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Active Directory Administration

Authors: Gary Grudzinskas, Greg Shields

Active Directory (AD) is a centralized Windows OS directory service that automates network management of user data, security, and distributed resources. In this path, you will... Read more

Beginner

First, you'll learn how to implement Active Directory Domain Services.

Install and Configure Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016

by Greg Shields

Feb 26, 2018 / 3h 20m

3h 20m

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Description

Just about everyone these days has spent time *in* an Active Directory, logging into computers and accessing resources, it's not all that often these days that you get to *install* an Active Directory. Most AD infrastructures around today are generations old, so old sometimes that the folks who built it may have moved onto new things. That's why installing Active Directory remains a useful and important topic. You can't really understand a thing until you understand how it gets put together. Discussing those installation and some of the initial configuration tasks is a big part of this course. This is the first of two courses on Active Directory in our 742 learning path. In this course, Install and Configure Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016*, you will learn how to install domain controllers in, yes, five different ways. First, you'll learn how to create your first Active Directory domain and forest. Next, you'll take a look at the users and computers in that structure, exploring both the graphical and PowerShell ways to manage these objects. Before finishing, you'll dig into your AD domain's groups and organizational units. By the end of this course, you'll see how they're managed, but also be presented with a few neat tricks that'll make their administration just that much easier.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introduction16m
  3. Install and Configure Domain Controllers1h 36m
  4. Create and Manage Active Directory Users and Computers48m
  5. Create and Manage Active Directory Groups and Organizational Units36m

Intermediate

Next, you'll learn to manage and maintain Active Directory Domain Services.

Manage and Maintain Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016

by Greg Shields

Jul 10, 2017 / 3h 53m

3h 53m

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Description

AD has been around since quite literally the last century, first released with Windows 2000 Server. In its nearly twenty years of service we've so far seen eight updates to its functions and features, aligned with each major OS version. Those eight updates in not-quite twenty years should give you some idea of its maturity, as well as the relative deceleration of what's new and exciting in terms of new capabilities. This course, Manage and Maintain Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016, focuses on the "slightly more advanced" topics, because much of what you'll see here isn't all that different from the same management and maintenance of Active Directory in recent versions. First, you'll take a look at the special tactics in managing service accounts and password policies. Next, you'll explore some of the maintenance activities where native Windows Server solutions exist. Finally, you'll finish up with an extended look at Active Directory in complex configurations, focusing on where and when it makes sense to expand past single domains, single forests, and single AD site configurations. By the end of this course, you'll be able to efficiently manage and maintain an Active Directory environment.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introduction25m
  3. Configure Service Authentication and Account Policies55m
  4. Maintain Active Directory1h 16m
  5. Configure Active Directory in a Complex Enterprise Environment1h 14m

Advanced

Finally, you'll learn to implement Active Directory Certificate Services.

Implementing Active Directory Certificate Services in Windows Server 2016

by Gary Grudzinskas

Mar 9, 2017 / 5h 10m

5h 10m

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Description

Security is more important than ever to a business. Assuring that your data is safe, your communications are protected, and your workers can be safely identified can prevent a catastrophic breach of security that could adversely affect an enterprise. In this course, Implementing Active Directory Certificate Services in Windows Server 2016, you'll learn how to properly use this technology and have the peace of mind knowing you are providing the protection of your infrastructure deserves. First, you'll explore how to set up and administer a certification authority. Next, you'll discover how to use certificates for your business and security needs. Finally, you'll learn how to implement smart cards. By the end of this course, you'll know how to secure your network, your data, your connections, and your users by using certificates in your environment.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Understanding the AD CS Infrastructure24m
  3. Building the Lab Environment23m
  4. Deploying the Root CA23m
  5. Deploying Subordinate Enterprise CA35m
  6. Administering Certificate Server25m
  7. Securing Your CA27m
  8. Maintaining CA29m
  9. Deploying Certificates45m
  10. Using Certificates45m
  11. Using Smartcards in Windows 201627m

What you will learn

  • How to implement Active Directory Domain Services
  • How to manage and maintain Active Directory Domains
  • How to implement Active Directory Certificate Service

Pre-requisites

Familiarity with Active Directory and Windows Server is recommended.

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