Tutorial: Learn the Basics of Active Directory

You may have been following our series of blog posts on Active Directory basics and best practices that all kinds of IT specialists, from beginners to experienced IT administrators, found useful and insightful.

Today, we compiled a list of all these blog posts so you can easily find the Active Directory topic you are interested in.

This tutorial is a perfect tool to learn Active Directory step-by-step. Now, you can dive deep into Active Directory structure, services, and components, chapter by chapter, and find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Active Directory regarding domain controllers, forests, FSMO roles, DNS and trusts, Group Policy, replication, auditing, and much more.

Get the most out of this content by easily switching from one chapter to another.

Table of contents:

  1. Introduction to Active Directory Services Technologies
  2. Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC)
  3. Evolution of Windows Domain Controller
  4. Best Practices: Deploy and Set Up Domain Controller
  5. SYSVOL Directory
  6. Forests in Active Directory
  7. Best Practices: Active Directory Forests
  8. Active Directory Domain
  9. What Are the 5 FSMO Roles in Active Directory
  10. Trusts in Active Directory
  11. What are Group Policy and Group Policy Objects?
  12. How to Force a Group Policy Update and Refresh It in the Background
  13. Active Directory Database
  14. Active Directory Replication
  15. DNS in Active Directory
  16. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
  17. Securing Active Directory
  18. Active Directory Auditing
  19. Top Seven Challenges with Active Directory

If you want to get all the chapters at once, we’ve got you covered – the AD series has been combined into one PDF document available for free download.

Download Active Directory Tutorial pdf for free >>

What sources – blogs, forums etc – do you use to learn more about Active Directory? Please let us know in the comments to this post.

Jeff is a Director of Global Solutions Engineering at Netwrix. He is a long-time Netwrix blogger, speaker, and presenter. In the Netwrix blog, Jeff shares lifehacks, tips and tricks that can dramatically improve your system administration experience.