Designing the Active Directory Infrastructure in Microsoft Windows Server 2008

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


The enterprise administrator involved in the design or restructuring of a Windows Server 2008 Active Directory infrastructure must have a good understanding of the Active Directory Directory Services (AD DS) – both the logical and physical components. This course covers the key logical AD DS design considerations, including the characteristics and number of forests and domains to implement, the choice of functional levels to configure, updating the Active Directory schema, and the options for establishing trust between multiple forests. It also outlines guidelines for designing the site topology composed of Active Directory site, site link, and site link bridge objects, as well as recommendations for the optimal placement of domain controllers and server roles in the enterprise infrastructure. 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

AD DS Design in Windows Server 2008

  • recognize key considerations in AD DS design
  • modify the AD schema to prepare for the addition of a domain controller that runs Windows Server 2008
  • The Forest Structure in Windows Server 2008

  • create a forest trust
  • recognize which forest design model to use in an AD network
  • recognize which type of trust to use in an AD network
  • The Domain Structure in Windows Server 2008

  • recognize the factors that determine which domain model to use in an organization
  • install a new AD DS forest root domain
  • Implementing a Forest Structure in Windows Server 2008

    Designing AD DS Sites in Windows Server 2008

  • recognize key aspects of AD DS site design
  • Implementing AD DS Replication in Windows Server 2008

  • implement AD DS replication
  • AD Resource Placement in a Windows Server 2008 Network

  • recognize where to place domain controllers and servers to optimize resource location and availability
  • set a printer’s location
  • Configuring the AD DS Physical Structure