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This 5-day course provides students with the knowledge & skills to configure Active Directory Domain Services in a distributed environment, implement Group Policies, perform backup & restore, & monitor & troubleshoot Active Directory issues.

Course Outline

This five-day instructor-led course provides to teach Active Directory Technology Specialists with the knowledge and skills to configure Active Directory Domain Services in a distributed environment, implement Group Policies, perform backup and restore, and monitor and troubleshoot Active Directory related issues.


The primary audience for this course are AD Technology Specialists, Server Administrators, and Enterprise Administrators who want to learn how to implement AD in a distributed environment, secure domains using Group Policies, and perform backup, restore, and monitor and troubleshoot AD configuration to ensure trouble free operation.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to implement and configure Active Directory domain services in their enterprise environment.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introducing Active Directory Domain Services

This module explains how to install and configure Active Directory Domain Services and install and configure a read-only domain controller.

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Active Directory, Identity, and Access
  • Lesson 2: Active Directory Components and Concepts
  • Lesson 3: Install Active Directory Domain Services
Lab : Install an AD DS DC to Create a Single Domain Forest
  • Perform Post-Installation Configuration Tasks
  • Install a New Windows Server 2008 Forest with the Windows Interface
  • Raise Domain and Forest Functional Levels
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the functionality of AD DS in an enterprise in relation to identity and access.
  • Describe the major components of AD DS.
  • Install AD DS and configure it as a domain controller.
Module 2: Administering Active Directory Securely and Efficiently

This module explains how to work securely and efficiently in Active Directory.

  • Work with Active Directory Administration Tools
  • Custom Consoles and Least Privilege
  • Find Objects in Active Directory
  • Use Windows PowerShell to Administer Active Directory
Lab : Administer Active Directory Using Administrative Tools
  • Perform Administrative Tasks by Using Administrative Tools
  • Create a Custom Active Directory Administrative Console
  • Perform Administrative Tasks with Least Privilege, Run As Administrator, and User Account Control
Lab : Find Objects in Active Directory
  • Find Objects in Active Directory
  • Use Saved Queries
Lab : Use Windows PowerShell to Administer Active Directory
  • Use PowerShell Cmdlets to Administer Active Directory
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe and work with Active Directory administration tools.
  • Describe the purpose and functionality of custom consoles and least privilege.
  • Locate objects in Active Directory.
  • Administer Active Directory by using Windows PowerShell.
Module 3: Managing Users and Service Accounts

This module explains how to manage and support user accounts in Active Directory.

  • Create and Administer User Accounts
  • Configure User Object Attributes
  • Automate User Account Creation
  • Create and Configure Managed Service Accounts
Lab : Create and Administer User Accounts
  • Create User Accounts
  • Administer User Accounts
Lab : Configure User Object Attributes
  • Examine User Object Attributes
  • Manage User Object Attributes
  • Create Users from a Template
Lab : Automate User Account Creation
  • Export and Import Users with CSVDE
  • Import Users with LDIFDE
Lab : Create and Administer Managed Service Accounts
  • Create and Associate a Managed Service Account
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Create and administer user accounts.
  • Configure user object attributes.
  • Automate user account creation.
  • Create and configure managed service accounts.
Module 4: Managing Groups

This module explains how to create, modify, delete, and support group objects in Active Directory.

  • Overview of Groups
  • Administer Groups
  • Best Practices for Group Management
Lab : Administer Groups
  • Implement Role-Based Management by Using Groups
  • (Advanced Optional) Explore Group Membership Reporting Tools
  • (Advanced Optional) Understand “Account Unknown” Permissions
Lab : Best Practices for Group Management
  • Implement Best Practices for Group Management
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the role of groups in managing an enterprise.
  • Administer groups with by using the built-in tools in Windows Server 2008CSVDE and LDIFDE.
  • Describe the best practices for managing groups.
Module 5: Managing Computer Accounts

This module explains how to create and configure computer accounts.

  • Create Computers and Join the Domain
  • Administer Computer Objects and Accounts
  • Perform an Offline Domain Join
Lab : Create Computers and Join the Domain
  • Join a computer to the Domain with the Windows Interface
  • Secure Computer Joins
  • Manage Computer Account Creation
Lab : Administer Computer Objects and Accounts
  • Administer Computer Objects Through Their Life Cycle
  • Administer and Troubleshoot Computer Accounts
Lab : Configure an Offline Domain Join
  • Configure an Offline Domain Join
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Create computer accounts and join them to a domain.
  • Administer computer objects and accounts by using the Windows Interface and command-line tools.
  • Describe and perform the Offline Domain Join process.
Module 6: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure

This module explains what Group Policy is, how it works, and how best to implement Group Policy in your organization.

  • Understand Group Policy
  • Implement GPOs
  • Deeper Look at Settings and GPOs
  • Group Policy Preferences
  • Manage Group Policy Scope
  • Group Policy Processing
  • Troubleshoot Policy Application
Lab : Implement Group Policy
  • Create, Edit, and Link GPOs
Lab : Explore Group Policy Settings and Features
  • Use Filtering and Commenting
  • Manage Administrative Templates
Lab : Managing Group Policy Preferences
  • Configure Group Policy Preferences
  • Verify the Application of Group Policy Preferences
Lab : Manage Group Policy Scope
  • Configure GPO Scope with Links
  • Configure GPO Scope with Filtering
  • Configure Loopback Processing
Lab : Troubleshoot Policy Application
  • Perform RSoP Analysis
  • Use the Group Policy Modeling Wizard
  • View Policy Events
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the components and technologies that comprise the Group Policy framework.
  • Implement GPOs.
  • Configure and understand a variety of policy setting types.
  • Understand and configure Group Policy preferences.
  • Scope GPOs by using links, security groups, Windows Management Instrumentation filters, loopback processing, and preference targeting.
  • Describe how GPOs are processed.
  • Locate the event logs containing Group Policy–related events and troubleshoot Group Policy application.
Module 7: Managing Enterprise Security and Configuration with Group Policy Settings

This module explains how to manage security and software installation and how to audit files and folders.

  • Delegate the Support of Computers
  • Manage Security Settings
  • Manage Software with GPSI
  • Auditing
  • Software Restriction Policy and AppLocker
Lab : Delegate the Support of Computers
  • Configure the Membership of Administrators by Using Restricted Groups
Lab : Manage Security Settings
  • Manage Local Security Settings
  • Create a Security Template
Lab : Manage Software with GPSI
  • Deploy Software with GPSI
  • Upgrade Applications with GPSI
Lab : Audit File System Access
  • Configure Permissions and Audit Settings
  • Configure Audit Policy
  • Examine Audit Events
Lab : Configure Application Control Policies
  • Configure Application Control Policies
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Delegate the support of computers.
  • Manage security settings.
  • Manage software by using GPSI.
  • Describe the purpose and functionality of auditing
  • Describe the purpose of Software Restriction Policy and AppLocker.
Module 8: Securing Administration

This module explains how to administer Active Directory Domain Services Securely.

  • Delegate Administrative Permissions
  • Audit Active Directory Administration
Lab : Delegate Administration
  • Delegate Permission to Create and Support User Accounts
  • View Delegated Permissions
  • Remove and Reset Permissions
Lab : Audit Active Directory Changes
  • Audit Changes to Active Directory Using Default Audit Policy
  • Audit Changes to Active Directory Using Directory Service Changes Auditing
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Delegate administrative permissions.
  • Audit Active Directory administration.
Module 9: Improving the Security of Authentication in an AD DS Domain

This module explains the domain-side components of authentication, including the policies that specify password requirements and the auditing of authentication-related activities.

  • Configure Password and Lockout Policies
  • Audit Authentication
  • Configure Read-Only Domain Controllers
Lab : Configure Password and Account Lockout Policies
  • Configure the Domain’s Password and Lockout Policies
  • Configure a Fine-Grained Password Policy
Lab : Audit Authentication
  • Audit Authentication
Lab : Configure Read-Only Domain Controllers
  • Exercise 1: Install an RODC
  • Exercise 2: Configure Password Replication Policy
  • Exercise 3: Manage Credential Caching
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Configure password and lockout policies.
  • Audit authentication.
  • Configure read-only domain controllers.
Module 10: Configuring Domain Name System

This module explains how to implement DNS to support name resolution both within your AD DS domain and outside your domain and your intranet.

  • Review of DNS Concepts, Components, and Processes
  • Install and Configure DNS in an AD DS Domain
  • Integration of AD DS, DNS, and Windows
  • Advanced DNS Configuration and Administration
Lab : Installing the DNS Service
  • Add the DNS Server Role
  • Configure Forward Lookup Zones and Resource Records
Lab : Advanced Configuration of DNS
  • Enable Scavenging of DNS Zones
  • Create Reverse Lookup Zones
  • Explore Domain Controller Location
  • Configure Name Resolution for External Domains
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe DNS concepts, components, and processes.
  • Install and configure DNS in an AD DS domain.
  • Describe the integration of AD DS, DNS, and Windows.
  • Describe advanced DNS configuration and administration tasks.
Module 11: Administering AD DS Domain Controllers

This module explains how to add Windows Server 2008 domain controllers to a forest or domain, how to prepare a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 forest or domain for its first Windows Server 2008 DC, how to manage the roles performed by DCs, and how to migrate the replication of SYSVOL from the File Replication Service (FRS) used in previous versions of Windows to the Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R) mechanism that provides more robust and manageable replication.

  • Domain Controller Installation Options
  • Install a Server Core DC
  • Manage Operations Masters
  • Configure DFS-R Replication of SYSVOL
Lab : Install Domain Controllers
  • Create an Additional DC with the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard
  • Add a Domain Controller from the Command Line
  • Remove a Domain Controller
  • Create a Domain Controller from Installation Media
Lab : Install a Server Core DC
  • Perform Post-Installation Configuration on Server Core
  • Create a Domain Controller with Server Core
Lab : Transfer Operations Masters Roles
  • Identify Operations Masters
  • Transfer Operations Masters Roles
Lab : Configure DFS-R Replication of SYSVOL
  • Observe the Replication of SYSVOL
  • Prepare to Migrate to DFS-R
  • Migrate SYSVOL Replication to DFS-R
  • Verify DFS-R Replication of SYSVOL
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Identify the domain controller installation options.
  • Install a Server Core DC.
  • Manage operations masters.
  • Configure DFS-R replication of SYSVOL.
Module 12: Managing Sites and Active Directory

This module explains how to create a distributed directory service that supports domain controllers in portions of your network that are separated by expensive, slow, or unreliable links.

  • Configure Sites and Subnets
  • Configure the Global Catalog and Application Partitions
  • Configure Replication
Lab : Configure Sites and Subnets
  • Configure the Default Site
  • Create Additional Sites
Lab : Configure the Global Catalog and Application Partitions
  • Configure a Global Catalog
  • Configure Universal Group Membership
  • Examine DNS and Application Directory Partitions
Lab : Configure Replication
  • Create a Connection Object
  • Create Site Links
  • Move Domain Controllers into Sites
  • Designate a Preferred Bridgehead Server
  • Configure Intersite Replication
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Configure sites and subnets.
  • Configure the global catalog and application partitions.
  • Configure replication.
Module 13: Directory Service Continuity

This module explains about the technologies and tools that are available to help ensure the health and longevity of the directory service. You will explore tools that help you monitor performance in real time, and you will learn to log performance over time so that you can keep an eye on performance trends in order to spot potential problems.

  • Monitor Active Directory
  • Manage the Active Directory Database
  • Active Directory Recycle Bin
  • Back Up and Restore AD DS and Domain Controllers
Lab : Monitor Active Directory
  • Monitor Real-Time Performance Using Task Manager and Resource Monitor
  • Use Reliability Monitor and Event Viewer to Identify Performance-Related Events
  • Monitor Events on Remote Computers with Event Subscriptions
  • Attach Tasks to Event Logs and Events
  • Monitor AD DS with Performance Monitor
  • Work with Data Collector Sets
Lab : Manage the Active Directory Database
  • Perform Database Maintenance
  • Work with Snapshots and Recovering a Deleted User
Lab : Using Active Directory Recycle Bin
  • Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin
  • Restore Deleted Objects with Active Directory Recycle Bin
Lab : Back Up and Restore Active Directory
  • Back Up Active Directory
  • Restore Active Directory and a Deleted OU
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Monitor Active Directory.
  • Manage the Active Directory database.
  • Describe the purpose of the Active Directory Recycle Bin.
  • Back up and restore AD DS and domain controllers.
Module 14: Managing Multiple Domains and Forests

This module explains how to raise the domain and forest functionality levels within your environment, how to design the optimal AD DS infrastructure for your enterprise, how to migrate objects between domains and forests, and how to enable authentication and resources access across multiple domains and forests.

  • Configure Domain and Forest Functional Levels
  • Manage Multiple Domains and Trust Relationships
  • Move Objects between Domains and Forests
Lab : Administer a Trust Relationship
  • Configure Functional Levels and DNS
  • Create a Trust Relationship
  • Validate a Trust Relationship
  • Assign Permissions to Trusted Identities
  • Implement Selective Authentication
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Configure domain and forest functional levels.
  • Manage multiple domains and trust relationships.
  • Move objects between domains and forests.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Before attending this course, students must have: - Basic understanding of networking - Intermediate understanding of network operating systems - An awareness of security best practices - Basic knowledge of server hardware - Some experience creating objects in Active Directory - Basic concepts of backup and recovery in a Windows Server environment

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.
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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.
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very well organized and flexible. Helped me with my specific needs. Steve was very helpful.
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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.
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the instructor was very knowledgeable, and most importantly patient.
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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.
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over all it is a good experience and I learnt something out of it.
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Course content was not as comprehensive as I'd hoped. Would have liked more indepth lessons about macros.
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It would be great to separate two different session for the topic. It was usufull and meantime it was too much information.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Thought the directions in the book exercises exercises could be written a little clearer.
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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.
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Not instructor led hence one star rating
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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.
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