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A 2 day course that equips students with the knowledge and skills to manage and maintain Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Servers.

Course Outline
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.

  • Planning an Active Directory Server Deployment
  • Using Active Directory Server Deployment Technologies
  • Adding AD DS Server Roles
  • Removing AD DS Server Roles
Lab: Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller
  • Evaluating the Need for AD DS Promotion
  • Meeting the Need by Adding a Role
  • Managing a Change Request for an RODC by Using the 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 an AD DS server role.
  • Remove an AD DS server role.
Module 2: Creating Baselines for Active Directory Servers

This module explains how to create baselines using the WRPM and through analysis, make decisions to improve server performance.

  • Baseline Methodologies for Active Directory Servers
  • WRPM Overview
  • Using Metrics to Create Baselines for Active Directory Servers
Lab: Creating Baselines for Active Directory Servers
  • Involving Users in Baseline Development
  • Choosing Relevant WRPM Counters and Durations
  • Evaluating and Revising a Baseline Document in the Face of Business Changes
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Define strategies for developing baselines.
  • Explain the use of the WRPM as a baseline creation and revision tool.
  • Describe some of the specific metrics that may be relevant for the different Active Directory roles.
Module 3: Monitoring the System Health of 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.

  • System Health Overview
  • Using Long-Term Monitoring to Identify Trends
  • Setting Thresholds and Alerts for Short-Term Monitoring
  • Choosing the Appropriate Windows 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 Windows Server 2008 monitoring tools and how to decide when the different tools are appropriate in different business situations.
Module 4: Managing Active Directory Domain Services

This module explains how to implement the methodology of maintaining Windows Server 2008 AD DS.

  • Restarting and Restoring Active Directory
  • Overview of the Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) Roles
  • Planning Sites and Replication
  • Managing RODCs
  • Methods of Managing Windows Server Core
  • Best Practices for GPOs and Links
  • Delegating Active Directory Administration
Lab: Managing AD DS
  • Offline Defragging of the Active Directory Database
  • Evaluating an 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 Windows Server 2008 methods for restarting Active Directory without rebooting.
  • Define the FSMO roles and the Global Catalog pseudo-role.
  • 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 Windows Server Core.
  • Identify the best practices for Group Policy Objects (GPOs) and links.
  • State the pros and cons of delegating administration of Active Directory.
Module 5: Maintaining Security for Active Directory Servers

This module explains how to deploy proven methods to harden the Active Directory servers.

  • Server Hardening Techniques
  • Using the MBSA to Discover and Remove Security Holes
  • Using Fine-Grained Password Policies to Simplify 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 Fine-Grained Password Policies
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the techniques used for manual server hardening.
  • Use the MBSA to discover and remove security holes.
  • Explain why you would use fine-grained password policies and how to maintain them.
  • Explain 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.
Module 6: Managing Active Directory Service Roles

This module explains how to add non-AD-DS service roles to a Windows Server 2008 network and manage those roles with supplied tools.

  • Using Windows Server 2008 Tools for AD CS
  • Implementing AD LDS
  • AD FS Overview
  • AD RMS Overview
Lab: Managing Active Directory Service Roles
  • Installing the AD LDS Role
  • Identifying Ongoing Management Concerns
  • Using Windows Server 2008 Tools for Managing AD LDS
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Use the Windows Server 2008 tools to operate Certificate Services.
  • Explain when to use AD LDS.
  • Identify management concerns with Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS).
  • Identify management concerns with Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS).

Prerequisites & Certificates

Prerequisites In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should have technical knowledge equivalent to the following courses: - 6424A: Fundamentals of Windows Server 2008 Active Directory - 6425A: Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services - 6426A: Configuring Identity and Access Solutions with Windows Server 2008 Active Directory - 6430A: Planning and Administering Windows Server 2008 Servers

Certificates offered

Certificate of Completion

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or postponements received more than ten business days prior to the first day of the course, will be subject to a 15% administration fee, and course ware fees where applicable. The cost of the course is payable, in full, for any cancellations or postponements received within ten business days, or less, prior to the first day of the course.

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A quick note to say thanks very much for the information I garnered at the course. The training was very informative and practical; the handout material contains a lot of information that will be helpful in future.
Reviewed by 2014
I found the course to be useful and easy to follow. Would use their service again.
Reviewed by 2014
I really enjoyed this training session, I found it incredible helpful for our needs of customizing our CRM. The instructor was good
Reviewed by 2013
By choice, and as I didn't want to disturb the man next to me, I didn't ask to many questions of the instructor. I realize that taking the same course at the same time would have been ideal, but I understand why we were put in the same space. I had a few computer glitches which shuffled the course material around a bit which I eventually found a work around for. A lot of material for one day and I did find myself paying attention to the clock to make sure I finished at a reasonable time.
Reviewed by 2012
very well organized and flexible. Helped me with my specific needs. Steve was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
I thought that the course content was excellent, it covered a wide variety of new features in 2010 at a sufficeint level of detail. The video instructor was also very diliegent about highlighting the various ribbon features and showing alternate methods of completing a task. This teaching method may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed the ability to learn at my own pace, without being slowed down by questions that were not relevant to me. It would be nice to have better control over the video streaming in order to skip over/ahead on topics that are familiar to the user.
Reviewed by 2012
the instructor was very knowledgeable, and most importantly patient.
Reviewed by 2012
Found that the advance training was where my level was at already on most items (wishing there was a super advanced training). Found the ‘instructor’ not to be conversant on the program I was being trained on (probably the same level as I was) which was frustrating. He did ask other personnel which did have more knowledge but did not give me a clear answer (said it was part of the limits of the program and what I was looking for was very customized, duh this is why I took the advanced) He was willing to go over the ideas of tables and relationships with me which was not covered in the course, which I was thankful for. The course did delivered though what it had said it would and it was good to get reinforcement on what I had learned on my own, that I was on the right track.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was really useful for me.
Reviewed by 2012
over all it is a good experience and I learnt something out of it.
Reviewed by 2012
Course content was not as comprehensive as I'd hoped. Would have liked more indepth lessons about macros.
Reviewed by 2012
It would be great to separate two different session for the topic. It was usufull and meantime it was too much information.
Reviewed by 2012
Hi, There was one problem with the flow. I'm not completely sure as to how best to describe it but basically, it didn't flow from one module to the next. Specifically, if I was in a particular module (say the introduction or first sub-module) and it completed, I was not automatically taken to the next sub-module within the overall module (a module being a section of the course). Feel free to give me a call to discuss at 416-686-3141.
Reviewed by 2012
The first hour of the course was difficult due to the noisy environment. There were 3 separate software platforms being mentored by 2 instructors simultaneously. As each required unique start up instructions, it was very difficult to concentrate on the video teaching for my session in spite of the headphones as there was a significant amount of background noise. I suggest that future sessions that are mentored rather than led be done as dedicated sessions (i.e. only 1 software platform being taught at a time) to minimize the impact of this situation. Additionally, the 2 instructors had side conversations that had nothing to do with teaching the sessions and needed to be asked not to do this as I found it was hindering my ability to listen to the video lesson. Unwilling to crank the volume on the headset, I could hear them clearly over the top of the lesson I was listening to.
Reviewed by 2012
Everyone was extremely laid back, kind and courteous. I felt very comfortable and no matter who you were in contact with, all employees were approachable.
Reviewed by 2012
While the instructor had a basic understanding of Project 2010, he did not have "advanced" knowledge which was the level of the course. He had not really used the software in "real life" so didn't have any context. Whenever I had questions, he looked for answers from microsoft.com (I could have done the same). I was hoping the instructor would provided added knowledge to what I was learning from the videos.
Reviewed by 2012
Fantastic and very relevant. The instructor was very pleasant and helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
Too many mistakes made in the videos, this made it confusing about what to follow and what to avoid. Seminar presenter got off-topic too much which made me pressed for time.
Reviewed by 2011
There really is not enough time in one day to do all the exersizes in the training manual, watch all the videos, take the quizzes, and discuss specifc issues with the instructor. I would suggest improving the video intruction to actual take you through some of the exersizes rather than leaving you to do it on your own, because you really only learn by doing.
Reviewed by 2011
Thought the directions in the book exercises exercises could be written a little clearer.
Reviewed by 2011
My second course with TekSource and it's always an enjoyable experience. It's a nice clean office environment close to the subway. And the staff is excellent and helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
Not instructor led hence one star rating
Reviewed by 2011
The only somewhat critical comment I have is that it can be difficult to concentrate when the mentor is explaining to another student. In a small classroom setting, I guess that is just a reality of mentor-assisted training.
Reviewed by 2011
Steve Meggenson understand French. He helped me a lot with my documents from work. Now I know how to use Access for my work. I should take this course 5 years ago! But, it's not too late! I want to take the monitored or coach course with Steve again because he can read and understand french!
Reviewed by 2011
I wish that there had been more examples and more exercises for pivot tables and vlook up. They are very valuable tools.
Reviewed by 2011
Very positive experience.
Reviewed by 2011

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