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This Microsoft video training with James Conrad covers Windows Server 2008, and topics such as installing active directory, DNS, and more....
This Microsoft video training with James Conrad covers Windows Server 2008, and topics such as installing active directory, DNS, and more.

Recommended skills:
  • At least a year working with Windows Server 2008
  • Experience working for in complex computing environment at medium to large companies

Recommended equipment:
  • Windows Server 2008

Related certifications:
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Administrator
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Server Administrator
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2008

Related job functions:
  • IT professionals


Whether you're an experienced database administrator getting up to speed on Server 2008, or a brand-new network admin learning Active Directory from the ground up, this is the course for you. James Conrad's video course Configuring Active Directory for Windows Server 2008 includes plenty of tools to help you shine as an administrator.

James starts by giving you a nuts-and-bolts background understanding of this terrific Microsoft product, then he shows you lots of cool Server 2008 tools that were unavailable in previous versions of Active Directory.

In no time, you'll be an expert administering Windows Server 2008 roles and features and be ready to take Microsoft's MCTS exam 70-640. Passing this exam also moves you closer to two Server 2008 MCITP certifications: Enterprise Administrator and Server Administrator.

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1. Course Intro (4 min)
2. Introduction to Active Directory (48 min)
3. Installing Active Directory (23 min)
4. Server Core (21 min)
5. Read Only Domain Controllers (50 min)
6. Operations Masters (51 min)
7. Domain Functional Level, Forest Functional Level (42 min)
8. Automating Active Directory Accounts Part 1 (45 min)
9. Automating Active Directory Accounts Part 2 (33 min)
10. Managing User Accounts (34 min)
11. Groups and Computer Accounts (26 min)
12. Replication and Sites (50 min)
13. UPN and Trusts (38 min)
14. Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (40 min)
15. Active Directory Rights Management Services (51 min)
16. Active Directory Federation Services (43 min)
17. DNS Part 1 (58 min)
18. DNS Part 2 (28 min)
19. Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services Part 1 (27 min)
20. Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services Part 2 (38 min)
21. Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services Part 3 (40 min)
22. Configuring Backup and Recovery (56 min)
23. Backup and Active Directory Maintenance (22 min)
24. Create and Apply Group Policy Objects (49 min)
25. GPO Account and Audit Policy (35 min)
26. GPO Software and Templates (18 min)
27. Monitoring Active Directory (72 min)
28. What's New in R2: Intro (5 min)
29. What's New in R2: Certification Authorities (28 min)
30. What's New in R2: Active Directory Recycle Bin and Offline Domain Join (29 min)
31. What's New in R2: AppLocker (27 min)
32. What's New in R2: Biometrics, Smartcards, Dfs (17 min)
33. What's New in R2: Group Policy Objects (28 min)
34. What's New in R2: Active Directory Management (55 min)
35. What's New in R2: Windows PowerShell (32 min)

Course Intro

00:00:00

Hello my name is James Conrad, and it's a pleasure to be with you here for the configuring Active Directory series that focuses on the 70-640 exam from Microsoft. I've got to tell you Active Directory and the product for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is more full featured than anything we've ever had before so, there is also more to learn than ever before here we've 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 Directory is a new thing for some people they may not have worked with Active Directory before so we'll kinda cover some brief installation 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 Server 2008. This is going to give us the ability to work with a slimmed down version of the server which is fully functional but very light on hardware and maintenance requirements. Also, we can take a look here at read only domain controllers.

00:00:55

This is a great way to secure domain controllers especially in places where you just might not have the physical security you want. Everybody always says oh, you got to have physical security. You might not have it, you might not be able to get it, it just might not be available but a read only domain controller will be a great way to help secure things even in insecure locations. We'll also talk here about operations masters in

00:01:17

this series, this is a specific role the domain controllers have that only one of them can have in the entire domain or in the entire forest, so we'll look at some of those as well as the domain functional level and the forest functional level. You get yourself additional features within Active Directory 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 automating Active Directory accounts. It's kind of cool you can actually create a whole bunch of different accounts using automated methods so you don't have to manually do it using the mouse and the keyboard and kind of conventional methods.

00:01:54

We'll also take a look here at managing users, groups and computer accounts. And that's probably the large part of what most administrators will do on a daily basis. We take a look also in this series at Active Directory lightweight directory services, now this has been available in previous versions of Active Directory but it's kind of expanded out here in Windows Server 2008, and it may grow in terms of what people are going to be able to use in most 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 we're going see that you can use LDS to custom configure your own data and configure where exactly you wanted to replicate within the organization. We also take a look here at Active Directory rights management services or ADRMS. This is where we can specifically control

00:02:43

whether or not people can modify documents, beyond to something like read permissions. Whether or not they can print those documents. Whether or not they can email them to somebody or forward them. so you can get very granular and specific on what people can do 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 way to inter operate with another company but to not be not not necessarily set up a whole forest wide trust but just to be able to access and narrow scope of resources between your two organizations. Then we'll continue our discussions with DNS

00:03:19

which is essential for the proper operation of Active Directory and Active Directory certificates services, this is really core to making sure that you have security and a lot of different respects it goes back to the Active Directory RMS that we took took a look at earlier you can use it for users so they can sign and encrypt their email or for smart card enrollment all 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 Directory as well as your whole operating system, you need to have a plan in place for this, and fortunately Windows Server 2008 makes it easier and more automated than ever to do, and its really works very 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 at group policy objects which are the best way to comprehensively control virtually everything that your user can see and do. And 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 operating system itself, and we'll look at a whole bunch of new tools that we have to make sure that we can keep an eye on how our systems are performing. Well I do hope that you enjoy listening to

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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