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Active Directory Administration Module       System Engineering


In this course, student will learn how to better manage and protect data access and information, simplify deployment and management of your identity infrastructure, and provide more secure access to data. You will learn how to configure some of the key features in Active Directory such as Active Directory Domain Services(AD DS), Group Policy, Dynamic Access Control (DAC), Work Folders, Work Place Join, Certificate Services, and Rights Management Services (RMS).

Course Content

1. Introduction to Active Directory

  • 1.1 Overview of Directory Services

    • Definition and Purpose of Directory Services

    • Role of Active Directory in Enterprise Environments

    • Importance of Directory Services in Network Management

  • 1.2 Evolution of Active Directory

    • Windows NT Domains vs. Active Directory

    • Historical Development and Versions of Active Directory

    • Key Features and Improvements over the Years

  • 1.3 Active Directory Components

    • Understanding Forests, Domains, and Trees

    • Organizational Units (OUs) and their Role

    • Global Catalog and Schema

2. Active Directory Installation and Configuration

  • 2.1 Preparing for Installation

    • Hardware and Software Requirements

    • DNS Considerations and Best Practices

  • 2.2 Installing Active Directory

    • Using the Active Directory Domain Services Installation Wizard

    • Promoting a Server to a Domain Controller

    • Configuring Additional Domain Controller Options

  • 2.3 Configuring Forests and Domains

    • Creating and Configuring Forests and Domains

    • Understanding Domain Functional Levels

    • Considerations for Upgrading Domain Functional Levels

3. Managing Users and Groups

  • 3.1 Creating and Managing User Accounts

    • User Account Properties and Attributes

    • User Lifecycle Management

    • Best Practices for User Account Administration

  • 3.2 Group Management

    • Security and Distribution Groups

    • Creating and Managing Groups

    • Group Nesting and Group Scope

  • 3.3 Delegating Administration

    • Delegating Control in Active Directory

    • Customizing Administrative Roles

    • Best Practices for Delegation

4. Organizational Units (OUs) and Group Policy

  • 4.1 Understanding Organizational Units (OUs)

    • Purpose and Benefits of OUs

    • Designing an OU Hierarchy

    • Strategies for Organizing Objects in OUs

  • 4.2 Group Policy Overview

    • Introduction to Group Policy Objects (GPOs)

    • Applying GPOs to OUs, Domains, and Sites

    • Troubleshooting Group Policy Application

5. Active Directory Security

  • 5.1 Securing Domain Controllers

    • Physical Security Considerations

    • Configuring DC Security Settings

    • Best Practices for Securing Domain Controllers

  • 5.2 Authentication and Authorization

    • Kerberos Authentication Process

    • Configuring Access Control through Permissions

    • Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

  • 5.3 Auditing and Monitoring

    • Enabling and Configuring Auditing

    • Monitoring Tools (Event Viewer, Performance Monitor)

    • Responding to Security Incidents

6. Active Directory Replication

  • 6.1 Understanding Replication

    • Replication Topology

    • Inter-Site and Intra-Site Replication

    • Troubleshooting Replication Issues

  • 6.2 Disaster Recovery Planning

    • Backup Strategies for Active Directory

    • Authoritative and Non-Authoritative Restores

    • Documenting and Testing Recovery Procedures

7. Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)

  • 7.1 Introduction to ADFS

    • Single Sign-On (SSO) Concepts

    • ADFS Components and Roles

    • Implementing Federated Identity Management

  • 7.2 Implementing ADFS

    • Configuring Trust Relationships

    • Integrating ADFS with Web Applications

    • Troubleshooting ADFS Issues

8. Active Directory in Cloud Environments

  • 8.1 Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)

    • Integration with On-Premises AD

    • Azure AD Features and Benefits

  • 8.2 Hybrid Identity Solutions

    • Azure AD Connect

    • Managing Identities in a Hybrid Environment

    • Best Practices for Hybrid Deployments

9. Advanced Topics

  • 9.1 Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS)

    • Introduction and Use Cases

    • Configuration and Management

  • 9.2 Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS)

    • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Basics

    • Configuring and Managing AD CS

    • Implementing Certificate Templates

10. Best Practices and Troubleshooting

  • 10.1 Best Practices for Active Directory Administration

    • Performance Optimization

    • Security Best Practices

    • Scaling Active Directory for Large Environments

  • 10.2 Common Issues and Troubleshooting

    • Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques

    • Resolving Common Active Directory Problems

    • Case Studies and Real-World Scenarios

11. Future Trends and Updates

  • 11.1 Current Trends in Directory Services

    • Emerging Technologies (Block chain, AI)

    • Keeping Active Directory Up-to-Date

    • Microsoft's Roadmap for Active Directory


  • Weekly quizzes or assignments

  • Mid-term project

  • Final project presentation.

Staffing Support​
  • Resume Preparation

  • Mock Interview Preparation

  • Phone Interview Preparation

  • Face to Face Interview Preparation

  • Project/Technology Preparation

  • Internship with internal project work

  • Externship with client project work

Our Salient Features:
  • Hands-on Labs and Homework

  • Group discussion and Case Study

  • Course Project work

  • Regular Quiz / Exam

  • Regular support beyond the classroom

  • Students can re-take the class at no cost

  • Dedicated conf. rooms for group project work

  • Live streaming for the remote students

  • Video recording capability to catch up the missed class

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