Active Directory Administration in Microsoft Windows Server 2008

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


Planning and implementing an enterprise administrative structure and an enterprise Group Policy strategy are tasks that are of utmost importance to an Enterprise Administrator. Designing the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) administrative model involves creating the organizational structure, delegating administration, using compliance auditing, and using security groups to implement group strategy and to simplify group administration. This course explains the use of directory object auditing and covers the various tasks involved in designing a proper AD DS administrative model based on the specific business requirements of an organization. This course also describes the planning of the Group Policy strategy and provides an explanation of Group Policy and its various components, including the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC), Group Policy Preferences, starter GPOs, administrative templates, and scope filtering options. The implementation of a Group Policy hierarchy, which involves linking GPOs, Group Policy processing order, and using the Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) are also demonstrated in this course.
This course covers the objectives for Microsoft exam 70-647 PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator. Passing the prerequisite MCTS exams and this Professional Series exam completes the requirements for the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certification.

Target Audience

Windows Server administrators who are rolling out and supporting Windows Server 2008 in the enterprise; Windows Server administrators who manage infrastructure, web, and IT application servers for an enterprise organization; individuals seeking certification on Microsoft’s new generation server platform.


As an exam prerequisite, any candidate should have a minimum of one year of experience implementing and administering a network operating system in an environment that has the following characteristics: • 250 to 5,000 or more users • three or more physical locations • three or more domain controllers • network services and resources such as messaging, a database, file and print, a proxy server, a firewall, the Internet, an intranet, remote access, and client computer management • connectivity requirements such as connecting branch offices and individual users in remote locations to the corporate network and connecting corporate networks to the Internet As an exam prerequisite, any candidate should have taken and passed the following MCTS level exams: 70-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring 70-642: TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring 70-643: TS: Windows Server 2008 Application Infrastructure, Configuring

Expected Duration

150 min.

Course Objectives

Active Directory Administration in Windows Server 2008

  • use delegation of administration
  • recognize which AD administration model to use in an organization
  • distinguish between autonomy and isolation in AD logical design
  • Security Groups and Auditing in Windows Server 2008

  • create a new security group and add members to it
  • enable AD DS auditing
  • Setting up the AD Administrative Structure

    GPO Hierarchy and Processing in Windows Server 2008

  • recognize the processing order of the Group Policy hierarchy
  • specify a domain controller for processing Group Policy and configure a slow WAN link
  • GPO Settings and Templates in Windows Server 2008

  • use Group Policy Preferences to set a policy
  • create a Starter GPO
  • Group Policy Management in Windows Server 2008

  • perform basic GPO management tasks using the GPMC
  • perform advanced GPO management tasks using the GPMC
  • recognize ways you can manage device installation by computer
  • Applying Group Policy in Windows Server 2008