Special Coverage: Windows Server 2008: What's New in Active Directory Domain Services Gil Kirkpatrick - March 2008 Windows Server 2008 introduces some substantial enhancements to Active Directory Domain Services. Take a close look at how read-only domain controllers and Windows Server Core improve security in your environment, how the new Server Manager and revamped backup simplify management, and how the new auditing tools help ensure compliance.
Windows Administration: A Guide to Active Directory Replication Laura E. Hunter - October 2007 Active Directory provides a great deal of flexibility for supporting a large or decentralized environment, but maintaining the integrity of your data can be challenging. Active Directory replication defines how updates are communicated throughout your environment and how conflicts are resolved. Here's what you need to know to meet the challenge.
Windows Server: Reanimating Active Directory Tombstone Objects Gil Kirkpatrick - September 2007 There are a few essential tricks and tools that should be included in every Active Directory disaster-recovery plan. Tombstone reanimation is one of these techniques, offering the only way to recover deleted objects without taking a domain controller off line. Here’s a guide to finding and recovering tombstones in Active Directory.
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Who Are You? The Microsoft Scripting Guys - August 2007 With Active Directory, users can have a variety of identities, such as givenName, displayName, userPrincipalName, or distinguishedName. As a system administrator, how do you get all this information about a user? With a script, of course.
Windows Administration: Disaster Recovery: Active Directory Users and Groups Gil Kirkpatrick - April 2007 Data recovery in Active Directory can be very complex, yet it’s essential that you have a recovery plan in order. We show you how Active Directory stores, deletes, restores, and replicates objects so you can be prepared the next time a user or group membership is accidentally deleted.
Inside Microsoft.com: Using Active Directory Federation Services Jim Guthrie - April 2007 Microsoft provides an extranet for its business partners, and this extranet requires that each external user have a unique domain account. Find out how Microsoft is planning to use Active Directory Federation Services to make a better user experience while streamlining the management involved.
Windows Administration: Delegating Authority in Active Directory Joel Yoker and Rob Campbell - February 2007 Implementing delegation in Active Directory can enhance security and simplify management tasks, and getting started is easier than you think. Here are some simple delegation models that will work in most IT infrastructures with little modification.
Windows Administration: Your Guide to Group Policy Troubleshooting Derek Melber - February 2007 Getting to the bottom of Group Policy issues can be a difficult process, but understanding how Group Policy works, and where problems can arise, makes things easier. This overview will help you troubleshoot Group Policy issues like a guru.
Windows Administration: Monitoring Active Directory with MOM John Hann - February 2007 Management packs for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 allow you to more effectively monitor your IT infrastructure. See how these five management packs can help you keep an eye on the health, security, and reliability of your Active Directory environment.
Managing Identity: Create Custom Directories with ADAM Brian Redmond - July 2006 Active Directory Application Mode, also known as ADAM, is often misunderstood. In this article I will demystify ADAM, explain how it can be a useful tool in many organizations, and show you some valuable utilities that make it easier to use.