Join Ed Liberman for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Windows Server 2012 R2: Configure and Manage Active Directory.
- In this course, I expect that you will already understand the basic idea of Windows server fundamentals, as well as know how to install Windows server 2012 and various roles and features. So these are the things you should already know before watching this course. As far as the lab environment, I have three virtual machines that you can see I'm running at Hyper-V Manager here. They are DC-1, 2, and 3. DCs 1 and 2 are domain controllers, thus the name DC for a fictional company with a fictional domain that I have running here in my office.
DC-3 is a member server of that domain, and the reason it's called DC-3, just so it doesn't confuse you, is because we're going to make it a domain controller as part of one of the labs in this course. If you'd like to follow along, then you would also need to have three computers. They can be three physical computers, or they can be three virtual machines just like I have here. You can use Hyper-V or any other virtualization software you might have available to you. All that matters is that you make two computers set up as domain controllers for a domain and a third computer that is a member server within that same domain.
They don't have to be named the same. The domain doesn't have to be named the same. Networking doesn't have to be the same. I'll that all up to you. So that's pretty much what you will need to know to get through this course.
Ed Liberman shows how to configure service authentication, domain controllers, and account policies, and maintain Active Directory so that it remains stable and secure. He'll cover virtualizing domain controllers, Active Directory backup and recovery, password policy management, and Kerberos policies and delegation.
- Installing read-only domain controllers
- Configuring virtual domain controllers
- Backing up Active Directory
- Recovering Active Directory
- Configuring account policies: password, lockout, and Kerberos
- Configuring service accounts
- Managing service accounts