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Active Directory Administration Cookbook

By : Sander Berkouwer
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Active Directory Administration Cookbook

By: Sander Berkouwer

Overview of this book

Active Directory is an administration system for Windows administrators to automate network, security and access management tasks in the Windows infrastructure. This book starts off with a detailed focus on forests, domains, trusts, schemas and partitions. Next, you'll learn how to manage domain controllers, organizational units and the default containers. Going forward, you'll explore managing Active Directory sites as well as identifying and solving replication problems. The next set of chapters covers the different components of Active Directory and discusses the management of users, groups and computers. You'll also work through recipes that help you manage your Active Directory domains, manage user and group objects and computer accounts, expiring group memberships and group Managed Service Accounts (gMSAs) with PowerShell. You'll understand how to work with Group Policy and how to get the most out of it. The last set of chapters covers federation, security and monitoring. You will also learn about Azure Active Directory and how to integrate on-premises Active Directory with Azure AD. You'll discover how Azure AD Connect synchronization works, which will help you manage Azure AD. By the end of the book, you have learned about Active Directory and Azure AD in detail.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Securing Active Directory

From a business perspective, Active Directory needs to be an available, confidential attribute store with absolute integrity. The security measures in this chapter detail how to achieve a higher level of confidentiality and integrity.

The following recipes will be covered in this chapter:

  • Applying fine-grained password and account lockout policies
  • Backing up and restoring GPOs
  • Backing up and restoring the Active Directory database
  • Working with Active Directory snapshots
  • Managing the DSRM passwords on domain controllers
  • Implementing LAPS
  • Managing deleted objects
  • Working with group Managed Service Accounts
  • Configuring the advanced security audit policy
  • Resetting the KRBTGT secret
  • Using SCW to secure domain controllers
  • Leveraging the Protected Users group
  • Putting authentication policies and authentication policy silos to good use
  • Configuring Extranet Smart...