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This 2-day instructor led course focuses on the Active Directory server lifecycle by creating baselines, monitoring the system health, & maintaining security for the Active Directory servers. It also focuses on managing Active Directory Domain Services..


 
Course Outline
This two day instructor led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to manage and maintain Windows Server 2008 Active Directory servers. The course focuses on the Active Directory server lifecycle by creating baselines, monitoring the system health, and maintaining security for the Active Directory servers. The course also focuses on managing Active Directory Domain Services and Active Directory service roles.

Audience This course is intended for Server Administrators who are familiar with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and who are, or will be, responsible for the daily management and maintenance of Server 2008 Active Directory servers. It is also intended for IT professionals who could benefit from acquiring the skills required by a Server 2008 Active Directory Server Administrator, such as a Server Administrator who is responsible for Network Application servers and works closely with the Active Directory Server Administrator, or an Enterprise Administrator who wants to understand the operational requirements of Server 2008 Active Directory Servers before designing a network server infrastructure.

At Course Completion • Plan and identify different approaches to Active Directory server deployment.
• Add and remove the Active Directory Domain Services server role.
• Identify strategies for developing, monitoring, and reviewing baselines.
• Create baselines for different Active Directory roles with the appropriate metrics using the Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor.
• Create and evaluate a monitoring plan based on business needs and environments.
• Determine the health of Active Directory servers using performance monitoring and event log triggers.
• Configure effective alerts and responses as well as evaluate alternative recommendations for Active Directory Domain Services servers to meet a business goal.
• Describe and implement the methodology of maintaining Windows Server Active Directory Domain Services.
• Perform Active Directory Domain Services maintenance and administrative tasks.
• Explain and deploy proven methods to harden the Active Directory servers.
• Decide which Server 2008 security features can address a given business situation.
• Add server roles to a Windows 2008 network.
• Deploy and operate an Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services server role.

Course Materials and Software
 The student kit includes a comprehensive workbook and other necessary materials for this class.

Course Outline Module 1: Managing an Active Directory Server Lifecycle This module explains how to support and maintain Active Directory servers to meet changing business requirements in an enterprise environment.
Lessons
• Planning an Active Directory Server Deployment
• Active Directory Server Deployment Technologies
• Adding Active Directory Domain Services Server Roles
• Removing Active Directory Services Server Roles

Lab: Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller
• Evaluating the Need for AD DS Promotion
• Meeting the Active Directory Need by Adding a Role
• Managing a Change Request for a RODC by the Using Command Line
• Developing a Management and Maintenance Plan
• Evaluating the Management and Maintenance Plan

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Plan an Active Directory server deployment.
• Identify different approaches to Active Directory server deployment.
• Add and remove the AD DS server role with the Server Manager GUI.
• Evaluate the need for a new Active Directory role.
• Develop an ongoing management/maintenance plan.

Module 2: Creating Baselines for Active Directory Servers This module explains how to create baselines using the Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor and through analysis, make decisions to improve server performance.
Lessons
• Methodologies for Implementing Baselines
• Using the Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor to Create Baselines
• Creating Baselines for Active Directory Servers

Lab: Creating Baselines for Active Directory Servers
• Involving Users in Baseline Development
• Choosing Relevant Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor (WRPM) Counters and Durations
• Evaluating and Revisiting a Baseline Document in the Face of Business Changes

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Identify strategies for developing, monitoring, and reviewing baselines.
• Use the WRPM to create baselines.
• Create baselines for different Active Directory roles using the appropriate metrics.
• Generate ideas for involving users in baseline development.
• Choose the relevant WRPM counters and durations for an Active Directory Domain Controller.
• Explain how to revise an AD DS baseline document in the face of a doubling of the user community.

Module 3: Monitoring the System Health of the Active Directory Servers This module explains how to create and evaluate a monitoring plan based on business needs and environments. It also explains how to determine the health of Active Directory servers using performance monitoring and even log triggers.
Lessons
• Overview of System Health
• Using Long-Term Monitoring to Identify Trends
• Setting Thresholds and Alerts for Short-Term Monitoring
• Choosing the Appropriate Server 2008 Monitoring Tools

Lab: Monitoring the Active Directory Server Roles
• Setting a Performance Alert to Meet a Business Goal
• Discussing Alert Response Strategies
• Building a Case for Configuration Change

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Define system health, server health, and Active Directory health.
• Define the best procedures to ensure system health and optimal performance for Active Directory servers.
• Set thresholds and alerts that are used for short-term monitoring.
• Describe the Server 2008 monitoring tools and how to decide when the different tools are appropriate in different business situations.
• Set a performance alert using WPRM.
• Compare the pros and cons of both short-term and long-term alert response strategies.
• Explain which Server 2008 tools are available for building a case for a configuration change based on monitoring results.

Module 4: Managing Active Directory Domain Services This module explains how to implement the methodology of maintaining Windows Server AD DS.
Lessons
• Restarting and Restoring the Active Directory
• Overview of the Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) Roles
• Evaluating Sites and Replication
• Managing Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs)
• Methods of Managing the Server Core
• Best Practices for Group Policy Objects and Links
• Delegating the Active Directory Administration

Lab: Managing the Active Directory Domain Services
• Offline Defragging of the NT Directory Service
• Evaluating a RODC with Read-Only DNS Solution
• Making Site Replication Decisions
• Group Policy Link Strategies

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the impact of Server 2008 methods for restarting Active Directory without rebooting.
• Restore deleted objects without restarting an AD DS server.
• Define the FSMO roles and the Global Catalog pseudo-role.
• Identify the exceptions to the standard Active Directory design rules.
• Explain the importance of site definitions and how to optimize the AD DS replication activity.
• Explain the functionality of RODCs and the key benefits with RODCs deployed.
• Explain the methods of managing Server Core.
• Identify the best practices for Group Policy objects and links.
• State the pros and cons of delegating administration of Active Directory.
• Perform an offline defrag of NTDS without rebooting.
• Evaluate a RODC.
• Change site replication latency.
• Propose Group Policy link strategies.

Module 5: Maintaining Security for Active Directory Servers This module explains how to deploy proven methods to harden the Active Directory Servers.
Lessons
• Server Hardening Techniques
• Using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer to Discover and Remove Security Holes
• Using Fine-Grained Password Policies to Simply Network Organization
• Planning Security Auditing
• Enhancing Physical Security

Lab: Maintaining Security for the Active Directory Servers
• Manually Implementing AD DS Server Hardening
• Assessing Ongoing Security Requirements
• Deploying Two Fine-Grained Password Policies
• Using AUDITPOL for Auditing

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the techniques used for manual server hardening.
• Deploy template-based server hardening using Group Policy.
• Use the MBSA to discover and remove security holes.
• Explain why you would use fine-grained password policies and how to maintain them.
• Describe when to perform security auditing and how to define a proper security baseline.
• Explain how to solve physical security problems and the ramifications of lax security policies.
• Plan a proper hardening policy for a given scenario.
• Assess ongoing security requirements with MBSA.
• Set up two fine-grained password policies.
• Use AUDITPOL for auditing.

Module 6: Managing Active Directory Service Roles This module explains how to add the Service Roles to a Windows 2008 network.
Lessons
• Using Server 2008 Tools for Certificate Services
• Implementing Lightweight Directory Services
• Overview of Active Directory Federation Services
• Overview of Rights Management Services

Lab: Managing the Active Directory Service Roles
• Installing the AD LDS Role
• Identifying Ongoing Management Concerns
• Using Server 2008 Tools for Managing AD LDS

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Use the Server 2008 tools to operate Certificate Services.
• Explain when to use LDS.
• Describe the deployment steps.
• Run the LDS using the Server 2008 tools.
• Identify management concerns with ADFS.
• Identify management concerns with Rights Management.
• Deploy an AD LDS instance on a 2008 Server.
• Identify ongoing management concerns for an Active Directory role.
• Use the Server 2008 tools to address specific concerns.
Prerequisites & Certificates
Pre-Requisites

In addition to their professional experience, students who at tend this training should have technical knowledge equivalent to the following courses: * Course 6424: Fundamentals of Windows Server 2008 Active Directory * Course 6425: Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services * Course 6426: Configuring and Troubleshooting Identity and Access Solutions with Windows Server 2008 ADS * Course 6430: Planning for Windows Server 2008 Servers

Certificates offered

Certificate of completion


Cancellation Policy
10 business day cancellation policy. if the course is confirmed and the student cancels within 10 days of the course, then they get charged and apply a credit for future courses. If they cancel outside of 10 business days, then there are no charges at all.
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I realize that we are constantly dealing with technology, but I still think for a registration fee of almost $3,000, that a hardcover book should be included. I know that the option to print the book on a one-time basis exists.
Reviewed by 2016
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Reviewed by 2016
The instructor was very knowledgeable and answered all questions. Jarod did an excellent job presenting.
Reviewed by 2015
The room was cold. I had to sit next to the space heater. It would be good to tell future patrons to dress warmly AHEAD of time. No suprises.
Reviewed by 2015
He was great and offered his contact info for further questions.
Reviewed by 2015
Howard was a fantastic instructor and the course was exactly what I required.
Reviewed by 2014
The trainer was excellent - the course exceeded my expectations.
Reviewed by 2014
This course provides an excellent overview and a bit of practice on the various functions of SharePoint 2013. I was disappointed at the number of exceedingly long breaks given after each module. I would have preferred less break time and more content to the course. Having never taken a SharePoint course with another provider, I don't know if this is the norm with all providers of just this one in particular.
Reviewed by 2014
I ranked the "Use of Technology" low because for Users who were remote the VM's that were setup were a little wonky. Could be very slow at times and then sometimes they needed to be refreshed to work properly with the lab. In some instances we couldn't follow along as replication would not occur fast enough and we would have our lab cut short (for us remote Users).
Reviewed by 2014
The instructor was good at remembering to acknowledge the online students even though he was facing a classroom of students also.
Reviewed by 2014
Insructor was not so good with the live examples. Also the handouts was not so useful
Reviewed by 2013
The trainer was excellent, very knowledgeable and had a lot of valuable experience to share. The problem was that there were way too many workshops that took too long and interfered with getting the maximum benefit from the instructor and the course.
Reviewed by 2013
This was quite informative. It was a great opportunity to have ‘real life’ discussions with certified PMs. The instructor had excellent examples and was able to share his PM experiences with us with concrete examples. In addition, this was a great opportunity to network with private sector/public sector PMs and develop a better appreciation of PM on both sides of the fence. Cheers, CL
Reviewed by 2013
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Reviewed by 2013
I did not like the video format
Reviewed by 2013
As a remote attendee, it appeared the instructor paid attention to the "Attendee" and "Chat" windows only a few times throughout the day, so I was not confident that he would see if I sent a message or raised my hand during the course.
Reviewed by 2013
The chairs were not very comfortable and the material contained spelling and grammatical error (a few but still)as well as repetition of words.
Reviewed by 2013
Was a bit slow the last 1/2 day. Of course, for some, this was the last of a 4 day course (not just 2 days).
Reviewed by 2013
I really enjoyed the course and I learned a lot. The pace was excellent.
Reviewed by 2013
good!
Reviewed by 2013
The room was excellent on its own - less distraction and no noise around you. There was no direction to the room when I walked in and therefore was not sure if I was heading in the right direction. We were not provided with the direction that there was coffee and fridge on the 3rd floor, and the bathroom floor was dirty.
Reviewed by 2012
This course was great, very informative, had Lionel as instructor and he was also very good.
Reviewed by 2012
Instructor was eager to assist but lacked subject matter expertise. Course time management was very poor. Content provided could have been delivered effectively in a one day course.
Reviewed by 2012
Good Course, good trainer. All questions addressed equally and in a timely professional manner.
Reviewed by 2011
The course content was interesting; however, the instructor didn't have enough knowledge about Microsoft Sharepoint 2010 Development and wasn't able to answer questions without google search. In the future CTE needs to make sure the instructors have real on-hands experience and are highly trained in the technologies they are supposed be teaching.
Reviewed by 2011
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