Microsoft 6425 – Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services

In this course you will learn advanced concepts and best practices of Active Directory as well as the roles of Active Directory available in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Who needs to attend

Who needs to attend?
This course is aimed at AD technology specialists, server administrators and enterprise administrators.

what you will learn

What you will learn

Upon completion you will know how to:

  • Perform secure and efficient administration of Active Directory
  • Implement a Group Policy infrastructure
  • Improve the security of authentication in an AD DS Domain
  • Monitor, maintain, and back up Directory Services to ensure continuity.


Students need to have:

  • Basic understanding of networking
  • Intermediate understanding of network operating systems
  • Basic knowledge of server hardware
  • Experience creating objects in Active Directory
  • Concepts of backup and recovery in a Windows Server environment.
Course outline

Course Outline

Module 1: Introducing Active Directory Domain Services
This module provides an overview of Active Directory components and concepts and steps through the basics of installing and configuring an Active Directory domain.

Module 2: Administering Active Directory Securely and Efficiently
This module explains how to work securely and efficiently in Active Directory using Administration Tools and some best practices as well as use of Windows PowerShell.

Module 3: Managing Users and Service Accounts
This module explains how to create, manage and support user and Managed Service Accounts in Active Directory.

Module 4: Managing Groups
This module explains how to create, modify, delete, and support group objects in Active Directory.

Module 5: Managing Computer Accounts
This module explains how to create and configure computer accounts.

Module 6: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure
This module explains what Group Policy is, how it works, and how best to implement Group Policy in your organization.

Module 7: Managing User Desktop with Group Policy
This module explains how to manage and configure desktop environments using Administrative templates and Group Policy Preferences as well as how to deploy software using Group Policy.

Module 8: Managing Enterprise Security and Configuration with Group Policy Settings
This module explains how to use Group Policy to manage a variety of components and features of Windows. It will also explain how to audit files and folders and how to restrict access to applications using application control policies.

Module 9: Securing Administration
This module explains how to administer Active Directory Domain Services Securely.

Module 10: Improving the Security of Authentication in an AD DS Domain
This module explains the domain-side components of authentication, including the policies that specify password requirements and the auditing of authentication-related activities.

Module 11: Configuring Domain Name System
This module explains how to implement DNS to support name resolution both within your AD DS domain and outside your domain and your intranet.

Module 12: Administering AD DS Domain Controllers
This module explains how to add Windows Server 2008 domain controllers to a forest or domain, how to prepare a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 forest or domain for its first Windows Server 2008 DC, how to manage the roles performed by DCs, and how to migrate the replication of SYSVOL from the File Replication Service (FRS) used in previous versions of Windows to the Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R) mechanism that provides more robust and manageable replication.

Module 13: Managing Sites and Active Directory Replication
This module explains how to create a distributed directory service that supports domain controllers in portions of your network that are separated by expensive, slow, or unreliable links and how to configure replication amongst those servers.

Module 14: Directory Service Continuity
This module explains about the technologies and tools that are available to help ensure the health and longevity of the directory service. You will explore tools that help you monitor performance in real time, and you will learn to log performance over time so that you can keep an eye on performance trends in order to spot potential problems.

Module 15: Managing Multiple Domains and Forests
This module explains how to raise the domain and forest functionality levels within your environment, how to design the optimal AD DS infrastructure for your enterprise, how to migrate objects between domains and forests, and how to enable authentication and resources access across multiple domains and forests.

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