Overview

Introduction

The Create and manage Active Directory Users and Computers module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Create AD Objects using automation tools
  • Bulk creation of AD objects
  • Offline Domain Join
  • Manage Inactive and Disabled Accounts

Exercise 1 - Create AD Objects using automation tools

In this exercise, you will perform the tasks required to create and manage Active Directory Users and Computers.

Exercise 2 - Bulk creation of AD objects

This task will take you through the completing procedure for automating the creation of AD objects.

Exercise 3 - Offline Domain Join

A typical process for joining a computer is when it is online. However, Windows Server 2012 offers a method using which you can join a computer to the domain when it is offline or not connected to the network. You can perform an offline domain join using Djoin.exe, which needs to be run on the following computers:

On a domain controller or a computer with access to the domain controller On the computer that needs to join the domain First, the command is run on the domain controller and generates a metadata file. Later, the metadata file needs to be copied to the system that needs to join the domain. Then, the command is run again.

Exercise 4 - Manage Inactive and Disabled Accounts

As an administrator, you would typically add, remove, or delete user account. However, there will be situations when you will disable a user account. In a situation when you have a large number of user accounts, you may have difficulty tracking the disabled accounts. One simple method is to move them to separate OU for the disabled accounts.

Disabling a user account is a simple process. You open Active Directory Users and Computers and then right-click on a user account to select the Disable option. You can also disable multiple user account by selecting these user accounts and then selecting the Disable option from the right-click menu. You can also use Windows PowerShell to enable or disable a user account.

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