Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Design and Implementation: Creating, Migrating, and Merging Networks

Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Design and Implementation: Creating, Migrating, and Merging Networks
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Understand the principles of Active Directory design

  • Create new networks or evolve existing Active Directory installations
  • Create the best Active Directory design for a broad range of business environments
  • Implement your Active Directory designs
  • Migrate and merge Active Directory structures

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 372 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : January 2005
ISBN : 1904811086
ISBN 13 : 9781904811084
Author(s) : John Savill
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Microsoft Servers, Enterprise, Microsoft, Networking & Telephony

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Importance of a Domain
Chapter 2: The Small Accountancy Firm
Chapter 3: Step-By-Step Migration
Chapter 4: The Regional Legal Firm
Chapter 5: The Retail-Based Company
Chapter 6: The International Financial Company
  • Chapter 1: The Importance of a Domain
    • In the Beginning
      • Who's SAM?
      • Domain Controllers
      • Joining a Domain
      • What do I Need the Active Directory For?
      • Trust Relationships
      • Domain Models
        • Single Domain Model
        • Single Master Domain Model
        • Multiple Master Domain Model
        • Complete Trust Model
    • The Main Event�Active Directory
      • The Directory Service Implementation
      • The Blueprint of the Active Directory
      • Creating a Domain Controller
      • Domain Controller Farm
      • Kerberos
      • Domains
      • Trees
      • Forests
      • Organizational Units
      • Sites
      • FSMO Roles
      • Global Catalog
      • Domain and Forest Modes
      • Group Policy
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: The Small Accountancy Firm
    • What Have We Here?
      • Domains and Their Controllers
      • Other Services
      • Sites
      • Policy Requirements
      • Administration
    • The Big Design
      • Migrate or In-Place?
      • What's in a Name?
      • Domain Requirements
      • Forest and Tree Requirements
      • Number of Domain Controllers, FSMO Role Placement, and Global Catalog Placement
      • Organizational Unit Requirements
        • Geography as a Basis
        • Business Area as a Basis
        • Object Type as a Basis
        • The Real World
    • The Other Services
      • DNS
      • WINS
      • DHCP
      • The Domain/Forest Mode
    • The Final Server Picture
      • The Clients
      • Do as I Say, Not as I Do (Policies)
      • Other Services
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Step-By-Step Migration
    • Preparing for the Upgrade
    • Performing the Upgrade
      • Ensure the Current PDC Is Patched
      • Installing Your New PDC
      • Post-Upgrade Steps
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: The Regional Legal Firm
    • What Have We Here?
      • The Main Objects
      • The Physical Structure
      • Other Services
        • DNS
        • WINS
        • DHCP
    • The New Infrastructure Design
      • New Domain Structure
      • The Name
      • Sites
      • Domain Controller Placement
      • Service Placement
      • OU Design
      • The Upgrade Path
    • Performing the Upgrade
      • Preparing the New Domain
      • Raise Domain and Forest Level
      • Create Subnets and Sites
        • Create OU Structure
      • Add Additional Domain Controllers in Sites as Required
      • Move FSMO Roles and GC Assignment
      • Ensure Policies (Group Policy) Configured
      • Migrate the Resources
    • Post Migration Tasks
  • Chapter 5: The Retail-Based Company
    • Discovery
      • Domain, Forest, and Trust Discovery
        • Types of Trusts
      • Sites, Subnets, and Site Links
      • Domain Controller Placement, FSMO, and GC Structure
        • Identify FSMO Role Holders
        • Identify Global Catalogs in the Forest
        • Final Current View
        • DNS Infrastructure
        • Active Directory Usage and Enhancements
        • Objects in Domains
        • Discovery Management
    • Design
      • Site Links
      • Exchange 2000 Schema "Feature"
      • The London and Stores Requirements
      • Domain Controller Placement
      • DNS
    • Upgrade
      • Practice Makes Perfect
      • Performing the Upgrade
    • Post-Upgrade Tasks
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: The International Financial Company
    • Discovery
    • Task 1: Enable Authentication Between the Two Companies
      • Trust Options
      • DNS Configuration
      • Creating the Forest Root Trust
      • UPN
    • Task 2: Rename and Move the Domestic Domain
    • Task 3: Improve Branch Office Resource Access
      • The Domain
      • The Sites
      • Placing the Domain Controllers
      • Redundant Replication Connection Objects and Load Balancing
      • DNS
    • Additional Information
      • Additional Account Information
      • The Group Policy Management Console
      • Modifying the Default Container for Users and Computers
      • Moving Objects Between Domains in a Forest
      • Performing an Offline Defragmentation of the Active Directory Database
      • Importance of Backing Up the Active Directory
    • Conclusion

John Savill

John Savill has been using Windows NT for eleven years since initially stumbling on it by accident while working as a VMS Systems Administrator; the hung system would not reboot when he pressed Ctrl+Alt+Del, instead it just displayed a weird dialog box, his first encounter with an NT server. After learning about NT from numerous sources including the newsgroups he started where he placed answers to questions he saw again and again. From there he started writing articles and books on Windows NT such as the Windows NT and 2000 Answer Book which gained John the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional status. He became part of the Windows NT 5 beta team; which saw the introduction of the Active Directory. This product initially terrified him since everything he knew about domains was now redundant, and he had to start from scratch again. Once he started to investigate this new technology he came to appreciate that the effort was well worth it, there was more power available, and he looked forward to wowing customers with the new features he could implement! John has had the honor to consult as a technical architect at many of the largest institutions in the world, such as Deutsche Bank, Bank of England, Citibank, and Bank of Ireland to name but a few.

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What you will learn from this book

In Detail

A well thought-out Active Directory provides a solid foundation for other services which will lower support costs and allow companies to centrally manage their environment. You should look at the Active Directory as your first step in moving to a centrally managed, highly integrated IT environment that supports efficient and effective delivery of business capabilities. Once the appropriate technical infrastructure is in place, it is vital to leverage that infrastructure to create an enterprise-class application infrastructure.

If you are creating a new Active Directory network, or are migrating or merging existing installations, this is the book for you.

While the basics of the Active Directory are straightforward, to get the most from it requires careful planning and a thorough understanding of what can be accomplished. For any environment there are a number of core stages in the Active Directory implementation; the 3 Ds: discovery, design, and deployment. In this unique book, we take a broad range of environment types and work through these stages; suggesting an Active Directory design specific to that environment, and how to implement it; at each stage providing clear instructions so the decisions are clearly understood and the best-practice principles will be maintained throughout your system lifetime. There are many books on using, administering, or even deploying Active Directory, but this is the only book that exists to relate the crucial design aspects to your target environment, and show you to implement this design.

This book covers discovery, design and deployment stages of Active Directory implementation in the following scenarios:

  • A small, single location company with fairly basic needs and a basic Windows NT 4.0 domain
  • A larger company with multiple regional areas which are currently facilitated by multiple NT 4.0 domains
  • A retail-type business with very different drivers and requirements from that of a standard business, based on Windows 2000 Active Directory
  • Merging and restructuring the Active Directory infrastructure of two financial institutions


Written by an experienced Active Directory designer and implementor, this book walks you through the concepts of the Active Directory, and the Active Directory design issues associated with various business environments, outlining strategies, principles and best-practice for creating the design, before leading you through the implementation step-by-step.

Visit the Free Online Edition for Active Directory and learn more about the book, you can read through a full chapter, "The Importance of a Domain," and discover what each chapter from this book has in store.


Who this book is for

This book is for Windows network administrators, analysts, or architects,  with a grasp of the basic operations of Active Directory, and are looking for a book that goes beyond rudimentary operations. However, all of the concepts are explained from the ground up, and the book can be read by network design and administration professionals with no prior Active Directory knowledge.

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