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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)

Who this book is for

Active Directory can be overwhelming, but the straightforward recipes in this cookbook break it down into easy-to-follow tasks, backed by substantial real-world experience and clear explanations of what's going on under the hood.

This cookbook offers essential recipes for day-to-day Active Directory and Azure AD administration for both novices in managing Active Directory and Azure AD, and seasoned administrators with several Active Directory migrations and consolidations under their belts.

Because today's identity in the world of Microsoft technologies is no longer about just on-premises Active Directory, this book also offers three chapters with recipes for Azure AD, as well as an entire chapter dedicated to Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS).

Whether you just need a hand, want to take out the guesswork, or have a read-up before messing it up, this book helps admins at each stage of their careers to make the right choices, check the right boxes, and automate the repeatable tasks that become tedious after some time.