Install and Configure Active Directory Domain Services

Get started with Active Directory through this course on installing and configuring Active Directory Domain Services. Take a look at domain controllers, configuration options, managing groups and accounts and more.


  • Introduction to AD DS Part 1 Video — 00:14:20
    • The beginning of this series starts off by reviewing the various components that you will be managing with Active Directory. In this episode, we discuss AD partitions, schema, domains, and other logical and physical components that interact within the AD environment.

  • Introduction to AD DS Part 2 Video — 00:07:54
    • We continue looking into the robust interaction of the various components, exploring the global catalog, RODC, and how to work with OUs.

  • Installing Active Directory files for a New Forest Video — 00:08:50
    • As you step through Server Manager, learn how to set up a new domain controller using various tools and options.

  • Configure New Forest Root Domain Video — 00:10:53
    • In this episode, you’ll learn how to use the configuration wizard to define settings and options to create a new forest.

  • Adding Domain Controller to an Existing Forest Video — 00:07:32
    • The next step is to add a DC into a forest, so you’ll review and consider options that will affect how the domain interacts with existing AD security systems.

  • DC Installation Options Video — 00:09:03
    • Now it’s time to explore the various methods of installation. You’ll get to see the graphical version, called the configuration wizard, as well as the PowerShell option. You’ll also learn about upgrade options and the effect of each.

  • DC Cloning Video — 00:02:42
    • In this episode, you’ll walk through the cloning operation for DCs, looking at the various clone tools that can be used and the benefits of using clones.

  • RODCs Video — 00:06:09
    • Understand the benefits of using RODCs in working environments, and see how to work with off-site management of users, groups, and objects. Learn what security policies can be written and implemented for sites that do not have local management.

  • DC Configuration Options Video — 00:13:24
    • In this episode, you’ll explore DC locations, global catalog servers, SRV records, and the DNS manager. Explore the FSMO roles and learn more about role operations and management.

  • Managing User Accounts Video — 00:10:49
    • User account management is easy when built with a purpose and a plan. In this segment, explore how to set up accounts through Server Manager.

  • Introduction to Groups Video — 00:07:22
    • Walk through the processes to set up users in groups, and learn about the logical and physical considerations you’ll want to consider. Then you’ll work with groups for security management considerations and maintenance.

  • Managing Groups Video — 00:10:53
    • This episode teaches you how to manage group creation and maintenance using Active Directory Users and Computers, and the alternative PowerShell commands. You’ll then tour the settings to manage users within a group.

  • Managing Computer Accounts Video — 00:08:30
    • Examine the placement of computer accounts in the OU structure, and the considerations and steps needed to place these assets within your structure, using both the GUI and PowerShell options.

  • Managing Organizational Units Video — 00:06:51
    • Organization is key to a good OU layout. In this episode, explore the creation and management of OUs as well as various strategies used when laying out the structure.

  • Using PowerShell Video — 00:05:34
    • Learn where PowerShell excels as a tool for the operation and maintenance of various AD users, groups, and objects.

  • Introduction to Active Directory Video — 00:02:12


Course description

If you want to get started with Active Directory, you have to, well, get started! Begin at the beginning with this course on installing and configuring Active Directory Domain Services. Starting off with a two-part introduction to AD DS, you’ll look at in

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