Manage and Maintain Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016

Discover the slightly more complex tasks and tactics in managing and maintaining a production Active Directory atop Windows Server 2016.
Course info
Rating
(18)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
July 10, 2017
Duration
3h 53m
Table of contents
Introduction
25m 10s
Description
Course info
Rating
(18)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
July 10, 2017
Duration
3h 53m
Description

AD has been around since quite literally the last century, first released with Windows 2000 Server. In its nearly twenty years of service we've so far seen eight updates to its functions and features, aligned with each major OS version. Those eight updates in not-quite twenty years should give you some idea of its maturity, as well as the relative deceleration of what's new and exciting in terms of new capabilities. This course, Manage and Maintain Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016, focuses on the "slightly more advanced" topics, because much of what you'll see here isn't all that different from the same management and maintenance of Active Directory in recent versions. First, you'll take a look at the special tactics in managing service accounts and password policies. Next, you'll explore some of the maintenance activities where native Windows Server solutions exist. Finally, you'll finish up with an extended look at Active Directory in complex configurations, focusing on where and when it makes sense to expand past single domains, single forests, and single AD site configurations. By the end of this course, you'll be able to efficiently manage and maintain an Active Directory environment.

About the author
About the author

Greg Shields is an Author Evangelist at Pluralsight.

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Transcript
Transcript

Hey, this is Greg Shields and you've found my course in this learning path on Windows Server 2016 and the 70-742 MCSA exam. This course discusses the slightly more advanced topics in managing and maintaining Active Directory. I am Author Evangelist and a full-time author here at Pluralsight, and I've been working with Microsoft's Active Directory since the days before, well, there even really was an Active Directory.

AD is a solution that's been around since quite literally the last century, first released with Windows 200 Server. In it's nearly twenty years of service we've so far seen eight updates to its functions and features, aligned with each major OS version. Those eight updates in not-quite twenty years should give you some idea of it's maturity, as well as the relative deceleration of what's new and exciting in terms of new capabilities.

I refer to this course as focusing on the "slightly more advanced" topics, because much of what you'll see here isn't all that much different from the same management and maintenance of Active Directory in recent versions. Those tasks are by no means less important, but they are in many cases much the same as in OS versions gone past.

In this course, we'll take a look at the special tactics in managing service accounts and password policies, we'll poke through some of the maintenence activities where native Windows Server solutions exist, and we'll finish up with an extended look at Active Directory in complex configurations, focusing on where and when it makes sense to expand past single domains, single forests, and single AD site configurations.

If you've just been tasked with managing and maintaining an Active Directory environment atop Windows Server 2016, this course is your first stop in brushing up on those skills for success.

And then from here, you'll be ready to continue on the learning path as you create and manage Group Policy, implement AD certificate services, and implement identity federation. Let's get started.