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Learn Active Directory Management in a Month of Lunches

Learn Active Directory Management in a Month of Lunches is a practical, hands-on tutorial designed for IT pros new to Active Directory. It skips the theory and concentrates on the day-to-day administration tasks you need to know to keep your network running smoothly. Just set aside an hour a day for a month—lunchtime would be perfect—and you’ll be comfortable and productive with Active Directory before you know it.

At the heart of your Windows network is Active Directory, the control center for administration, security, and other core management functions. If you’re new to Active Directory administration—or if you find yourself unexpectedly thrust into that role—you’ll need to get up to speed fast.

Learn Active Directory Management in a Month of Lunches is a hands-on tutorial designed for IT pros new to Active Directory. Without assuming previous administration experience, the book starts by walking you through the most important day-to-day system management tasks. You’ll learn how to administer AD both from the GUI tools built into Windows and by using PowerShell at the command line. Along the way, you’ll touch on best practices for managing user access, setting group policies, automating backups, and more.

This book assumes no prior experience with Active Directory or Windows administration. Examples are based in Windows Server 2012.

What’s Inside

  • ADM tasks you’ll need every day
  • GUI and command line techniques
  • Content tested by new administrators
  • Well-illustrated, clearly explained examples

Table of Contents
Part 1: Managing Active Directory Data
Chapter 1. Before you begin
Chapter 2. Creating user accounts
Chapter 3. Managing user accounts
Chapter 4. Managing groups
Chapter 5. Troubleshooting users and groups
Chapter 6. Managing computer accounts
Chapter 7. Managing organizational units

Part 2: Managing Group Policy
Chapter 8. Creating Group Policies
Chapter 9. Managing Group Policies
Chapter 10. Fine-grained password policies

Part 3: Managing the Active Directory service
Chapter 11. Creating domain controllers
Chapter 12. Managing domain controllers
Chapter 13. Protecting AD data
Chapter 14. Security: Default groups and delegation
Chapter 15. Managing DNS
Chapter 16. Managing sites and subnets
Chapter 17. AD replication
Chapter 18. Managing AD trusts

Part 4: Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Chapter 19. Troubleshooting your AD
Chapter 20. Maintaining and monitoring Active Directory
Chapter 21. Future work and final exam
Chapter 22. Into the cloud

Appendix A. Searching Active Directory
Appendix B. Migrations and upgrades

Book Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications (February 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617291196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617291197
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