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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)

Working with group Managed Service Accounts

This recipe shows how to work with group Managed Service Accounts (gMSAs).

Getting ready

To create gMSAs, the Active Directory domain needs to have at least one domain controller running Windows Server 2012 or a newer version of Windows Server.

gMSAs can only be used to run services on domain-joined hosts running Windows Server 2012, or newer versions of Windows Server, or Windows 8, or newer versions of Windows. For the automatic password and Service Principal Name (SPN) management, the domain needs to run at least the Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Functional Level (DFL).

As gMSAs depend on the Key Distribution Service on domain controllers, prepare the forest by running the following...