The Maintain Active Directory Part 2 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:
- Prepare Prerequisites for Metadata Cleanup
- Clean up Active Directory Metadata
- Create Active Directory Snapshots
- Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin
Lab Time: It will take approximately 1 hour to complete the exercises in this lab.
The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:
- Clean up metadata
- Configure Active Directory snapshots
- Perform object level recovery
- Configure and restore objects by using Active Directory Recycle Bin
Exercise 1 - Prepare Prerequisites for Metadata Cleanup
As the number of objects in the Active Directory Domain Service multiply, it may come to a point that some objects like domain controllers, servers that run applications may be decommissioned due to system upgrades like replacing old hardware.
Exercise 2 - Clean up Active Directory Metadata
In this exercise, you will perform a clean-up Active Directory metadata objects. A metadata clean-up is required to forcibly remove an object in a Windows domain following an unsuccessful removal of a domain controller using Add or remove roles and features. If a domain controller goes permanently offline and you have no plans of restoring the computer, metadata clean-up can be used to avoid Active Directory replication errors with a non-existent domain controller.
Exercise 3 - Create Active Directory Snapshots
In this exercise, you will create a snapshot of the current state of your Active Directory. This feature was first introduced in Windows Server 2008 and later versions. Snapshot takes a "picture" of the current state of Active Directory Domain Service and allows you to view AD database after making changes to it such as deleting a user object in the domain.
Exercise 4 - Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin
The Active Directory Recycle Bin is a feature in Active Directory Domain Services that provides the convenience of recovering deleted AD objects such as user, group which were unintentionally removed from the domain. In the earlier versions of Windows Server, enabling this feature requires using AD low level editor such as ldp.exe. In Windows Server 2016, turning on Active Directory Recycle Bin is easier as Active Directory Administrative Center provides a web link to enable this feature.
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