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Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
Course 2279: 5 days; Instructor-led

This instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to successfully plan, implement, and troubleshoot a Microsoft Windows ServerT 2003 Active Directory® directory service infrastructure. The course focuses on a Windows Server 2003 directory service environment, including forest and domain structure, Domain Name System (DNS), site topology and replication, organizational unit structure and delegation of administration, Group Policy, and user, group, and computer account strategies.

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Course Objectives

After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the logical and physical components of Active Directory.
  • Create and configure a forest and domain structure by using an Active Directory infrastructure design.
  • Plan and implement an organizational unit structure.
  • Plan and implement Active Directory user, group, and computer accounts.
  • Plan and implement a Group Policy strategy to centrally manage users and computers in an enterprise.
  • Deploy, manage, and troubleshoot software that is deployed using Group Policy.
  • Implement sites to manage and monitor Active Directory replication.
  • Plan and implement the placement of domain controllers, global catalog servers, and DNS servers that are integrated with Active Directory.
  • Plan and manage operations masters.
  • Back up, restore, and maintain Active Directory.
  • Plan and implement an Active Directory infrastructure that is based on a directory service design that an enterprise architect provides

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Microsoft Certified Professional Exams

This course will help the student prepare for the following Microsoft Certified Professional exam:

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Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Successfully completed course 2278: Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure , or have equivalent knowledge.

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Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Active Directory Infrastructure

This module introduces students to the Active Directory infrastructure, its logical and physical structure, and its function as a directory service. The module also introduces the command-line utilities and scripts that you can use to examine the components of Active Directory and the Active Directory design, planning, and implementing process.

  • The Architecture of Active Directory
  • How Active Directory Works
  • Examining Active Directory
  • The Active Directory Design, Planning, and Implementation Processes
Module 2: Implementing an Active Directory Forest and Domain Structure

This module discusses Active Directory installation requirements, how to create a forest and domain structure by using the Active Directory Installation Wizard, and what post-installation tasks you must perform. It also explains how to configure DNS in an Active Directory environment, raise forest and domain functional levels, and create trust relationships.

  • Creating a Forest and Domain Structure
  • Examining and Configuring Active Directory Integrated DNS
  • Raising Forest and Domain Functional Levels
  • Creating Trust Relationships
  • Securing Trusts Using SID Filtering
Module 3: Implementing an Organizational Unit Structure

This module discusses the creation of organizational units, how to delegate common administrative tasks, how to customize the delegation of administrative tasks for an organizational unit, and plan the implementation of an organizational unit structure.

  • Managing Organizational Units
  • Delegating Administrative Control for Organizational Units
  • Planning an Organizational Unit Strategy
Module 4: Implementing User, Group, and Computer Accounts

This module explains how to plan and implement Active Directory user, group, and computer accounts. It also explains how to create multiple user and computer accounts by using command-line utilities such as CSVDE and LDIFDE, and how to manage accounts by using Windows Script Host. The module also explains how to implement User Principle Name (UPN) suffixes.

  • Introduction to Accounts
  • Creating and Managing Multiple Accounts
  • Implementing User Principal Name Suffixes
  • Moving Objects in Active Directory
  • Planning an Account Strategy
  • Planning an Active Directory Audit Strategy
Module 5: Implementing Group Policy

This module provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for planning and implementing a Group Policy strategy to centrally manage users and computers in an enterprise.

  • Creating and Configuring Group Policy objects (GPOs)
  • Configuring When Group Policy Is Applied
  • Managing GPOs
  • Verifying and Troubleshooting Group Policy
  • Delegating Administrative Control of Group Policy
  • Planning a Group Policy Strategy for the Enterprise
Module 6: Deploying and Managing Software by Using Group Policy

In this module, students learn how to deploy and manage software by using Group Policy. The module focuses on basic concepts of deploying, configuring, and maintaining software, troubleshooting deployed software, and planning software deployment.

  • Introduction to Managing Software Deployment
  • Deploying Software
  • Configuring Software Deployment
  • Maintaining Deployed Software
  • Troubleshooting Software Deployment
  • Planning a Software Deployment Strategy
Module 7: Implementing Sites to Manage Active Directory Replication

This module explains how to implement sites to manage and monitor replication in Active Directory. The module presents basic concepts of replication and sites in Active Directory, specifically: creating, configuring, and managing sites; monitoring and troubleshooting replication failures; and planning a site strategy.

  • Introduction to Active Directory Replication
  • Creating and Configuring Sites
  • Managing Site Topology
  • Troubleshooting Replication Failures
  • Planning a Site
Module 8: Implementing Placement of Domain Controllers

This module introduces students to the placement of domain controllers. It focuses on the placement and planning of domain controllers, including global catalog servers, and DNS servers that are integrated with Active Directory. The module also discusses guidelines for caching universal group membership for a site.

  • Implementing the Global Catalog in Active Directory
  • Determining the Placement of Domain Controllers in Active Directory
  • Planning the Placement of Domain Controllers
Module 9: Managing Operations Masters

This module introduces students to managing operations masters in Active Directory. It explains the purpose of each of the five types of operations masters, how to transfer and seize operations master roles, and how to plan a strategy for placing operations masters.

  • Introduction to Operation Master Roles
  • Transferring and Seizing Operations Master Roles
  • Planning the Placement of Operations Masters
Module 10: Maintaining Active Directory Availability

This module explains basic concepts about maintaining Active Directory availability, including how to defragment, move, back up, restore, and monitor an Active Directory database.

  • Introduction to Maintaining Active Directory
  • Moving and Defragmenting the Active Directory Database
  • Backing Up Active Directory
  • Restoring Active Directory
  • Planning for Monitoring Active Directory
Module 11: Planning and Implementing an Active Directory Infrastructure

This module provides students with the skills to plan and implement an Active Directory service infrastructure based on the business requirements of a fictitious organization.

  • Creating the Active Directory Implementation Plan for Tailspin Toys
  • Implementing the Active Directory Infrastructure for Tailspin Toys


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