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To help you take full advantage of Active Directory, this fourth edition of this bestselling book gives you a thorough grounding in Microsoft's network directory service. With Active Directory, you'll learn how to design, manage, and maintain an AD infrastructure, whether it's for a small business network or a multinational enterprise with thousands of resources, services, and users. This detailed and highly accurate volume covers Active Directory from its origins in Windows 2000 through Windows Server 2008. But unlike typical dry references, Active Directory presents concepts in an easy-to-understand, narrative style. With this book, you will:

  • Get a complete review of all the new Windows 2008 features

  • Learn how Active Directory works with Exchange and PowerShell

  • Take advantage of the updated scripting and programming chapters to automate AD tasks

  • Learn how to be more efficient with command-line tools

  • Grasp concepts easily with the help of numerous screenshots and diagrams

Ideal for administrators, IT professionals, project managers, and programmers alike, Active Directory is not only for people getting started with AD, it's also for experienced users who need to stay up-to-date with the latest AD features in Windows Server 2008. It is no wonder this guide is the bestselling AD resource available.

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Average Rating: 4.571428571428571 out of 5 rating Based on 7 Ratings

"Five Stars All The Way!" - by Clive Nelson III on 13-MAR-2011
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I’ve recommended this book, Active Directory, Forth Edition, to just about all of my friends and colleagues in the Information Technology/Information Security fields because it’s that good!  In fact, I believe this book is a must-have for anyone charged with designing, implementing, and/or securing Active Directory.  

The authors do a fantastic job in presenting a very comprehensive view of Active Directory from the ground up.  Part one of this book treats you to the basics, or the ‘what’ and ‘why,’ of Active Directory.  There are full chapters on naming contexts, the schema, site topology and replication, DNS and how it integrates with Active Directory, Read-only Domain Controllers (new to AD 2008), group policies, and a wealth of foundational topics like FSMO roles, domains, trees, and forests, functional levels, etc.  

Moving on to part two (or section two) of the book, you'll get into the "how-tos" of Active Directory, covering various design topics including but not limited to name space, site topology and replication, disaster recovery and maintenance, group policy, and permissions and auditing.  And part three brings it all home with over 10 chapters related to automation, scripting, extending the schema, and MS Exchange.

There's no "fluff" in this book; it's packed with a tremendous amount of useful content, diagrams, and pictures, and the writing is very easy to follow. Five stars all the way!

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