Active Directory design considerations: part 8 (summary and further information)

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Over the last few days, I’ve written a series of posts about design considerations for Microsoft Active Directory (AD), based on the MCS Talks: Enterprise Infrastructure series of webcasts. Just to summarise, the posts so far have been:

  1. Introduction.
  2. Forest and domain design.
  3. Organisational Units.
  4. Group policy objects.
  5. Security groups.
  6. Domain controller placement and site design.
  7. Domain controller configuration and DNS.

Just to finish the series it’s worth noting that implementing Active Directory is an iterative process. As business and technical application requirements change, so might the optimum directory configuration, particularly after major infrastructure changes such as a network upgrade.

The MCS Talks series is still running (and there are additional resources to compliment the second session on core infrastructure). I also have some notes from the third and fourth sessions on messaging and security that are ready to share so, if you’re finding this information useful, make sure you have subscribed to the RSS feed!

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