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Active Directory Administration Cookbook

By : Sander Berkouwer
Book Image

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)

Managing the DSRM passwords on domain controllers

This recipe shows how to manage the password to sign in to domain controllers when the Active Directory Domain Services service is not running.

Getting ready

To make a backup of a domain controller, sign into a domain controller with a user account that is a member of the Domain Admins group, the Backup Operators group, or the Server Operators group.

For the scenario where the DSRM Administrator password is automatically synchronized with an account in Active Directory, create a disabled user account with a strong password. Document the password in a password vault. Additionally, make sure all domain controllers run Windows Server 2008, or newer versions of Windows Server.