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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)

Managing Active Directory Computers

Computer objects in Active Directory represent actual devices. When you join a device to an Active Directory domain, it shows up in the database. From there, you can manage it using Active Directory and Group Policy. Joining a computer to the domain can be done in several ways and it's good to keep certain scenarios in the back of your head when working with computer objects, such as the integrity of the secure channel and the default ability for any Active Directory user to join devices to the domain.

The following recipes will be covered in the chapter:

  • Creating a computer
  • Deleting a computer
  • Joining a computer to the domain
  • Renaming a computer
  • Testing the secure channel for a computer
  • Resetting a computer's secure channel
  • Changing the default quota for creating computer objects