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5. Active Directory Administration

Chapter 5. Active Directory Administration

The day-to-day job of Active Directory administration involves such tasks as creating, configuring, maintaining, monitoring, and deleting user accounts, groups, computer accounts, and other directory objects. In addition, there are some tasks that need to be performed only infrequently or perhaps only once, such as creating a forest and its various domains; raising forest and domain functional levels; creating hierarchies of organizational units (OUs); delegating administrative control over OUs and the objects they contain, creating and configuring sites, site links and subjects; and so on.

This chapter demonstrates the capabilities of the two primary tools in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 that are used for administering Active Directory environments. One of these tools is the Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC), a GUI-based tool intended for tasks that need to be performed only occasionally, for the administration of smaller environments, and for use by administrators who are unfamiliar with command-line scripting. The other tool is the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell, which allows administrators of large environments, such as datacenters, to script Active Directory administration tasks for automation purposes.


  

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