Walk through a high-level overview of the Active Directory Administrative Center.
- Managing the Active Directory Domain Services environment is one of the common tasks that an IT professional would perform. So understanding what administration tools are available is really important. So what I would like to do is jump on to one of our domain controllers so we can take a quick look at the variety of administration tools that are available. For this demonstration, I want to connect to DC 1. Here in the server manager, if I go to the tools menu which you'll find the upper right hand corner.
When I click on it, you'll see right away that there are series of active directory based tools at our disposal. Now the first one on the list is the Active Directory Administrative Center. And that's the one I want to go over with you here so let's click on that now. Now I do want to tell you that I am going to go over some very specific tasks in other videos in this course and other courses. But right now, I just want you to have a general feel of what this tool looks like and what it would be used for.
One specific thing about this particular tool that I can tell you is that it happens to be a graphical user interface that was built of Windows Powershell. Now that is the one thing that makes it different from the rest of the active directory tools that are available. Most of the rest of the tools that are out there are kind of old-schooled tools. They've been around since Windows 2000. Which was when Microsoft first started using active directory. And those tools as a result, preceded the creation of Windows Powershell and therefore, they don't necessarily have a perfect one to one matchup with Windows Powershell.
But in this particular tool, some of the common tasks that you might perform are things like creating and managing a variety of accounts like users, computers, groups or even creating and managing your organization units. You can connect and manage multiple domains within this one single tool. And as a matter of fact, if you just take a look at screen, look at what we are looking at right here. Does it look like any other tool that you seen? It should. And in fact I'm going to ahead and minimize this for a second. Look at that.
It looks very similar to the server manager, doesn't it? And the result is kind of the same thing in the sense that you have the ability to manage multiple servers at the same time within this one tool. Now, what are some of these you can do with this tool in addition to just general management. Well you can do things like creating fine-grained password policies or enabling the active directory recycle bin. And these are the things in the past, you got to go before Windows Server 2016 so you go to Server 2008 or before that.
You could only do it from a command line based tool or a much less intuitive tool than what you will find here in the active directory administrative center. Just to kind of click around real quick, you'll notice here that we have, a kind of a form of a hierarchy that is built. On it shows you the history of where you've been. So for instance, on this machine you'll notice inside my landonhotel dot local domain, you can already see there is a link here for users. Well the reason is because I've already been to the users container.
Meaning I have actually gone there before, meaning before this video I've clicked on it. So let's go somewhere else just to see how this works. If I click on landonhotel, and then I'm going to click on Domain Controllers. So double-click that. And here you'll see the list of my domain controllers, DC 1, DC 2 and DC 3. And it takes just a moment for it to pop up, but now I believe it has popped up at this point, you will see that Domain Controllers, there's a link to it that has now shown up under landonhotel dot local.
And it's not just right now right, it's not just a breadcrumb of where I am right now but if I click let's say on Overview. I can quickly come back to the Domain Controllers or I can quickly come back to Users. And in fact, even if I clicked on Overview and then close the tool altogether, and go back in and open the tool. You'll notice that that history is still there, right? We still have kind of of the recent containers that we connected to. So anytime you gone in and perform an action, it assumes there is a really good chance that you may want to come back and go there again.
So it gives you that quick link to jump right back in to the Domain Controllers container. 'Cause it assumes while you've been there once, you might want to go there again. Alright, so as I said, I don't really necessarily want to go super deep into the all the different ins and outs and everything that you can do with this tool because were going to come back to this tool and take a look at it later as we perform certain actions but I just wanted to show you that well this is a tool that can be used, it's based off of Windows Powershell and it is a newer tool that administrators are finding very handy for working with Active Directory Domain Services.
- Installing domain controllers, including the AD DS role
- Managing AD DS with AD Administrative Center and the command line
- Transferring and seizing FSMO roles
- Adjusting permissions
- Creating users and groups
- Managing computer accounts
- Creating organizational units (OUs)