Inside Active Directory
A book by Sakari Kouti and Mika Seitsonen

Intro
Preface
Contents
Smart Index
Index
Scripts
Tables
Wordlist
Errata
Authors

 

 

Preface (1st Edition, AD2000)

During the seven years that Windows NT was sold before Windows 2000 shipped, administrators didn't need to learn practically anything new, at least about the core operating system features. User and group management, domains and domain models, and resource management had been the same in all Windows NT versions.

With the introduction of Windows 2000 and Active Directory, that all changed. There is a huge difference in managing Windows networks over the old NT administration model. Therefore, Active Directory will require quite a lot of study on the part of NT professionals.

Despite some administrative wizards in the user interface and the new Microsoft Management Console (MMC) administration interface, implementing and administering Active Directory requires probably more learning, testing, piloting, and planning than Windows NT required.

About This Book

Inside Active Directory is an implementer and administrator's guide to Active Directory. Throughout the book, you will learn the workings, architecture, administration, and planning of Active Directory. Depending on your needs, however, you don't have to read this book from cover to cover, as we describe later in this preface.

The following list evaluates the appropriateness of this book for a number of potential audiences.

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A current NT professional. You are the target audience for this book. However, you may want to browse relatively fast through the introductory pages that we have in the beginning of many chapters.

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A current NetWare or UNIX professional. Prior knowledge of Windows NT is not required to successfully learn from this book. Your earlier networking skills will most likely enable you to pick up each topic quite fast. However, you probably shouldn't skip any introductory topics.

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A network operating systems novice. Because we tend to start each chapter with the very basics, at least in theory you can use this book to effectively learn Active Directory. Obviously, you need to invest more time reading than an experienced IT professional. You should also have a test PC that you can use to try out the different tasks and experiments that the book describes.

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A current Windows 2000 professional. Even if you are already familiar with Active Directory, we trust that you will learn more than a few things from this book.

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A developer. This book is an administrator's guide and not a programmer's guide. However, the book contains more architectural topics than the average book for an administrator, so you may find this book valuable to you in addition to a programmer's guide.

For all target audiences, it is possible that you are not interested in all the advanced topics in this book, so you are free to skip any of them.

We believe that this book has the following strengths.

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We present well-thought-out diagrams that help you easily comprehend the various key concepts and other topics related to Active Directory.

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At worst, a book just shows screen shots and shortly explains what is already evident from the user interface or the online Help. In contrast, this book contains thorough and accurate information on the topics it covers.

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We claim that this book contains very few errors.

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Even though this book is not a reference guide, we present many extensive reference tables.

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If you install Active Directory on a test PC, you can try out most of the tasks and experiments described in this book, whether they are written to be walkthroughs or not.

 
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