Mastering Active Directory

Become a master at managing enterprise identity infrastructure by leveraging Active Directory

Mastering Active Directory

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Dishan Francis

Become a master at managing enterprise identity infrastructure by leveraging Active Directory
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ISBN 139781787289352
Paperback730 pages

Book Description

Active Directory is a centralized and standardized system that automates networked management of user data, security, and distributed resources and enables interoperation with other directories. If you are aware of Active Directory basics and want to gain expertise in it, this book is perfect for you.

We will quickly go through the architecture and fundamentals of Active Directory and then dive deep into the core components, such as forests, domains, sites, trust relationships, OU, objects, attributes, DNS, and replication. We will then move on to AD schemas, global catalogs, LDAP, RODC, RMS, certificate authorities, group policies, and security best practices, which will help you gain a better understanding of objects and components and how they can be used effectively. We will also cover AD Domain Services and Federation Services for Windows Server 2016 and all their new features. Last but not least, you will learn how to manage your identity infrastructure for a hybrid-cloud setup. All this will help you design, plan, deploy, manage operations on, and troubleshoot your enterprise identity infrastructure in a secure, effective manner.

Furthermore, I will guide you through automating administrative tasks using PowerShell cmdlets. Toward the end of the book, we will cover best practices and troubleshooting techniques that can be used to improve security and performance in an identity infrastructure.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Active Directory Fundamentals
Benefits of using Active Directory
Active Directory components
Active Directory objects
Active Directory server roles
Summary
Chapter 2: Active Directory Domain Services 2016
AD DS 2016 features
Privileged Access Management 
Time-based group memberships
Microsoft Passport
Active Directory Federation Services improvements 
Time sync improvements
Summary
Chapter 3: Designing Active Directory Infrastructure
What makes a good system? 
Gathering business data
Designing the forest structure
Designing the domain structure
Designing the OU structure
Designing the physical topology of Active Directory
Global catalog server placement
Summary 
Chapter 4: Active Directory Domain Name System
What is DNS?
Hierarchical naming structure 
How DNS works
DNS essentials
Summary 
Chapter 5: Placing Operations Master Roles
FSMO roles
FSMO roles placement
Moving FSMO roles
Seize FSMO roles
Summary
Chapter 6: Migrating to Active Directory 2016
Active Directory Domain Service installation prerequisites
Active Directory Domain Service deployment scenarios
How to plan Active Directory migrations 
Summary
Chapter 7: Managing Active Directory Objects
Tools and methods to manage objects
Creating, modifying, and removing objects in Active Directory
Finding objects in Active Directory 
Summary
Chapter 8: Managing Users, Groups, and Devices
Object attributes
User accounts
Groups
Devices and other objects
Best practices
Summary
Chapter 9: Designing the OU Structure
OUs in operations
OU design models
Managing the OU structure
Summary
Chapter 10: Managing Group Policies
Benefits of group policies
Group Policy capabilities
Group Policy objects
Group Policy processing
Group Policy inheritance
Group Policy conflicts
Group Policy mapping and status
Group Policy filtering
Group Policy preferences
Item-level targeting
Loopback processing
Group Policy best practices
Summary
Chapter 11: Active Directory Services
The AD LDS overview
The Active Directory replication
Active Directory sites and replication
Sites
Managing Active Directory sites and other components
How does replication work?
The read-only domain controllers
Active Directory database maintenance
Active Directory backup and recovery
Summary
Chapter 12: Active Directory Certificate Services
PKI in  action
Planning PKI
PKI deployment models
Setting up PKI
Summary
Chapter 13: Active Directory Federation Services
How does AD FS work?
AD FS components
AD FS deployment topologies
AD FS deployment
Integrating with Azure MFA
Summary
Chapter 14: Active Directory Rights Management Services
What is AD RMS?
 AD RMS components
How does AD RMS work?
AD RMS deployment
AD RMS configuration
Summary
Chapter 15: Active Directory Security Best Practices
Active Directory authentication
Delegating permissions
Fine-grained password policies
Pass-the-hash attacks
Just-in-time administration and just enough administration
Summary
Chapter 16: Advanced AD Management with PowerShell
AD management with PowerShell – preparation  
Chapter 17: Azure Active Directory Hybrid Setup
What is Azure AD?
Integrate Azure AD with on-premises AD
Step-by-step guide to integrate on-premises AD environment with Azure AD
Manage Azure AD Domain Services using virtual server
Summary
Chapter 18: Active Directory Audit and Monitoring
Auditing and monitoring Active Directory using inbuilt Windows tools and techniques
Active Directory audit
Demonstration
Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics
Demonstration
Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS)
Demonstration
Summary
Chapter 19: Active Directory Troubleshooting
How to troubleshoot AD DS replication issues
Troubleshooting replication issues
DFS replication issues
How to troubleshoot Group Policy issues
How to troubleshoot AD DS database-related issues
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Explore the new features in Active Directory Domain Service 2016
  • Automate AD tasks with PowerShell
  • Get to know the advanced functionalities of the schema
  • Learn about Flexible Single Master Operation (FSMO) roles and their placement
  • Install and migrate Active directory from older versions to Active Directory 2016
  • Manage Active Directory objects using different tools and techniques
  • Manage users, groups, and devices effectively
  • Design your OU structure in the best way
  • Audit and monitor Active Directory
  • Integrate Azure with Active Directory for a hybrid setup

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Active Directory Fundamentals
Benefits of using Active Directory
Active Directory components
Active Directory objects
Active Directory server roles
Summary
Chapter 2: Active Directory Domain Services 2016
AD DS 2016 features
Privileged Access Management 
Time-based group memberships
Microsoft Passport
Active Directory Federation Services improvements 
Time sync improvements
Summary
Chapter 3: Designing Active Directory Infrastructure
What makes a good system? 
Gathering business data
Designing the forest structure
Designing the domain structure
Designing the OU structure
Designing the physical topology of Active Directory
Global catalog server placement
Summary 
Chapter 4: Active Directory Domain Name System
What is DNS?
Hierarchical naming structure 
How DNS works
DNS essentials
Summary 
Chapter 5: Placing Operations Master Roles
FSMO roles
FSMO roles placement
Moving FSMO roles
Seize FSMO roles
Summary
Chapter 6: Migrating to Active Directory 2016
Active Directory Domain Service installation prerequisites
Active Directory Domain Service deployment scenarios
How to plan Active Directory migrations 
Summary
Chapter 7: Managing Active Directory Objects
Tools and methods to manage objects
Creating, modifying, and removing objects in Active Directory
Finding objects in Active Directory 
Summary
Chapter 8: Managing Users, Groups, and Devices
Object attributes
User accounts
Groups
Devices and other objects
Best practices
Summary
Chapter 9: Designing the OU Structure
OUs in operations
OU design models
Managing the OU structure
Summary
Chapter 10: Managing Group Policies
Benefits of group policies
Group Policy capabilities
Group Policy objects
Group Policy processing
Group Policy inheritance
Group Policy conflicts
Group Policy mapping and status
Group Policy filtering
Group Policy preferences
Item-level targeting
Loopback processing
Group Policy best practices
Summary
Chapter 11: Active Directory Services
The AD LDS overview
The Active Directory replication
Active Directory sites and replication
Sites
Managing Active Directory sites and other components
How does replication work?
The read-only domain controllers
Active Directory database maintenance
Active Directory backup and recovery
Summary
Chapter 12: Active Directory Certificate Services
PKI in  action
Planning PKI
PKI deployment models
Setting up PKI
Summary
Chapter 13: Active Directory Federation Services
How does AD FS work?
AD FS components
AD FS deployment topologies
AD FS deployment
Integrating with Azure MFA
Summary
Chapter 14: Active Directory Rights Management Services
What is AD RMS?
 AD RMS components
How does AD RMS work?
AD RMS deployment
AD RMS configuration
Summary
Chapter 15: Active Directory Security Best Practices
Active Directory authentication
Delegating permissions
Fine-grained password policies
Pass-the-hash attacks
Just-in-time administration and just enough administration
Summary
Chapter 16: Advanced AD Management with PowerShell
AD management with PowerShell – preparation  
Chapter 17: Azure Active Directory Hybrid Setup
What is Azure AD?
Integrate Azure AD with on-premises AD
Step-by-step guide to integrate on-premises AD environment with Azure AD
Manage Azure AD Domain Services using virtual server
Summary
Chapter 18: Active Directory Audit and Monitoring
Auditing and monitoring Active Directory using inbuilt Windows tools and techniques
Active Directory audit
Demonstration
Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics
Demonstration
Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS)
Demonstration
Summary
Chapter 19: Active Directory Troubleshooting
How to troubleshoot AD DS replication issues
Troubleshooting replication issues
DFS replication issues
How to troubleshoot Group Policy issues
How to troubleshoot AD DS database-related issues
Summary

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ISBN 139781787289352
Paperback730 pages
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