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Active Directory is a new and very important part of any full scale Windows 2000 deployment, and getting it right the first time is crucial. And one the keys to doing it right is having the right reference to work from that will
guide your round the common planning mistakes and deployment pitfalls. Here's what we thought of the Active Directory books on the market.
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By Sean Fullerton. Published by Que, March 2001.
Paperback, 558 pages. ISBN 0789724340. As its title
implies, this is not a conceptual guide about Active
Directory concepts, but a practical,
task oriented operations guide to Active Directory
designed to walk you through the day to day
chapters are well organized and logically
presented, with plenty of screenshots, "real
world" tips, and well written step by step walkthroughs.
Topics include installing AD, extensive coverage of DNS,
explanations of domains, trees, and forests, operations
masters, AD schemas, intra and inter site replication,
authentication, group policy, containers and OU's,
managing users and objects, database optimization,
backup and restore, migrating from WinNT, and basic
scripting for AD. The book ends with a look at the
future of AD, including Microsoft's next generation operating
systems and initiatives including Whistler, Blackcomb,
|Active Directory Books worth reading...
Active Directory for Windows 2000 Server
By Melissa Craft. Published by Syngress, February
2000. Paperback, 494 pages. ISBN 1928994075 A
great technical introduction to Active Directory that is
ideal for IT professionals who need to build a solid
foundation in AD Administration quickly. Far
from a being a formal textbook, the author's writing
style makes you feel as if she's right there with you
going over each item, making the chapters more engaging,
interesting, and enjoyable to read. The book is
organized logically, beginning with an introduction to
AD, followed by deployment and migration, implementation,
and disaster recovery. The chapters are well
illustrated with line drawings and screenshots, and
features summaries and FAQ's to review critical points.
Retail price is $49.95, but you can get it for around
$29.95 at Bookpool.com
||Active Directory Services for Microsoft Windows 2000 Technical Reference: The Practical Guide to Planning and Deploying Active Directory Services
By David Iseminger, published by Microsoft Press, February 2000. 464 pages, ISBN 0735606242. The "bible" as far as we're
concerned! This book includes all the inside information on AD with plenty of real world examples and hands on exercises.
The book is well illustrated and the author provides plenty of
tips and call outs throughout. For a technical reference, this
book is surprisingly easy to read and we feel it's a must have if you're
ready to migrate your NT Domain structure to AD - but it's definitely not a guide for beginners.
an Enterprise Active Directory Notes from the Field
Published by Microsoft Press,
February 2000, Paperback 499 pages. ISBN 0735608601.
Don't second guess your Active Directory deployment -
learn from the experiences of Microsoft Consulting
Services. This book is designed for experienced engineers
with a solid foundation in Active Directory, and contains
all of the nitty-gritty boring details that you'll need to
get it right the first time. The chapters on database
sizing and traffic analysis are worth the price of the
book alone and include scores of tables with real field
data. The book also goes in depth into scripting for AD,
integrating AD with Exchange and UNIX based DNS
environments. Novell NDS, Domain Migration Strategies and
Active Directory design are also well covered. The
companion CD the MCS deployment template, LDAP utilities,
and other tools.
By Robert King Published by Sybex, published March
2000, Paperback 517 pages, ISBN 0782126596 A decent
and very well written resource for experienced network
administrators who are just getting started with Active
Directory. The author assumes that you have a certain
level of knowledge in networking, but none in directory
services. Mr. King does a great job of explaining the
basics and includes plenty of examples, illustrations and
personal notes throughout the chapters, well as brief
summaries at the end. However we also
felt the book could use a bit more technical depth to be
considered a true guide to "mastering" AD.
Overall, this a still a great book to start off with if
your new to AD and need to get up to speed quickly. It
would also make a great classroom text for instructors. Click
here to read a sample chapter on Building the Active
|Windows 2000 Active Directory Service
By Alistair G. Lowe-Norris Published by O'Reilly & Associates, Paperback, February 2000, 621 pages, ISBN 1565926382.
Written by a participant in the Windows 2000
Rapid Deployment Program, Windows 2000 Active Directory focuses on the practical, hands-on information you need to manage your site. Instead of a screen-by-screen description of the graphical user interface, this book focuses on the tasks you need to perform to manage your
organization's directory effectively. The heavy emphasis on scripting with the ADSI will help you automate tasks to achieve greater reliability and save time. Windows 2000 Active Directory is a practical guide to the new technology for the overworked system or network administrator.
911: Windows 2000 Group Policy
By Roger Jennings. Published by McGraw Hill, November
2000. Paperback 480 pages ISBN 0072129484. Finally,
someone has actually dedicated an entire reference to
Group Policies! We can't endorse this book strongly
enough for administrators who are running Active
Directory. No other reference we've seen comes close to
the detail and real word insight provided by this book.
Learn the basics of managing, applying, customizing and
deploying group policies, as well as supporting
IntelliMirror, optimizing Active Directory topology,
troubleshooting conflicts between site and domain level
policies, and setting local policies for stand
alone clients. Each chapter features comprehensive
walkthroughs, screenshots, tables, and invaluable Code
Blue warnings that will keep you from making critical
mistakes. The 100 page Appendix includes a huge Group
Policy Reference as well as sections on using GroupPol
to create Active Directory Objects and migrating Windows
NT domains with the Active Directory Migration Tool.
|Where to find great books at great prices....
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O'Reilly and Associates
Publishers of some of the best books in the industry. Well written, concise, accurate, and great cover art!. If I'm looking for a reference book, I always check O'Reilly first. I've never been disappointed. (This is not a paid endorsement!)