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Course Intro

00:00:00 - Hello my name is James Conrad, and it's a pleasure to be with
00:00:03 - you here for the configuring Active Directory series that focuses
00:00:07 - on the 70-640 exam from Microsoft. I've got to tell you
00:00:12 - Active Directory and the product for Microsoft Windows Server
00:00:15 - 2008 is more full featured than anything we've ever had before
00:00:19 - so, there is also more to learn than ever before here we've
00:00:22 - got a lot to cover. One of the things we'll be covering here
00:00:25 - first of all is just an introduction to Active Directory. Active
00:00:29 - Directory is a new thing for some people they may not have
00:00:31 - worked with Active Directory before so we'll kinda cover some brief installation
00:00:35 - items here as well, and then we will also take a look at server core. This
00:00:38 - is one of the new features that I really like within Windows
00:00:41 - Server 2008. This is going to give us the ability to work with a
00:00:45 - slimmed down version of the server which is fully functional
00:00:49 - but very light on hardware and maintenance requirements. Also,
00:00:52 - we can take a look here at read only domain controllers.
00:00:55 - This is a great way to secure domain controllers especially
00:00:58 - in places where you just might not have the physical security
00:01:02 - you want. Everybody always says oh, you got to have
00:01:04 - physical security. You might not have it, you might not be able to
00:01:07 - get it, it just might not be available but a read only domain controller
00:01:10 - will be a great way to help secure things even in insecure
00:01:13 - locations. We'll also talk here about operations masters in
00:01:17 - this series, this is a specific role the domain controllers
00:01:20 - have that only one of them can have in the entire domain or
00:01:24 - in the entire forest, so we'll look at some of those as well as the
00:01:27 - domain functional level and the forest functional level. You
00:01:30 - get yourself additional features within Active Directory
00:01:33 - if you raise the DFL and/or the FFL respectively. As
00:01:38 - we continue looking at Active Directory topics we'll look at
00:01:41 - automating Active Directory accounts. It's kind of cool you can
00:01:44 - actually create a whole bunch of different accounts using
00:01:48 - automated methods so you don't have to manually do it using
00:01:51 - the mouse and the keyboard and kind of conventional methods.
00:01:54 - We'll also take a look here at managing users, groups
00:01:58 - and computer accounts. And that's probably the large part of what
00:02:01 - most administrators will do on a daily basis. We take a look
00:02:05 - also in this series at Active Directory lightweight directory
00:02:08 - services, now this has been available in previous versions of Active Directory
00:02:12 - but it's kind of expanded out here in Windows Server 2008, and it may
00:02:16 - grow in terms of what people are going to be able to use in most
00:02:19 - corporations. Right now it's still a little bit rare you see
00:02:22 - a lot of people using LDS but I think on the horizon there
00:02:25 - we're going see that you can use LDS
00:02:28 - to custom configure your own data and configure where exactly
00:02:32 - you wanted to replicate within the organization. We also take
00:02:36 - a look here at Active Directory rights management services
00:02:39 - or ADRMS. This is where we can specifically control
00:02:43 - whether or not people can modify documents, beyond to something
00:02:47 - like read permissions. Whether or not they can print those documents.
00:02:51 - Whether or not they can email them to somebody or forward them.
00:02:54 - so you can get very granular and specific on what people can do
00:02:58 - with you know documents and emails and the like. We also take a
00:03:01 - look at Active Directory federation services this is a great
00:03:05 - way to inter operate with another company but to not be not
00:03:08 - not necessarily set up a whole forest wide trust but just to
00:03:11 - be able to access and narrow scope of resources between your
00:03:15 - two organizations. Then we'll continue our discussions with DNS
00:03:19 - which is essential for the proper operation of Active Directory and
00:03:22 - Active Directory certificates services, this is really core
00:03:26 - to making sure that you have security and a lot of different
00:03:29 - respects it goes back to the Active Directory RMS that we took
00:03:32 - took a look at earlier you can use it for users so they can
00:03:35 - sign and encrypt their email or for smart card enrollment all
00:03:39 - different kinds of things certificates can be used for now.
00:03:42 - And we'll also take a look at backing up and recovering Active
00:03:45 - Directory as well as your whole operating system, you need to have
00:03:48 - a plan in place for this, and fortunately Windows Server 2008 makes
00:03:51 - it easier and more automated than ever to do, and its really works very
00:03:56 - very well. We'll also take a look at some maintenance of Active Directory
00:03:58 - so that we can keep it running lean and mean. We'll also look
00:04:02 - at group policy objects which are the best way to comprehensively
00:04:05 - control virtually everything that your user can see and do. And
00:04:09 - then we will conclude with monitoring Active Directory. This is
00:04:13 - going to be important not only for Active Directory but for the
00:04:15 - operating system itself, and we'll look at a whole bunch of new tools
00:04:18 - that we have to make sure that we can keep an eye on how our
00:04:21 - systems are performing. Well I do hope that you enjoy listening to
00:04:25 - this series and watching these particular videos or nuggets
00:04:29 - as we call them here at CBTnuggets. It's been my pleasure
00:04:32 - to teach them and I hope that you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed
00:04:35 - making them. And with that, let's get started.

Introduction to Active Directory

Installing Active Directory

Server Core

Read Only Domain Controllers

Operations Masters

Domain Functional Level, Forest Functional Level

Automating Active Directory Accounts Part 1

Automating Active Directory Accounts Part 2

Managing User Accounts

Groups and Computer Accounts

Replication and Sites

UPN and Trusts

Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services

Active Directory Rights Management Services

Active Directory Federation Services

DNS Part 1

DNS Part 2

Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services Part 1

Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services Part 2

Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services Part 3

Configuring Backup and Recovery

Backup and Active Directory Maintenance

Create and Apply Group Policy Objects

GPO Account and Audit Policy

GPO Software and Templates

Monitoring Active Directory

What's New in R2: Intro

What's New in R2: Certification Authorities

What's New in R2: Active Directory Recycle Bin and Offline Domain Join

What's New in R2: AppLocker

What's New in R2: Biometrics, Smartcards, Dfs

What's New in R2: Group Policy Objects

What's New in R2: Active Directory Management

What's New in R2: Windows PowerShell

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James Conrad

James Conrad

CBT Nuggets Trainer

CompTIA A+, Server+; Certified Ethical Hacker; Microsoft MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, MCTS

Area Of Expertise:
Microsoft, including Windows Server, Windows Server administration, and Active Directory Design; hacking and security; photography and digital imaging. Author of the Server+ Guide to Advanced Hardware Support.

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