Concept of Active Directory itself is very interesting and complicated topic !!
After looking at today release of MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-640): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory (2nd Edition) I just remember my past project and thought of giving some information of AD and this release too.
Luckily my very first project in the TCS was contain entire concept of AD (Active Directory)
For who don’t know what is AD ? : AD is Box where each n every authentication and mapping of roles is done in an enterprise level
See below for the book’s contents and an excerpt from its introduction.
This training kit is designed for IT professionals who support or plan to support Microsoft
Active Directory (AD) on Windows Server 2008 R2 and who also plan to take the Microsoft
Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) 70-640 examination. It is assumed that you have
a solid foundation-level understanding of Microsoft Windows client and server operating
systems and common Internet technologies. The MCTS exam, and this book, assume that you
have at least one year of experience administering AD technologies.
The material covered in this training kit and on exam 70-640 builds on your understanding
and experience to help you implement AD technologies in distributed environments, which
can include complex network services and multiple locations and domain controllers.
The topics in this training kit cover what you need to know for the exam, as described on
the Skills Measured tab for the exam, which is available at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-640&locale=en-us#tab2.
By using this training kit, you will learn how to do the following:
■ Deploy Active Directory Domain Services, Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services, Active Directory Certificate Services, Active Directory Federation Services, and Active Directory Rights Management Services in a forest or domain.
■ Upgrade existing domain controllers, domains, and forests to Windows Server 2008 R2.
■ Efficiently administer and automate the administration of users, groups, and computers.
■ Manage the configuration and security of a domain by using Group Policy, fine-grained password policies, directory services auditing, and the Security Configuration Wizard.
■ Implement effective name resolution with the domain name system (DNS) on Windows Server 2008 R2.
■ Plan, configure, and support the replication of Active Directory data within and between sites.
■ Add, remove, maintain, and back up domain controllers.
■ Enable authentication between domains and forests.
■ Implement new capabilities and functionality offered by Windows Server 2008 R2.
Refer to the objective mapping page in the front of this book to see where in the book each exam objective is covered.
AD Concept has really boom in the recent world an on demand in any time.
I will post a lot of thing regarding Active Directory very soon!!