalable. It can go from ten objects to tens of thousands of objects, and even more, it scales very well. But, that brings challenges as we start getting geographically dispersed with our offices. And we've got offices in different cities. Now I've gotta worry about replication with Active Directory, making sure that we have a consistent state so we're gonna deal with that. Replication and sites, and replication links or site links, you name it. I'm trying to think of what else, Ronnie. We're gonna look at the trust relations that get created in Active Directory. How to create our own trust if we need to set up trust with external organizations. Adding additional domain controllers. As our forest grows, maybe we go to a multi-domain environment. How do we add those child domains? What if I've got a separate namespace? We'll throw a little bit of DNS in there because Active Directory does rely on DNS, but we're really gonna focus primarily on DNS. We'll talk a little bit about group policy but then we've got other shows where we're gonna focus on group policy. This, again, is gonna really focus on Active Directory. We've gotta make sure we're ready for disasters, right? We've gotta make sure we're backing up Active Directory. How do we restore Active Directory? What if I've got a deleted object that changes the restoration process of putting that object back? We're gonna show you how to do that as well. So if you do anything with Active Directory, whether you're the admin that handles everything. Or maybe you've been delegated a task that you're responsible for resetting user accounts' passwords. And we're gonna look at that delegation wizard and see how that's done. Maybe you're administering Active Directory but your organization is growing and you need to delegate portions of your job out to other people. How do I do that in a secure fashion? How do I let the help desk go in and reset passwords but not for the admin accounts, or not create new users. We're gonna show you how to do that. Like I said, we'll work a little bit with those default group policies, groups are another thing that we've gotta deal with. How we create groups within Active Directory and assign permissions to those groups. Pre-staging computer accounts. I mean, you name it, we're gonna cover it. So if you need to learn about Active Directory, whether it's installing Active Directory or maintaining an existing Active Directory infrastructure. If you're new to it, or if you've had some experience with it and you wanna brush up on your Flexible Single Master Operation roles and how to move those around. And what to do if one of the domain controllers that's holding one of those FSMOs fails. How do I recover from that? We're gonna show you how. So, again, if you need to learn about Active Directory, this is the place to be. All right, so we've got some great episodes coming your way. We're gonna, again, work with Active Directory from top to bottom. Hope to see you there. [MUSIC]

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