3 simple time saving tricks in Active Directory

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Active Directory has always captivated me.  I know that sounds silly but it’s true.

When I was still a young buck in college, I remember logging into the computer lab and hearing rumors how the machines were “locked down” by the despotic Network Administrator.  I attended a small liberal arts state school so I knew exactly who the Network Administrator was (he was actually a student just like me!) but I couldn’t figure out why he would want to lock me down.  After all, I was a Computer Science major like him so why didn’t he trust me not to break the box?  It’s not like I was one of those impetuous English majors who clicked every link that said “Act now!”

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Understanding Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2 (Part 3 of 3)

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Welcome to the final part of our three part series on Understanding Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2.

I gave you the theory behind Active Directory in my first post.

In the second post, I showed you step-by-step how to setup the Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2.

In this post, you’re going to learn:

  • How to create an Organizational Unit (OU)
  • How to create your first User
  • How to join a Windows 8.1 Pro workstation to your new Active Directory Domain.

Let’s go!  You’ve becoming an Active Directory maestro.

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Understanding Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2 (Part 2 of 3)

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In the previous post, I gave you a conceptional overview of Active Directory.

In this post, we’re going to put our fingers to the keys and actually begin installing it from scratch in Windows Server 2012 R2.

You’re going to learn:

  • How to add the Active Directory Domain Service option on your server
  • How to promote the server to a Domain Controller
  • Learn what about common features and when to use them

Let’s freggin’ do this!

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Understanding Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 R2 (Part 1 of 3)

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Active Directory! Help!

What the heck is Active Directory (AD) anyway?  I know the first time I was learning about Active Directory it scared the crap out of me.

I felt like an ant under the foot of an snotty nosed fifth grader.  The sheer weight of the system was crushing.

That’s why in this guide I’m going slice through the confusion and help you understand Active Directory in detail.

After reading this series you’ll know:

  • The purpose of Active Directory (why do we even have it?)
  • How Active Directory is structured
  • All about objects and why we need them
  • How to install Active Directory and joining our first PC to our Domain Controller.

There’s a lot to cover and I know this can be a boring topic.  But I promise if you stick with me you’ll really understand everything you need to get going with this wonderful tool.

You might even laugh a few times while learning lol.

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How to setup an Active Directory domain controller in VirtualBox

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Over the next three days I’m going to show you how to setup Active Directory and join a PC to your new domain but I want you to know this isn’t something you can learn by reading.  You need to do it.

You need to sit in front of a real Windows Server 2012 machine.  You need to join a real Windows workstation to the domain.  You need to interact with the software.

But how can you realistically do this?  Well there are two options; no wait – three options:

  1. You could completely abase yourself by buying your boss’s children Christmas presents so he would be more amenable to letting you setup a lab in the office.
  2. You could cough up a butt load of money to buy real equipment
  3. You could setup a free virtual environment on your computer in a completely isolated network.  Then you could install Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 virtual machines and configure a virtual switch to connect both computers.

Are you with me on option 3? I hope so!  Let me show you how simple it is to pull this off.

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