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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)


In this section, I am going to demonstrate how to install Microsoft ATA. In the demo environment:

  • Domain and forest functional levels are set to Windows Server 2016.
  • Only ATA Lightweight Gateway will be used. Every domain controller will have a gateway installed.
  • ATA Center and ATA Lightweight Gateways will be installed on Windows Server 2016 systems.

Installing ATA center

ATA center can be deployed using the following steps:

  1. Log in to the server as a domain and or enterprise administrator.
  2. Run Microsoft ATA center setup.exe.
  3. In the first window, select the relevant language and click on Next.
  4. Accept the license terms and click on Next to continue.
  5. Then it asks how we'd like to know about updates. It...