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Mastering Active Directory

By : Dishan Francis
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Mastering Active Directory

By: Dishan Francis

Overview of this book

Active Directory is a centralized and standardized system that automates networked management of user data, security, and distributed resources and enables interoperation with other directories. If you are aware of Active Directory basics and want to gain expertise in it, this book is perfect for you. We will quickly go through the architecture and fundamentals of Active Directory and then dive deep into the core components, such as forests, domains, sites, trust relationships, OU, objects, attributes, DNS, and replication. We will then move on to AD schemas, global catalogs, LDAP, RODC, RMS, certificate authorities, group policies, and security best practices, which will help you gain a better understanding of objects and components and how they can be used effectively. We will also cover AD Domain Services and Federation Services for Windows Server 2016 and all their new features. Last but not least, you will learn how to manage your identity infrastructure for a hybrid-cloud setup. All this will help you design, plan, deploy, manage operations on, and troubleshoot your enterprise identity infrastructure in a secure, effective manner. Furthermore, I will guide you through automating administrative tasks using PowerShell cmdlets. Toward the end of the book, we will cover best practices and troubleshooting techniques that can be used to improve security and performance in an identity infrastructure.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)

Integrate Azure AD with on-premises AD

Before we start with the integration process, we need to get the following ready:

  • Valid Azure subscription: You need to have a valid Azure subscription. It can be a pay-as-you-go subscription or a partner subscription, where you have credits applied. For testing purposes, you also can have a free Azure demo account with £150 credits. More info can found at
  • Global administrator account: In order to set up Azure AD, you need to log in to Azure with an account that has global administrator account privileges.
  • Access to domain DNS: As part of the Azure AD setup, we need to verify the domain name. This is done using a DNS record. Therefore, engineers need to have access to DNS servers. This is important if you using a public domain name (.com, .org, .net).
  • Enterprise administrator account...