This one-day instructor-led class is intended for IT professionals and IT managers who work with Active Directory or supervise IT professionals that work with Active Directory. Additionally, IT professionals that work with products that integrate with Active Directory such as Exchange can also benefit. In this course, students learn how and why Active Directory was developed by Microsoft, the fundamental architecture, basic design, management, as well as security and fundamentals for cloud integration with services like Azure.


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Learning Objectives

At Course Completion you will
Understand the industry standards used in Active Directory and their importance.
Recognize the functionality of Domain Controllers and Active Directory Replication mechanisms.
Understand Forest, Domain and OU structure.
Recognize and understand the role of Active Directory Sites.
Skills needed to determine Domain Controller Server versions, Forest and Domain Functional levels.
Describe authentication Mechanisms in Active Directory NTLM and Kerberos.
Optimize and maintain Group Policy Objects (GPO) used in Active Directory.
Understand the functioning of Active Directory Partitions and the Global Catalog.
Fundamental understanding of using Active Directory with Cloud Services like Federation Services and Azure.

  • Module 1: Principles of Active Directory

  • Development of Active Directory
    What is X.500
    Active Directory Architecture
    NTLM and Kerberos
    Managing operating systems with GPOs, Workplace Join and InTune
    Active Directory Groups: Domain Local, Global and Universal
    Using and Managing Active Directory Domain Controllers
    Forest and Domain Functional Levels
    Introduction to Active Directory Partitions and the Global Catalog
    Basic Forest Structure and Design
    Basic Domain Structure and Design
    Basic OU Structure and Design

  • Module 2: Fundamentals of WAN management with Active Directory

  • Understanding AD Sites and WAN Traffic Management
    Basic AD Sites and Logon Traffic
    Introduction to AD Sites and Replication Traffic
    Bridgehead Servers and Site Link Objects
    Site Aware Applications

  • Module 3: Introduction to Active Directory Group Policy Objects

  • Introduction to Group Policy
    Administrative Templates
    Fundamental Concepts of GPO Scripts
    Introduction to Creating and Using GPOs
    Principles of Managing Multiple GPOs
    Block, Enforce and Inheritance
    GPOs and Active Directory Versions
    Introduction to Controlling and Installing Software with GPOs, SRP and App Locker

  • Module 4: Principles of Active Directory Integration

  • Active Directory and “The Cloud”
    User Principle Names, Authentication and Active Directory Federated Services
    Conclusion, Additional Resources, Labs and Exercises


This course is intended for both novice and experienced IT professionals, Network Administrators new to Active Directory, Help Desk Personnel, Network Support Personal, Desktop Support Personal, Managers that oversee IT personnel, Developers that create products that interact with Active Directory and Exchange Administrators.




Basic understanding of networking concepts. Basic Windows knowledge. Basic understanding of security concepts such as authentication and authorization


Length: 1.0 day (8 hours)


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