Active Directory – Link Collection

Some links to get startet with Active Directory, planning your AD Infrastructure, or when you ask yourself – What was that again?

Basics

Everything you need to get started with Active Directory (very good collection!)
http://blogs.technet.com/b/ashleymcglone/archive/2012/01/03/everything-you-need-to-get-started-with-active-directory.aspx

Understanding Active Directory
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781408(v=ws.10).aspx

Operations Master & FSMO Roles

Active Directory FSMO roles in Windows
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/197132

FSMO placement and optimization on Active Directory domain controllers
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/223346

Designating a Standby Operations Master
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794737(v=ws.10).aspx

Functional Levels

Understanding Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Functional Levels
https://technet.microsoft.com/library/understanding-active-directory-functional-levels(WS.10).aspx

What is the Impact of Upgrading the Domain or Forest Functional Level?
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2011/06/14/what-is-the-impact-of-upgrading-the-domain-or-forest-functional-level.aspx

Replication

How Active Directory Replication Topology Works
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755994(v=WS.10).aspx

Logon and DC Locator

The DC Locator Process, The Logon Process, Controlling Which DC Responds in an AD Site, and SRV Records
http://blogs.msmvps.com/acefekay/2010/01/03/the-dc-locator-process-the-logon-process-controlling-which-dc-responds-in-an-ad-site-and-srv-records/

Domain Controller Locator : an overview
http://blogs.technet.com/b/arnaud_jumelet/archive/2010/07/05/domain-controller-locator-an-overview.aspx

Domain Locator Across a Forest Trust
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2008/09/24/domain-locator-across-a-forest-trust.aspx

Active Directory Sites

Sites Sites Everywhere… (and why they are important)
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2011/04/29/sites-sites-everywhere.aspx

Security

Best Practice Guide for Securing Active Directory Installations
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773365(v=ws.10).aspx

Best Practice Guide for Securing Active Directory Installations and Day-to-Day Operations: Part I
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727065.aspx

Best Practice Guide for Securing Active Directory Installations and Day-to-Day Operations: Part II
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727066.aspx

Virtualization

Introduction to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Virtualization (Level 100)
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831734.aspx

Running Domain Controllers in Hyper-V
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/d2cae85b-41ac-497f-8cd1-5fbaa6740ffe(v=ws.10)

Virtualize your Windows Server 2012 domain controllers
http://www.virtualizationadmin.com/blogs/lowe/news/virtualize-your-windows-server-2012-domain-controllers-265.html

Virtual Domain Controllers and Windows Server 2012 Improvements
http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=13171

Virtual Domain Controller Cloning in Windows Server 2012
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2012/10/01/virtual-domain-controller-cloning-in-windows-server-2012.aspx

Keeping your Virtual Active Directory Domain Controllers Safe
http://www.hyper-v.nu/archives/hvredevoort/2013/07/keeping-your-virtual-active-directory-domain-controllers-safe/

Design Guides

Planning to Upgrade Active Directory Domains
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731314(v=ws.10).aspx

AD DS Design Guide
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754678(v=ws.10).aspx

Planning Domain Controller Placement
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754920(v=WS.10).aspx

Planning Operations Master Role Placement
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754889(v=ws.10).aspx

Planning Operations Master Role Placement (2003)
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773367(v=WS.10).aspx

FSMO placement and optimization on Active Directory domain controllers
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/223346

Capacity Planning

Capacity Planning for Active Directory Domain Services
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/14355.capacity-planning-for-active-directory-domain-services.aspx

Assess Hardware Requirements
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753439(WS.10).aspx

Sites & Replication

Enable Change Notifications between Sites – How and Why?
http://blogs.technet.com/b/qzaidi/archive/2010/09/23/enable-change-notifications-between-sites-how-and-why.aspx

Microsoft Azure

Guidelines for Deploying Windows Server Active Directory on Azure Virtual Machines
https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/azure/jj156090.aspx

Backup & Restore

Backing Up Active Directory Domain Services
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc816584(v=ws.10).aspx

AD DS Backup and Recovery Step-by-Step Guide
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771290(v=ws.10).aspx

Active Directory Backup and Restore in Windows Server 2008
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2008.05.adbackup.aspx?pr=blog

The Storage Team at Microsoft – File Cabinet Blog
http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2009/05/04/deciding-between-system-state-backup-and-allcritical-backup-in-windows-server-2008.aspx

Scheduling Regular Full Server Backups of a Domain Controller
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754843(v=ws.10).aspx

Steps for Backing Up and Recovering AD DS
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753359(v=ws.10).aspx

Best Practices for AD DS Backup and Recovery
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753294(v=ws.10).aspx

Introduction to Administering Active Directory Backup and Restore
From <https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc738755(v=ws.10).aspx>

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