Active Directory Domain Services is a server role of the Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems. ADS provides a distributed directory service that you can use for centralized, secure management of your network.This guide describes the installation and removal processes for the AD DS server role. You can use the procedures in this guide to install and remove AD DS on servers that are running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server
2008 R2 in a test lab environment.ADS provides a distributed database that stores and manages information about network resources and application specific data from directory-enabled applications. Administrators can use AD DS to organize elements of a network, such as users, computers, and other devices, into a hierarchical containment structure. The hierarchical containment structure includes the Active Directory forest, domains in the forest, and
organizational units in each domain. A server that is running AD DS is called a domain controller.


Chapter 1: Active Directory Fundamentals

Chapter 2: Domain Name System Design

Chapter 3: Active Directory Domain Services Forest and Domain Design

Chapter 4: Organizing the Physical and Logical Aspects of ADS

Chapter 5: Flexible Single Master Operations Design

Chapter 6: Managing Accounts: User, Group, and Computer

Chapter 7: Maintaining Organizational Units

Chapter 8: Managing Group Policy

Chapter 9: Managing Active Directory Security

Chapter 10: Managing Access with Active Directory Services

Chapter 11: Managing Active Directory Rights Management Services

Chapter 12: Managing Active Directory Certificate Services

Chapter 13: Managing the Flexible Single Master Operations Roles

Chapter 14: Maintaining the Active Directory Database

Chapter 15: Microsoft’s Troubleshooting Methodology for Active Directory

Chapter 16: Troubleshooting Problems Related to Network Infrastructure

Chapter 17: Troubleshooting Problems Related to the Active Directory Database

Chapter 18: ADSI Primer

Chapter 19: Active Directory Scripts

Chapter 20: Monitoring Active Directory

Chapter 21: Managing Active Directory with PowerShell

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