There's no doubt Active Directory is one of the most talked about features of Windows 2000 but its complexity can present an exponential learning curve. In the style typical of this range of books, Active Directory for Dummies
aims to cut through the fog and offer a clear, step-by-step guide to this key feature of Microsoft's flagship.
The book targets a wide audience ranging from the merely curious right up to NT administrators looking at migrating to Windows 2000. The author starts with a gentle introduction to Active Directory explaining its purpose and structure and how trees and forests fit into the big picture. Without delay she whisks you on to planning and building your first structure where you'll see the close relationship between Active Directory and DNS, find out how to create a logical structure and measure available bandwidth using the trial software on the accompanying CD-ROM.
Migration tactics compare Windows NT and 2000 domains and the section on upgrade options also includes some useful hints on switching from Novell NDS, UNIX and even Banyan Vines. The tour's next destination is Managing Active Directory and the section on administering users is supported by plenty of screen shots.
The author's efforts to cut through the jargon do leave this book lacking in some areas and the technically aware would be better served with Alistair G Lowe-Norris's Windows 2000 Active Directory. However, the author's easy-going style and slightly irreverent approach will be appreciated by many, making this an ideal introduction to Active Directory.--Dave Mitchell
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Whether you're new to Active Directory (AD) or a savvy system administrator looking to brush up on your skills, "Active Directory for Dummies, 2nd Edition" will steer you in the right direction! Since its original release, Microsoft's implementation of the lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) for the Windows Server line of networking software has become one of the most popular directory service products in the world. If you are involved with the design and support of Microsoft directory services and/or solutions, you really need this book! You'll understand the basics of AD and utilize its structures to simplify your life and secure your digital environment. You'll discover how to exert fine-grained control over groups, assets, security, permissions, and policies on a Windows network and efficiently configure, manage, and update the network.You'll find new and updated material on security improvements, significant user interface changes, and updates to the AD scripting engine, password policies, accidental object deletion protection, and more.
You will learn how to: navigate the functions and structures of AD; understand business and technical requirements and determine goals; become familiar with physical components like site links, network services, and site topology; manage and monitor new features, AD replication, and schema management; maintain AD databases; and avoid common AD mistakes that can undermine network security. Complete with lists of the ten most important points about AD, and ten cool Web resources, and ten troubleshooting tips, "Active Directory For Dummies, 2nd Edition" is your one-stop guide to setting up, working with, and making the most of Active Directory.