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This 5-day course provides in-depth training on configuring Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in a distributed environment, implementing Group Policies, performing backup and restore, & monitoring & troubleshooting Active Directory related issues.

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This five-day course provides in-depth training on configuring Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in a distributed environment, implementing Group Policies, performing backup and restore, and monitoring and troubleshooting Active Directory related issues.This course is intended for Active Directory Technology Specialists, Server Administrators, and Enterprise Administrators who want to learn how to implement Active Directory in a distributed environment, secure domains by using Group Policies, back up, restore, monitor, and troubleshoot Active Directory configuration to ensure trouble-free operation.

After completing this course, students will be able to:
•Describe the features and functionality of Active Directory Domain Services.
•Perform secure and efficient administration of Active Directory.
•Manage users and service accounts.
•Manage groups.
•Manage computer accounts.
•Implement a Group Policy infrastructure.
•Manage enterprise security and configuration by using Group Policy settings.
•Secure administration.
•Improve the security of authentication in an AD DS Domain.
•Configure Domain Name System.
•Administer AD DS domain controllers.
•Manage sites and Active Directory.
•Monitor, maintain, and back up directory Service to ensure continuity.
•Manage multiple domains and forests.


Module 1:Introducing Active Directory Domain Services

Thismodule explains how to install and configure Active Directory Domain Servicesand install and configure a read-only domain controller.


·        Lesson 1: Overview of Active Directory, Identity, andAccess                        

·        Lesson 2: Active Directory Components and Concepts 

·        Lesson 3: Install Active Directory Domain Services

Lab : Installan AD DS DC to Create a Single Domain Forest

·        Perform Post-Installation Configuration Tasks

·        Install a New Windows Server 2008 Forest with the WindowsInterface

·        Raise Domain and Forest Functional Levels   

Aftercompleting this module, students will be able to:

·        Describe the functionality of AD DS in an enterprise in relationto 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

Thismodule 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 AsAdministrator, and User Account Control

Lab :Find Objects in Active Directory

·        Find Objects in Active Directory

·        Use Saved Queries

Lab : UseWindows PowerShell to Administer Active Directory

·        Use PowerShell Cmdlets to Administer Active Directory

Aftercompleting this module, students will be able to:

·        Describe and work with Active Directory administration tools.

·        Describe the purpose and functionality of custom consoles andleast privilege.

·        Locate objects in Active Directory.

·        Administer Active Directory by using Windows PowerShell.

Module 3:Managing Users and Service Accounts

Thismodule 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

Aftercompleting 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

Thismodule explains how to create, modify, delete, and support group objects inActive 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

Aftercompleting 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 WindowsServer 2008CSVDE and LDIFDE.

·        Describe the best practices for managing groups.

Module 5:Managing Computer Accounts

Thismodule 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

Aftercompleting this module, students will be able to:

·        Create computer accounts and join them to a domain.

·        Administer computer objects and accounts by using the WindowsInterface and command-line tools.

·        Describe and perform the Offline Domain Join process.

Module 6:Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure

Thismodule explains what Group Policy is, how it works, and how best to implementGroup Policy in your organization.


UnderstandGroup 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

Aftercompleting this module, students will be able to:

·        Describe the components and technologies that comprise the GroupPolicy 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 ManagementInstrumentation filters, loopback processing, and preference targeting.

·        Describe how GPOs are processed.

·        Locate the event logs containing Group Policy–related events andtroubleshoot Group Policy application.

Module 7:Managing Enterprise Security and Configuration with Group Policy Settings

Thismodule explains how to manage security and software installation and how toaudit 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 UsingRestricted 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 : AuditFile System Access

·        Configure Permissions and Audit Settings

·        Configure Audit Policy

·        Examine Audit Events

Lab :Configure Application Control Policies

·        Configure Application Control Policies

Aftercompleting 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

Thismodule 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 ChangesAuditing

Aftercompleting 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

Thismodule explains the domain-side components of authentication, including thepolicies that specify password requirements and the auditing ofauthentication-related activities.


·        Configure Password and Lockout Policies

·        Audit Authentication

·        Configure Read-Only Domain Controllers

Lab : ConfigurePassword 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

Aftercompleting this module, students will be able to:

·        Configure password and lockout policies.

·        Audit authentication.

·        Configure read-only domain controllers.

Module10: Configuring Domain Name System

Thismodule explains how to implement DNS to support name resolution both withinyour 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

Aftercompleting 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.

Module11: Administering AD DS Domain Controllers

Thismodule explains how to add Windows Server 2008 domain controllers to a forestor domain, how to prepare a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 forest or domain forits first Windows Server 2008 DC, how to manage the roles performed by DCs, and howto 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 ServicesInstallation 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

Aftercompleting 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.

Module12: Managing Sites and Active Directory

Thismodule explains how to create a distributed directory service that supportsdomain 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

Aftercompleting this module, students will be able to:

·        Configure sites and subnets.

·        Configure the global catalog and application partitions.

·        Configure replication.

Module13: Directory Service Continuity

Thismodule explains about the technologies and tools that are available to helpensure the health and longevity of the directory service. You will exploretools that help you monitor performance in real time, and you will learn to logperformance over time so that you can keep an eye on performance trends inorder 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 ResourceMonitor

·        Use Reliability Monitor and Event Viewer to IdentifyPerformance-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

Aftercompleting 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.

Module14: Managing Multiple Domains and Forests

Thismodule explains how to raise the domain and forest functionality levels withinyour environment, how to design the optimal AD DS infrastructure for yourenterprise, how to migrate objects between domains and forests, and how toenable 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 : Administera Trust Relationship

·        Configure Functional Levels and DNS

·        Create a Trust Relationship

·        Validate a Trust Relationship

·        Assign Permissions to Trusted Identities

·        Implement Selective Authentication

Aftercompleting 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. - Foundation course (6424) or equivalent knowledge. - 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 fully refunded less a $75 processing fee. 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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