Understand Active Directory Infrastructure

Practice Labs Module
Time
1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate

The "Understand Active Directory Infrastructure" 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: Creating and Managing Active Directory Domains, Installation of Replica Domain Controller, Configuring Active Directory Trusts in a...

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Overview

Introduction

The Understand Active Directory Infrastructure 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:

  • Creating and Managing Active Directory Domains
  • Installation of Replica Domain Controller
  • Configuring Active Directory Trusts in a Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain
  • Configuring Active Directory Sites
  • Managing FSMO Roles

Exercise 1 - Creating and Managing Active Directory Domains

In this module, you will learn the following using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2:

  • Create a forest root domain
  • Create domain controller
  • Understand operation masters roles
  • Trusts
  • Active Directory Sites
  • Active Directory Replication

Exercise 2 - Installation of Replica Domain Controller

Installing a replica domain controller in an existing domain enhances recoverability of Active Directory as the other domain controller has a copy of the database used for authentication of objects in the domain. Having another domain controller likewise divides the authentication workload between domain controllers in a Windows domain leading to some performance improvement.

In this exercise, you will deploy a new domain controller in an existing domain called PRACTICELABS.COM using the Active Directory installation wizard.

Exercise 3 - Configuring Active Directory Trusts in a Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain

A trust relationship is a logical link between two Active Directory domains that enables users in one domain to be authenticated by a domain controller in the other domain. This link allows sharing of network resources and applications between Windows domains.

In this exercise, you will create a trust relationship between PRACTICELABS.COM and PRACTICEIT.CO.UK domains which are forest root domains.

Exercise 4 - Configuring Active Directory Sites

An Active Directory site is a physical location hosting domain controllers connected in a high speed network of at least 10 Mbps. For large organisations, spanning geographical locations it is important that sites are configured, to provide timely authentication of users signing on to the AD domain.

Exercise 5 - Managing FSMO Roles

The first domain controller installed in a domain automatically holds the Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) role. This domain controller controls the addition and removal of AD domains, configuration and schema.

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