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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)

Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS)

Back in 2007, Microsoft released its system center product suite. It had four main components:

  • Configuration manager: Allows organizations to manage device configuration centrally with software distribution
  • Operation manager: SCOM provides advanced monitoring for systems and applications
  • Orchestrator: Allows us to automate manual management tasks in the infrastructure using runbooks
  • Data protection manager: Allows us to back up and restore systems and data in the infrastructure

This solution was purely to manage on-premises infrastructure. But in today's infrastructures, workloads are moving in to the public cloud completely or partially. Therefore, Microsoft started bringing this on-premises infrastructure management to Azure Cloud to provide a unified solution for cloud-only and hybrid infrastructures. As an example, the Microsoft...