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MS-6425 - Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services

This five-day instructor-led course provides in-depth training on implementing, configuring, managing and troubleshooting Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 environments. It covers core AD DS concepts and functionality as well as implementing Group Policies, performing backup and restore and monitoring and troubleshooting Active Directory related issues. After completing this course students will be able to configure AD DS in their Windows Server 2008 and Windows server 2008 R2 environments.

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Before attending this course, students must have:
  • Basic understanding of networking
  • Intermediate understanding of network operating systems
  • An awareness of security best practices
  • Basic knowledge of server hardware
  • Some experience creating objects in Active Directory
  • Basic concepts of backup and recovery in a Windows Server environment
  • A good knowledge of Windows Client operating systems such as Windows Vista or Windows 7

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1: Introducing Active Directory Domain Services

Lesson 1: Overview of Active Directory, Identity, and Access
Lesson 2: Active Directory Components and Concepts
Lesson 3: Install Active Directory Domain Services

Module 2: Administering Active Directory Securely and Efficiently

Work with Active Directory Administration Tools
Custom Consoles and Least Privilege
Find Objects in Active Directory
Use Windows PowerShell to Administer Active Directory

Module 3: Managing Users and Service Accounts

Create and Administer User Accounts
Configure User Object Attributes
Automate User Account Creation
Create and Configure Managed Service Accounts

Module 4: Managing Groups

Overview of Groups
Administer Groups
Best Practices for Group Management

Module 5: Managing Computer Accounts

Create Computers and Join the Domain
Administer Computer Objects and Accounts
Perform an Offline Domain Join

Module 6: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure

Understand Group Policy
Implement GPOs
Deeper Look at Settings and GPOs
Group Policy Preferences
Manage Group Policy Scope
Group Policy Processing
Troubleshoot Policy Application

Module 7: Managing User Desktop with Group Policy

Implement Administrative Templates
Configure Group Policy Preferences 7-19
Manage Software with GPSI 7-29

Module 8: Managing Enterprise Security and Configuration with Group Policy Settings

: Manage Group Membership by Using Group Policy Settings 8-3
Manage Security Settings 8-14
: Auditing 8-36
Software Restriction Policy and AppLocker 8-50

Module 9: Securing Administration

Delegate Administrative Permissions
Audit Active Directory Administration

Module 10: Improving the Security of Authentication in an AD DS Domain

Configure Password and Lockout Policies
Audit Authentication
Configure Read-Only Domain Controllers

Module 11: Configuring Domain Name System

Install and Configure DNS in an AD DS Domain
Integration of AD DS, DNS, and Windows
Advanced DNS Configuration and Administration

Module 12: Administering AD DS Domain Controllers

Domain Controller Installation Options
Install a Server Core DC
Manage Operations Masters
Configure DFS-R Replication of SYSVOL

Module 13: Managing Sites and Active Directory

Configure Sites and Subnets
Configure Replication

Module 14: Directory Service Continuity

Monitor Active Directory
Manage the Active Directory Database
Active Directory Recycle Bin
Back Up and Restore AD DS and Domain Controllers

Module 15: Managing Multiple Domains and Forests

Configure Domain and Forest Functional Levels
Manage Multiple Domains and Trust Relationships
Move Objects between Domains and Forests