Managing and Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services

Explore the intricacies of managing and maintaining AD DS with this course covering MSAs, advanced deployments and more.


  • Configuring Account Security Video — 00:12:18
    • Using Server Manager, walk through the built-in security tools that can create a strong security program. Learn about Password Settings Objects (PSOs) and how they are applied, along with how Kerberos is used by AD domain controllers.

  • Configuring PSOs Video — 00:06:04
    • Learn how to work with PSOs to deploy general and security policies using PowerShell commands.

  • Configuring Authentication Policies and Silos Video — 00:06:59
    • In this episode, learn how to authenticate users, services, and computers using the Directory Admin Center, and how to work with authentication and silo policies.

  • Configuring MSA Service Accounts Video — 00:05:24
    • In this video, learn best practices when it comes to setting up service accounts, explore service account management, and see how to configure and maintain MSA accounts.

  • Group MSAs Video — 00:03:24
    • Learn the benefit of using group MSAs and how to configure objects to associate with MSA groups using PowerShell. Work in PowerShell to create a KDS (Key Distribution Services) root key.

  • AD DS Recovery Video — 00:11:08
    • In this critical episode, examine the built-in MS utilities, Ntdsutil and Administrative Center, for recovery of the AD databases. Then walk through the restore options using a snapshot, the recycle bin, and an authoritative restore.

  • SYSVOL Replication Video — 00:03:20
    • Explore SYSVOL and how it’s handled in AD domains and forests. Learn about protocol options for replication and follow along as PowerShell commands are used for FRS to DFS migration.

  • AD Advanced Deployments Video — 00:06:59
    • In this episode, you’ll first examine some of the design considerations and boundaries for setting up AD domains, forests, and OUs. Then you’ll learn about the issues involved with implementing changes or new domains.

  • AD Functional Levels Video — 00:02:46
    • Understand the various functional levels and how they affect design and implementation, and learn how to raise functional levels on DCs and forests.

  • Deploying New AD Domains Video — 00:04:39
    • Walk through the deployment phase of adding a domain using the configuration wizard, and examine the considerations and processes involved.

  • AD Migration Video — 00:08:14
    • In this episode, learn how to use the AD Migration Tool (ADMT) to move users, groups, resources, and assets to different domains and forests, including implementing pre-migration steps and final options.

  • AD Trusts Video — 00:10:34
    • This episode tackles the concepts and implementation of trusts. Work through the inheritance properties and transitive trust, including the overall trust flows and implications.

  • Advanced Trust Settings Video — 00:04:47
    • Review the AD security settings for trusts and understand the usage of SID filtering and name suffix routing as a defense-in-depth security policy.

  • AD Sites Video — 00:06:00
    • Learn about the best practices for usage of sites, the implications of replications and site design, Barbara discusses the various types of segregation by site and why these might be considerations

  • AD Site Links Video — 00:03:26
    • In this episode, learn about the important considerations when creating site links, how to use site links to increase performance, and how to assign site link prioritization.


Course description

Take a closer look at managing and maintaining active directory domain services with this course. In less than two hours you’ll explore configuring account security, configuring Managed Service Accounts (MSAs), group MSAs, Active Directory advanced deploy

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