Fundamentals of Active Directory

Session Detail:    Classroom 1 Day

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.


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

Who Can Benefit

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.

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Principles of Active Directory

  • Lesson 1: Development of Active Directory
  • Lesson 2: What is X.500
  • Lesson 3: LDAP
  • Lesson 4: Active Directory Architecture
  • Lesson 5: NTLM and Kerberos
  • Lesson 6: Managing operating systems with GPOs, Workplace Join and InTune
  • Lesson 7: Active Directory Groups: Domain Local, Global, and Universal
  • Lesson 8: Using and Managing Active Directory Domain Controllers
  • Lesson 9: Forest and Domain Functional Levels
  • Lesson 8: Introduction to Active Directory Partitions and the Global Catalog
  • Lesson 9: Basic Forest Structure and Design
  • Lesson 10: Basic Domain Structure and Design
  • Lesson 11: Basic OU Structure and Design

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the key features and editions of Active Directory
  • Understand all of the principal components of Active Directory including Sites, Domains, OUs, and their use
  • Describe the authentication mechanisms used by Active Directory and how they are implemented
  • Understand the common design scenarios used when implementing Active Directory
  • Describe the techniques used by Active Directory to manage computers and network resources

Module 2: Fundamentals of WAN management with Active Directory

  • Lesson 1: Understanding AD Sites and WAN Traffic Management
  • Lesson 2: Basic AD Sites and Logon Traffic
  • Lesson 3: Introduction to AD Sites and Replication Traffic
  • Lesson 4: Bridgehead Servers and Site Link Objects
  • Lesson 5: Site Aware Applications

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the key features, in Active Directory, used to manage WAN logon and replication traffic
  • Understand the function of the Knowledge Consistency Checker and the Inter-Site Topology Generator
  • Fundamentals of WAN design with Active Directory
  • Resolve common WAN traffic issues

Module 3: Introduction to Active Directory Group Policy Objects

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Group Policy
  • Lesson 2: Administrative Templates
  • Lesson 3: Fundamental Concepts of GPO Scripts
  • Lesson 4: Introduction to Creating and Using GPOs
  • Lesson 5: Principles of Managing Multiple GPOs
  • Lesson 6: Block, Enforce and Inheritance
  • Lesson 7: GPOs and Active Directory Versions
  • Lesson 8: Introduction to Controlling and Installing Software with GPOs, SRP and App Locker

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the key features, editions, and hardware requirements Active Directory Group Policy
  • Principles of managing multiple GPOs and inheritance
  • Upgrade and Migrate to new Administrative Templates
  • Understand Block, Enforce, GPO scripts, and container linking
  • Introduction to software installation with GPOs and application control
  • Resolve common issues

Module 4: Principles of Active Directory Integration

  • Lesson 1: Active Directory and The Cloud
  • Lesson 2: User Principle Names, Authentication, and Active Directory Federated Services
  • Lesson 3: Conclusion, Additional Resources, Labs and Exercises

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the key features of Active Directory that can be used for extra WAN resource sharing
  • Understand the term Cloud and the advantage of Cloud services
  • Understand the principles of Authentication outside of an Active Directory Forest
  • Describe the role of Kerberos, Single Sign-On, and User Principle Names
  • Experience and use the principle Active Directory management tools described in the course
  • Create, edit and apply a Group Policy Object

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