2. Presentations

The talks are available on the web in PowerPoint format (v95 and above.) Please note that some of the later presentations were written during the course and are incomplete. They are included here by popular demand, and the gaps will be filled in as soon as possible. There is also at least one particularly horrible sentence in the DNS slides that will one day be rewritten to make sense.

2.1. Session 1

Installation and Naming
Considerations when installing the first domain controller. Naming issues. How to check that it’s worked correctly. Practical to install Active Directory.
Management Tools and Diagnostic Utilities
A look at some of the most useful management tools and utilities. Brief guide to Microsoft Management Console.

2.2. Session 2

Vital for Active Directory — many AD problems result from incorrect DNS configuration. Overview of DNS and how it works. How AD domains relate to DNS domains. How it is set up for ox.ac.uk wrt AD. How to install and configure for ox.ac.uk setup. Common problems people have had so far. Practical to configure DNS and install AD on second server.

2.3. Session 3

Overview of replication. How to check that it is working. How to view replication topology. Initiating replication manually. Brief practical session to view replication connections and initiate replication.
Operations Masters
Overview of operations masters roles. Guidelines for locating them. How to move them. How to seize them if something goes wrong. Utilities to view them. Practical to view, transfer and seize roles.
Time Synchronization
Brief overview and how to set up external time synchronization.

2.4. Session 4

Group Policy
Overview. What it is, where it’s stored, what it does, how to create, delete and manage it. When/how it’s applied. Inheritance of Group Policy. Design considerations/recommendations. Practical to configure some settings.

2.5. Session 5

Group Policy — Software Deployment
Overview of Windows Installer. Information on installing software using Group Policy. Options available. Practical to install some software using Group Policy.
Anything that I can think of that hasn’t been covered elsewhere. Useful things to look at that I don’t know about but which are worth finding out about.

2.6. Session 6

Active Directory Database Maintenance; Backup and Restore
How to backup, restore, move the database and log files. Authoritative and non-authoritative restore of AD. How to recover from catastrophic domain controller failure. Practical to try it all out.
Migration Issues/Question & Answer
Options for migration. Questions/answers/current experiences welcome. Opportunity for discussion?

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