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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)

Managing Users, Groups, and Devices

In the previous chapter, we learned about the main AD object types and how we can add, edit, and remove them. We also learned about the different management tools and technologies which help us to do these tasks. Last but not the least, we learned how we can locate AD objects or the value of an attribute when required, using different tools and techniques. This chapter is an extension to that and here we going to talk about objects and attributes further.

In this chapter, we are going to look into the following areas:

  • Object attributes
  • Different types of user accounts and their actions
  • Different types of groups and their actions
  • Different types of devices and other objects which can be managed via AD
  • Object management best practices