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William’s Active Directory Administrator’s Pocket Consultant is available now (ISBN = 9780735626485; 400 pages). Discover how to plan, implement, and manage an Active Directory infrastructure in Windows Server 2008, including how to install domain controllers, configure Active Directory sites, and create organizational units.
To give you a better sense of the book, here’s its Introduction:
Active Directory Administrator’s Pocket Consultant is designed to be a concise
and compulsively usable resource for Windows administrators. This is the
readable resource guide you’ll want on your desk or in your pocket at all times. The
book discusses everything you need to perform the core administrative tasks for
Active Directory. Because the focus is on providing you with the maximum value in
a pocket-sized guide, you don’t have to wade through hundreds of pages of extraneous
information to find what you’re looking for. Instead, you’ll find exactly what
you need to get the job done.
In short, the book is designed to be the one resource you consult whenever
you have questions regarding Active Directory administration. To this end, the
book concentrates on daily administration procedures, frequently performed
tasks, documented examples, and options that are representative but not necessarily
inclusive. One of the goals is to keep the content so concise that the book
remains compact and easy to navigate while ensuring that the book is packed with
as much information as possible—making it a valuable resource. Thus, instead of
a hefty thousand-page tome or a lightweight hundred-page quick reference, you
get a valuable resource guide that can help you efficiently perform common tasks,
solve problems, and implement such advanced administration areas as establishing
cross-forest trusts, optimizing intersite replication, changing domain design, and
Who Is This Book For?
Active Directory Administrator’s Pocket Consultant covers Active Directory for small,
medium, and large organizations. The book is designed for:
· Current Windows and network administrators
· Support staff who maintain Windows networks
· Accomplished users who have some administrator responsibilities
· Administrators transferring from other platforms
To pack in as much information as possible, I had to assume that you have basic
networking skills and a basic understanding of Windows, and that Windows is
already installed on your systems. With this in mind, I don’t devote entire chapters
to understanding Windows architecture, installing Windows, or Windows networking.
I do, however, provide complete details on the components of Active Directory
networks and how you can use these components. I cover installing domain controllers,
configuring Active Directory sites, and much more.
I also assume that you are fairly familiar with Windows commands and procedures
as well as the Windows user interface. If you need help learning Windows
basics, you should read the Windows documentation.
How Is This Book Organized?
Active Directory Administrator’s Pocket Consultant is designed to be used in the daily
administration of Active Directory, and as such, the book is organized by job-related
tasks rather than by features. Speed and ease of reference are essential parts of
this hands-on guide. The book has an expanded table of contents and an extensive
index for finding answers to problems quickly. Many other quick-reference features
have been added as well. These features include quick step-by-step instructions,
lists, tables with fast facts, and extensive cross-references. The book is organized
into both parts and chapters.
Active Directory is an extensible directory service that enables you to manage
network resources efficiently. Part I, “Implementing Active Directory,” reviews the
fundamental tasks you need for Active Directory administration. Chapter 1 provides
an overview of tools, techniques, and concepts related to Active Directory.
Chapter 2 discusses installing forests, domain trees, and child domains. Updates to
Active Directory for Windows Server 2008 Release 2 (R2) are discussed in Chapter 1
and Chapter 2 as well. Chapter 3 details techniques for deploying writable domain
controllers and the tasks you’ll need to perform to set up domain controllers. Chapter 4
covers the deployment of read-only domain controllers. Together, these chapters
provide the detailed information you need to configure domains and forests,
whether you are deploying Active Directory Domain Services for the first time or
extending your existing infrastructure.
Part II, “Managing Active Directory Infrastructure,” discusses the core tools and
techniques you’ll use to manage Active Directory. In addition to their standard roles,
domain controllers can also act as global catalog servers and operations masters.
Chapter 5 explores techniques for configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting
global catalog servers. Chapter 6 examines how you manage operations masters.
Chapter 7 describes your work with Active Directory sites, subnets, and replication.
You’ll learn the essentials for creating sites and associating subnets with sites. You’ll
also learn advanced techniques for managing site links and replication.
Part III, “Maintaining and Recovering Active Directory,” discusses the administrative
tasks you’ll use to maintain Active Directory. Chapter 8 describes how to
manage trusts and authentication. You’ll learn how Active Directory authentication
works within domains, across domain boundaries, and across forest boundaries.
You’ll also learn how trusts are used and established. Chapter 9 provides techniques
you can use to maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot Active Directory infrastructure.
In addition to learning techniques for backing up and recovering Active Directory,
you’ll also learn how to perform essential maintenance tasks and how to configure
related options and services, including Windows Time service.
Finally, Appendix A provides a quick reference for command-line utilities you’ll
use when working with Active Directory.
Conventions Used in This Book
I’ve used a variety of elements to help keep the text clear and easy to follow. You’ll
find code terms and listings in monospace type, except when I tell you to actually
type a command. In that case, the command appears in bold type. When I
introduce and define a new term, I put it in italics.
Other conventions include:
· Notes To provide details on a point that needs emphasis
· Best Practices To examine the best technique to use when working with
advanced configuration and administration concepts
· Cautions To warn you of potential problems you should look out for
· Real World To provide real-world advice for advanced topics
· Security Alerts To point out important security issues
· Tips To offer helpful hints or additional information
I truly hope you find that Active Directory Administrator’s Pocket Consultant
provides everything you need to perform essential Active Directory administrative
tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible. You’re welcome to send your thoughts to
me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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