Course 6436B: Designing Windows Server® 2008 Active Directory® Infrastructure and Services
25 April 2012
About this course
During this five-day course, students will learn how to design an Active Directory® infrastructure in the Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems. Students will learn how to design Active Directory forests, domain infrastructure, sites and replication, administrative structures, Group Policy, and Public Key Infrastructures (PKIs). Students will also learn how to design for security, high availability, disaster recovery, and migrations.Audience profileAt course completionJob RoleTheprimary audience for this course is IT professionals, including administrators of Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise who want to become administrators of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise.Skill Level: 300Product and Technology ExperienceAt least three to five years of experience in medium-to-large enterprise organizations, supporting and implementing Active Directory.Audience DescriptionThis course is intended for IT professionals who want to gain professional job role skills to help them design the infrastructure for Active Directoryfor Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as an Enterprise Administrator. This course is also intended for IT professionals who have been working as Enterprise Administrators on previous versions of Windows Server and who want to update their skills to Windows Server 2008. Students might already be, or have been, Server Administrators who make planning and design decisions at a server level and who want to gain the skills and knowledge they need to transition to enterprise-level design decisions.After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Provide an overview of the lab scenario.
- Create a design for the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) forest and forest trust deployment.
- Design an AD DS domain and Domain Name Service (DNS) integration design.
- Design AD DS sites and AD DS replication.
- Create an AD DS domain controller deployment plan.
- Create an AD DS domain administration design and partially implement the design.
- Create an AD DS Group Policy design and implement some components of that design.
- Design and implement AD DS security policies that meet security requirements.
- Design and implement a PKI deployment by using Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS).
- Design an Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) solution and deploy RMS for internal users.
- Create and implement an Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) design.
- Review and validate a Federated Web single sign-on (SSO) deployment.
- Design and implement a domain restructure.
- Course details
Course OutlineModule 1: Overview of Active Directory DesignFor most organizations, the Active Directory deployment may be the single most important component in the IT infrastructure. When organizations deploy AD DS or any of the other Active Directory services within Windows Server 2008, they are deploying a central authentication and authorization service that provides SSO access to many other network services in the organization. AD DS provides the primary security mechanism within most organizations, and it enables policy-based management for user and computer accounts. You can use the other Active Directory services to extend some of this functionality to users who are external to the organization.The critical functionality that the Active Directory services provide means that you should design your Active Directory infrastructure to meet your organization’s unique requirements. This module provides an overview of the information that you must gather to prepare for an Active Directory deployment, and it provides an overview of the steps that you use as you create an Active Directory design.Lessons
Module 2: Designing an AD DS Forest InfrastructureAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Preparing For Active Directory Design
- Designing the Internal AD DS Infrastructure
- Extending the Active Directory Design
To design the infrastructure of an AD DS forest for your organization, first you must collect organizational and administrative requirements, and then you must decide which design to use. There are several possible designs, and each one requires some trade-offs. Based on the requirements of your organization, you must determine the type of AD DS forest and forest root domain. You also must plan for trusts between forests, determine whether your organization requires multiple forests, and determine which modifications, if any, you must make to the AD DS schema. In addition, you must design for the time synchronization of all computer clocks in your organization by using the Windows Time service (Win32Time).In this module, you will learn about forest design concepts as well as about forest trusts, the AD DS schema, and the Windows Time Service.Lessons
- Prepare for Active Directory design.
- Design the internal AD DS infrastructure.
- Extend the Active Directory design.
Module 3: Designing an AD DS Domain InfrastructureAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Designing an AD DS Forest
- Designing AD DS Forest Trusts
- Planning for AD DS Schema Changes
- Designing a Windows Time Service Deployment
After designing the infrastructure for the AD DS forest as described in Module 1, you need to design the AD DS domain infrastructure. To do this, you first need to decide on the AD DS domain design model and the placement and deployment of domain controllers, based on your organization's needs. After designing the AD DS domain, you then integrate the internal and external DNS namespaces with the AD DS domain by using DNS servers. If your design consists of multiple domains, you can create domain trusts to enable easy and reliable communication from one domain to another. You need to choose the right type of domain trust, based on your organization's needs.In this module, you will learn about designing AD DS domains, DNS, and domain trusts.Lessons
- Design an AD DS forest.
- Design AD DS forest trusts.
- Plan for AD DS schema changes.
- Design a Windows Time service deployment.
Module 4: Designing AD DS Sites and ReplicationAfter completing this module, students will be able to
- Designing AD DS Domains
- Designing DNS Namespaces in an AD DS Environment
- Designing AD DS Domain Trusts
You should design the site topology for the network after you design the logical structure of the AD DS infrastructure in your organization. The site topology is a logical representation of the physical network. You use the site topology to manage replication and logon network traffic, among other things. When you create the site design, include information about the location of the AD DS sites, the AD DS domain controllers within each site, and the site links and site-link bridges that support AD DS replication between sites. Windows Server 2008 uses site information for many purposes, including routing replication, client affinity, system volume (SYSVOL) replication, Distributed File System (DFS) namespaces, and service locations.In this module, you will learn how to design a distributed directory service that supports domain controllers that are in portions of your network that are separated by expensive, slow, or unreliable links.Lessons
- Design AD DS domains.
- Design DNS namespaces in an AD DS environment.
- Design AD DS domain trusts.
Module 5: Designing AD DS Domain ControllersThis module explains how to design an AD DS domain controller.LessonsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Designing AD DS Sites
- Designing AD DS Replication
- Design AD DS sites.
- Design AD DS replication.
Module 6: Designing AD DS Domain AdministrationAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Designing Domain Controllers and Domain Controller Placement
- Designing RODC Deployments
- Designing Domain Controllers As Virtual Machines
- Designing Domain Controller Availability
You can use an AD DS domain to simplify the administration of your IT resources by creating a manageable structure that underlies a network infrastructure based on the Windows operating system.To design the effective administration of an AD DS domain, you need to first assess the state of the configuration and administration of the AD DS environment. To determine the best design for your AD DS domain administration, first collect information about how your organization needs to administer the various resources in your AD DS domain environment. This information provides the basis on which you can design and build the AD DS domain structures that will enable the most effective AD DS domain administrative methods for your organization, such as organizational units (OUs), AD DS groups, and user and computer account objects.Lessons
- Design domain controllers and domain controller placement.
- Design read only domain controller (RODC) deployments.
- Design domain controllers as virtual machines.
- Design domain controller availability.
Module 7: Designing AD DS Group PolicyAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Planning the Delegation of AD DS Administration
- Designing the Structure of OUs
- Designing an AD DS Group Strategy
- Planning to Manage User and Computer Accounts
The AD DS Group Policy environment is the principal vehicle for configuration management in Windows Server 2008. An effective Group Policy design means a more standardized and easy-to-manage environment in which to perform all other administrative tasks.This module introduces the key concepts for designing Group Policy as they relate to planning, implementing. and managing Group Policy in AD DS.Lessons
- Plan the delegation of AD DS administration.
- Design the structure of OUs.
- Design an AD DS group strategy.
- Plan to manage user and computer accounts.
Module 8: Designing AD DS SecurityAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Preparing for Group Policy Design
- Designing Group Policy Objects
- Designing Group Policy Processing
- Planning for Group Policy Management
One of the primary reasons to deploy a directory service like AD DS is to provide security for the organization’s network. Managing secure access to network resources is critical to ensuring that only authorized users can access the data and that only authorized administrators can make changes to the environment.By ensuring that the AD DS deployment is secure, you can help ensure system stability and reliability, and you can minimize the number of successful attempts to jeopardize system security and integrity.Lessons
- Prepare for Group Policy design.
- Design Group Policy objects.
- Design Group Policy processing.
- Plan for Group Policy management.
Module 9: Designing a Public Key InfrastructureThis module explains how to design a PKI deployment by using Windows Server 2008 AD CS.LessonsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Preparing to Design AD DS Security
- Designing AD DS Account and Password Policies
- Designing AD DS Domain Controller Security
- Designing AD DS Administrator Security
- Prepare to design AD DS security.
- Design AD DS account and password policies.
- Design AD DS domain controller security.
- Design AD DS administrator security.
Module 10: Designing and Deploying AD RMSThis module explains how to design and implement a rights protection infrastructure by using AD RMS.LessonsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Overview of PKI and AD CS
- Designing a Certification Authority Deployment
- Designing Certificate Templates
- Designing Certificate Distribution and Revocation
- Describe the PKI and AD CS features and components.
- Design a certification authority (CA) deployment hierarchy in AD CS.
- Design certificate templates.
- Design a strategy for distributing and revoking certificates.
Module 11: Designing an AD LDS InfrastructureThis module explains how to design and implement an AD LDS deployment.LessonsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- AD RMS Overview
- Designing an AD RMS Deployment
- Extending the AD RMS Deployment Outside an Organization
- Describe the AD RMS components and functionality.
- Design an AD RMS deployment.
- Extend an AD RMS deployment outside an organization.
Module 12: Designing an AD FS InfrastructureThis module explains how to design an implementation of Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS).LessonsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- AD LDS Deployment Scenarios
- Designing an AD LDS Server Deployment
- Designing AD LDS Replication
- Integrating AD LDS with AD DS
- Describe the AD LDS deployment scenarios.
- Design an AD LDS server deployment.
- Design an AD LDS replication topology.
- Integrate AD LDS with AD DS.
Module 13: Designing AD DS TransitionsThis module explains how to design and implement AD DS upgrades and migrations.LessonsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Overview of an AD FS Design
- Designing an AD FS Deployment
- Designing AD FS Claims and Applications
- Describe the AD FS components and deployment scenarios.
- Design an AD FS deployment.
- Design AD FS claims and applications.
After completing this module, students will be able to:
- Choosing an AD DS Transition Strategy
- Designing a Domain-Upgrade Strategy
- Designing a Domain-Restructure Strategy
- Designing AD DS Domain Renaming
- Choose the best AD DS transition strategy, based on the current environment and requirements.
- Design a domain-upgrade strategy.
- Design a domain-restructure strategy.
- Design AD DS domain renaming.
In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should already have the following technical knowledge:
- System administrator–level working knowledge.
- Up to one year of experience implementing server plans.
- Knowledge of client operating system equivalent to the following certifications is beneficial:
- Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuration
Students can meet the prerequisites by attending the following courses or by obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills:
- Exam 70-620: TS: Windows Vista, Configuring
- 6425C: Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services
- 6426C: Configuring and Troubleshooting Identity and Access Solutions with Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
- 6433A: Planning and Implementing Windows Server 2008 Servers
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