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Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services

Learn how to configure ADS in a distributed environment and more.

GK# 6123 Vendor# M6425

Course Overview


In this comprehensive course you will not only discuss the crucial concepts and best practices of Active Directory, but you will also discover through hands-on exercises the Active Directory roles available in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. You will gain the knowledge and skills to configure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 distributed environments, and you will create and configure Group Policies, perform backup and restore, and monitor and troubleshoot Active Directory-related issues.

This course incorporates materials from the Official Microsoft Learning Product 6425: Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services, and it can assist you in your preparation for Exam 70-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring.

What You'll Learn

  • Perform secure and efficient administration of Active Directory
  • Implement a Group Policy infrastructure
  • Improve the security of authentication in an AD DS Domain
  • Monitor, maintain, and back up Directory Services to ensure continuity


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Classroom Live Outline

1. Introduction to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)

  • Active Directory, Identity, and Access
  • Active Directory Components and Concepts
  • Install AD DS

2. Administering Active Directory Securely and Efficiently

  • Work with Active Directory Administration Tools
  • Custom Consoles and Least Privilege
  • Find Objects in Active Directory
  • Use Windows PowerShell to Administer Active Directory

3. Managing Users and Service Accounts

  • Create and Administer User Accounts
  • Configure User Object Attributes
  • Automate User Account Creation
  • Create and Configure Managed Service Accounts

4. Managing Groups

  • Administer Groups
  • Best Practices for Group Management

5. Managing Computer Accounts

  • Create Computers and Join the Domain
  • Administer Computer Objects and Accounts
  • Perform an Office Domain Join

6. Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure

  • Understand Group Policy
  • Implement Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
  • Manage Group Policy Scope
  • Group Policy Processing
  • Troubleshoot Policy Application

7. Managing User Desktop with Group Policy

  • Implement Administrative Templates
  • Configure Group Policy Preferences
  • Manage Software with GPSI

8. Managing Enterprise Security and Configuration with Group Policy Settings

  • Manage Group Membership by Using Group Policy Settings
  • Manage Security Settings
  • Auditing
  • Software Restriction Policy and AppLocker

9. Securing Administration

  • Delegate Administrative Permissions
  • Audit Active Directory Administration

10. Improving the Security of Authentication in an AD DS Domain

  • Configure Password and Lockout Policies
  • Audit Authentication
  • Configure Read-Only Domain Controllers

11. Configuring Domain Name System (DNS)

  • Install and Configure DNS Server in an AD DS Domain
  • Integration of AD DS, DNS, and Windows
  • Advanced DNS Configuration and Administration

12. Administering AD DS Domain Controllers

  • Domain Controller Installation Options
  • Install a Server Core DC
  • Manage Operations Masters
  • Configure DFS Replication of SYSVOL

13. Managing Sites and Active Directory Replication

  • Configure Sites and Subnets
  • Configure Replication

14. Directory Service Continuity

  • Monitor Active Directory
  • Manage the Active Directory Database
  • Active Directory Recycle Bin
  • Back Up and Restore AD DS and Domain Controllers

15. Managing Multiple Domains and Forests

  • Configure Domain and Forest Functional Levels
  • Manage Multiple Domains and Trust Relationships
  • Move Objects between Domains and Forests


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Classroom Live Labs

Lab 1: 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

Lab 2A: 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 2B: Find Objects in Active Directory

  • Using Saved Queries

Lab 2C: Use PowerShell to Administer Active Directory

Lab 3A: Create and Administer User Accounts

  • Create User Accounts
  • Administer User Accounts

Lab 3B: Configure User Object Attributes

  • Examine User Object Attributes
  • Manage User Object Attributes
  • Create Users from a Template

Lab 3C: Automate User Account Creation

  • Export and Import Users with CSVDE
  • Import Users with LDIFDE
  • Import Users by Using Windows PowerShell

Lab 3D: Create and Administer Managed Service Accounts

Lab 4A: Administer Groups

  • Implement Role-Based Management Using Groups

Lab 4B: Best Practices for Group Management

  • Implement Best Practices for Group Management

Lab 5A: Create Computers and Join the Domain

  • Join a Computer to the Domain with the Windows Interface
  • Securing Computer Joins
  • Managing Computer Account Creation

Lab 5B: Administer Computer Objects and Accounts

  • Administer Computer Objects Throughout Their Lifecycle
  • Administer and Troubleshoot Computer Accounts

Lab 5C: Configure an Offline Domain Join

Lab 6A: Implement Group Policy

  • Create, Edit, and Link GPOs
  • Use Filtering and Commenting

Lab 6B: Manage Group Policy Scope

  • Configure GPO Scope with Links
  • Configure GPO Scope with Filtering
  • Configure Loopback Processing

Lab 6C: Troubleshoot Policy Application

  • Perform RSoP Analysis
  • Using the Group Policy Results Wizard
  • View Policy Events

Lab 7A: Manage Administrative Templates and Central Store

Lab 7B: Manage Group Policy Preferences

  • Configure Group Policy Preferences
  • Verify the Application of the Group Policy Preferences

Lab 7C: Manage Software with GPSI

  • Deploy Software with GPSI
  • Upgrade Applications with GPSI

Lab 8A: Using Group Policy to Manage Group Membership

  • Configure the Membership of Administrators by Using Restricted Group Policies

Lab 8B: Manage Security Settings

  • Manage Local Security Settings
  • Create a Security Template
  • Use the Security Configuration Wizard

Lab 8C: Audit File System Access

  • Configure Permissions and Audit Settings
  • Configure Audit Policy
  • Examine Audit Events

Lab 8D: Configure Application Control Policies

Lab 9A: Delegate Administration

  • Delegate Permission to Create and Support User Accounts
  • View Delegated Permissions
  • Remove and Reset Permissions

Lab 9B: Audit Active Directory Changes

  • Audit Changes to Active Directory using Default Audit Policy
  • Audit Changes to Active Directory using Directory Service Changes Auditing

Lab 10A: Configure Password and Account Lockout Policies

  • Configure the Domain's Password and Lockout Policies
  • Configure Fine-Grained Password Policy

Lab 10B: Audit Authentication

Lab 10C: Configure Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs)

  • Install RODC
  • Configure Password Replication Policy
  • Manage Credential Caching

Lab 11A: Installing the DNS Service

  • Add the DNS Server Role
  • Configure Forward Lookup Zones and Resource Records

Lab 11B: Advanced Configuration of DNS

  • Enable Scavenging of DNS Zones
  • Create Reverse Lookup Zones
  • Explore Domain Controller Location
  • Configure Name Resolution for External Domains

Lab 12A: Install Domain Controllers

  • Create an Additional DC with the AD DS Installation Wizard
  • Add a Domain Controller from the Command Line
  • Remove a Domain Controller
  • Create a Domain Controller from Installation Media

Lab 12B: Install a Server Core DC

  • Perform Post-Installation Configuration on Server Core
  • Create a Domain Controller with Server Core

Lab 12C: Transfer Operations Master Roles

  • Identify Operations Masters
  • Transfer Roles

Lab 12D: Configure the Global Catalog and Universal Membership Caching

  • Configure a Global Catalog
  • Configure Universal Group Membership

Lab 12E: 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

Lab 13A: Configure Sites and Subnets

  • Configure the Default Site
  • Create Additional Sites

Lab 13B: Configure Replication

  • Create a Connection Object
  • Create Site Links
  • Move Domain Controllers into Sites
  • Designate a Preferred Bridgehead Server
  • Configure Intersite Replication

Lab 14A: Monitor Active Directory Events and Performance

  • Monitor AD DS with Performance Monitor
  • Work with Data Collector Sets

Lab 14B: Manage the Active Directory Database

  • Perform Database Maintenance
  • Work with Snapshots and Recovering a Deleted User

Lab 14C: Using Active Directory Recycle Bin

  • Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin
  • Restore Deleted Objects with Active Directory Recycle Bin

Lab 14D: Back Up and Restore Active Directory

  • Back up Active Directory
  • Restore Active Directory and a Deleted OU

Lab 15A: Administer a Trust Relationship

  • Configure Functional Levels and DNS
  • Create a Trust Relationship
  • Validate a Trust Relationship
  • Assign Permission to Trusted Identities
  • Implement Selective Authentication


  • Basic understanding of networking
  • Intermediate understanding of network operating systems
  • Basic knowledge of server hardware
  • Experience creating objects in Active Directory
  • Concepts of backup and recovery in a Windows Server environment

Who Should Attend

  • AD Technology Specialists
  • Server Administrators
  • Enterprise Administrators

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