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Active Directory Cookbook

by Laura E. Hunter Robbie Allen

When you need practical hands-on support for Active Directory, the updated edition of this extremely popular Cookbook provides quick solutions to more than 300 common (and uncommon) problems you might encounter when deploying, administering, and automating Microsoft's network directory service. For the third edition, Active Directory expert Laura E. Hunter offers troubleshooting recipes based on valuable input from Windows administrators, in addition to her own experience. You'll find solutions for the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), ADAM (Active Directory Application Mode), multi-master replication, Domain Name System (DNS), Group Policy, the Active Directory Schema, and many other features. The Active Directory Cookbook will help you: Perform Active Directory tasks from the command line Use scripting technologies to automate Active Directory tasks Manage new Active Directory features, such as Read-Only Domain Controllers, fine-grained password policies, and more Create domains and trusts Locate users whose passwords are about to expire Apply a security filter to group policy objects Check for potential replication problems Restrict hosts from performing LDAP queries View DNS server performance statistics Each recipe includes a discussion explaining how and why the solution works, so you can adapt the problem-solving techniques to similar situations. Active Directory Cookbook is ideal for any IT professional using Windows Server 2008, Exchange 2007, and Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007, including Active Directory administrators looking to automate task-based solutions."It is rare for me to visit a customer site and not see a copy of Active Directory Cookbook on a shelf somewhere, which is a testament to its usefulness. The Cookbook takes the pain out of everyday AD tasks by providing concise, clear and relevant recipes. The fact that the recipes are provided using different methods (graphical user interface, command line and scripting) means that the book is suitable for anyone working with AD on a day-to-day basis. The introduction of PowerShell examples in this latest edition will be of particular interest for those looking to transition from VBScript. Laura has also done a great job in extending the Cookbook in this edition to encompass the broad range of changes to AD in Windows Server 2008." --Tony Murray, Founder of Activedir.org and Directory Services MVP"If you already understand Active Directory fundamentals and are looking for a quick solution to common Active Directory related tasks, look no further, you have found the book that you need." --joe Richards, Directory Services MVP"The Active Directory Cookbook is the real deal... a soup-to-nuts catalog of every administrative task an Active Directory administrator needs to perform. If you administer an Active Directory installation, this is the very first book you have to put on your shelf." --Gil Kirkpatrick, Chief Architect, Active Directory and Identity Management, Quest Software and Directory Services MVP

Active Directory Cookbook, 2nd Edition

by Robbie Allen Laura E. Hunter

If you're among those looking for practical hands-on support, help is here with Active Directory Cookbook , Second Edition, a unique problem-solving guide that offers quick answers for Active Directory and updated for Window Server 2003 SP1 and R2 versions. The book contains hundreds of step-by-step solutions for both common and uncommon problems that you're likely to encounter with Active Directory on a daily basis--including recipes to deal with the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), ADAM, multi-master replication, Domain Name System (DNS), Group Policy, the Active Directory Schema, and many other features. Author Robbie Allen, a Technical Leader at Cisco Systems, MVP for Directory Services, and co-author of Active Directory , Third Edition and Laura E. Hunter, MVP for Windows Server-Networking and author of several books, have based this collection of troubleshooting recipes on their own experience, along with input from Windows administrators. Each recipe includes a discussion explaining how and why the solution works, so you can adapt the problem-solving techniques to similar situations. This best selling book provides solutions to over 300 problems commonly encountered when deploying, administering, and automating Active Directory to manage users in Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. The recipes include: creating domains and trusts renaming a domain controller finding users whose passwords are about to expire applying a security filter to group policy objects checking for potential replication problems restricting hosts from performing LDAP queries viewing DNS server performance statistics This Cookbook is a perfect companion to Active Directory , Third Edition, the tutorial that experts hail as the best source for understanding Microsoft's directory service. While Active Directory provides the big picture, Active Directory Cookbook gives you quick solutions you need to cope with day-to-day dilemmas. Together, these books supply the knowledge and tools so you can get the most out of Active Directory to manage users, groups, computers, domains, organizational units, and security policies on your network.

Winternals Defragmentation, Recovery, and Administration Field Guide

by Laura E. Hunter Dave Kleiman

The Only Book for the Leading Winternals Tools Used in Microsoft Networks! Winternals first came to my rescue in November of 1999. It was then that I purchased my Winternals Administrator's Pak. It contained BlueSave Version 1.01, ERD Commander Professional Version 1.06, Monitoring Tools (Filemon and Regmon) Enterprise Editions Version 1.0, NTFSDOS Professional Version 3.03, NTRecover Version 1.0, and Remote Recover Version 1.01. We had a Windows NT 4 server in the dead zone. I spent a few hours reading over the ERD and Remote Recover user guides, created a "client floppy," and began my quest. Thank goodness that version of ERD had the ability to access NT-defined fault-tolerant drives. Within a few hours we had recovered the system and were back up and running. With that success, I thought back on hundreds of earlier incidents that made me wish I had purchased Winternals sooner. We have come a long way since then; the Winternals team has improved upon and added many tools and features to the Administrator's Pak utilities. One thing remains constant-in the Microsoft administrator's world, Winternals is a lifesaver.-from the Foreword by Dave Kleiman Master ERD Commander 2005 Use the ERD Commander to make a boot disk, run the Locksmith, remove hotfixes, access restore points, and more. Explore Process Activity with Process Explorer Use Autoruns and Process Explorer together to troubleshoot startups and combat malware. View the Security Settings of Your Computer Use the various Winternals tools to monitor users and shared resources, investigate suspicious local files, and search for installed rootkits. Use Sysinternals Tools to Monitor Active Sessions Use FileMon to view all file activity and Regmon to view all Registry activity. Integrate with Windows' System Programs Manage disk fragmentation, get extended file/disk information, and manage disk utilization. Perform Data Recovery Recover data across a network, recover files, and restore lost active directory data. Troubleshoot System Failures Make sense of a Windows crash, identify errant drivers, detect problematic file and registry accesses, and more. Monitor Connections with TCPTools View active network connections and identify problematic network applications using TCPView and TDIMon. Optimize NT 4.0 Systems Extend the Life of NT 4 systems using CacheSet, Contig, PMon, and Frob.

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