A few months ago, I was in a situation where I needed to perform a health check on a customer’s Active Directory (AD) infrastructure in preparation for guiding them through the process of migrating directory objects between forests. I’ve worked with AD for years – and am reasonably familiar with the various utilities – but didn’t really have a formalised method for reviewing its health and the political climate was such that I didn’t want to be the one who had missed an obvious diagnostic (no pressure there then!).
Then I found an eBook which turned out to be a fantastic investment – Andrew Abbate’s Digital Shortcut to Performing an Active Directory Health Check. Published by SAMS and supplied in Adobe PDF format (protected with digital rights management), this book gave me a refresher course on the tools and their use, then describes how to carry out the health check, interpret the data, and fix the problems. Sure, it won’t tell you everything you need to know – but it certainly gave me enough to apply the rest of my skills and knowledge to get to the bottom of the issues we were experiencing.
This eBook is available via the Safari online library; however googling also turned up copies available for purchase and download from a variety of online stores – I bought a copy for $9.99 at eBookMall.