Fundamentals of Active Directory (55152A)
About This Course
This one-day instructor-led class is intended for IT professionals and IT managers who work with Active Directory or supervise IT professionals that work with Active Directory. Additionally, IT professionals that work with products that integrate with Active Directory such as Exchange can also benefit. In this course, students learn how and why Active Directory was developed by Microsoft, the fundamental architecture, basic design, management, as well as security and fundamentals for cloud integration with services like Azure.
This course is intended for both novice and experienced IT professionals, Network Administrators new to Active Directory, Help Desk Personnel, Network Support Personal, Desktop Support Personal, Managers that oversee IT personnel, Developers that create products that interact with Active Directory and Exchange Administrators.
At Course Completion
- Understand the industry standards used in Active Directory and their importance.
- Recognize the functionality of Domain Controllers and Active Directory Replication mechanisms.
- Understand Forest, Domain and OU structure.
- Recognize and understand the role of Active Directory Sites.
- Skills needed to determine Domain Controller Server versions, Forest and Domain Functional levels.
- Describe authentication Mechanisms in Active Directory NTLM and Kerberos.
- Optimize and maintain Group Policy Objects (GPO) used in Active Directory.
- Understand the functioning of Active Directory Partitions and the Global Catalog.
- Fundamental understanding of using Active Directory with Cloud Services like Federation Services and Azure.
Module 1: Principles of Active Directory
This module lays the fundamental groundwork for understanding all major principles of active directory from management and design to integrating with other forests and the cloud. All of the foundational terminology and standards used in Active Directory are clearly defined and explained.
- Development of Active Directory
- What is X.500
- Active Directory Architecture
- NTLM and Kerberos
- Managing operating systems with GPOs, Workplace Join and InTune
- Active Directory Groups: Domain Local, Global and Universal
- Using and Managing Active Directory Domain Controllers
- Forest and Domain Functional Levels
- Introduction to Active Directory Partitions and the Global Catalog
- Basic Forest Structure and Design
- Basic Domain Structure and Design
- Basic OU Structure and Design
Module 2: Fundamentals of WAN management with Active Directory
This module explains how to use the wide area networking features of Active Directory such as Active Directory Sites and Site Link Objects to control and manage replication, login traffic and site aware applications.
- Understanding AD Sites and WAN Traffic Management
- Basic AD Sites and Logon Traffic
- Introduction to AD Sites and Replication Traffic
- Bridgehead Servers and Site Link Objects
- Site Aware Applications
Module 3: Introduction to Active Directory Group Policy Objects
This module explains Active Directory Group Policy, how it functions, how it is used and the fundamental features and limitations. Students will understand all major features of GPOs and how they can be effectively implemented to avoid common issues.
- Introduction to Group Policy
- Administrative Templates
- Fundamental Concepts of GPO Scripts
- Introduction to Creating and Using GPOs
- Principles of Managing Multiple GPOs
- Block, Enforce and Inheritance
- GPOs and Active Directory Versions
- Introduction to Controlling and Installing Software with GPOs, SRP and App Locker
Module 4: Principles of Active Directory Integration
This module explains how Active Directory can be integrated and used with other Active Directory Forests, X.500 Realms, LDAP services and Cloud services.
- Active Directory and “The Cloud”
- User Principle Names, Authentication and Active Directory Federated Services
- Conclusion, Additional Resources, Labs and Exercises