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Product Details

  • Series: It-Notes from the Field
  • Hardcover: 499 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735608601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735608603
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,723,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Active Directory is probably the single most attractive feature of the Windows 2000 family of operating systems, so it's not surprising it's being implemented by lots of Windows 2000 adopters. Building Enterprise Active Directory Services: Notes from the Field takes a practical, consultant's-eye view of designing and implementing a reliable Active Directory system to fit business needs. In absolute terms, it tells you what you need to know, and how to work with that knowledge to create a system to please customers. Traffic metrics, cost issues, migration from Windows NT 4, and integration with other systems (notably Microsoft Exchange Server and Novell NetWare NDS) are all covered in this book. This is the best Active Directory book to date.

Perhaps most valuable for most readers is a true-life case study involving Compaq Corporation, which (as an advance user of Windows 2000) implemented a company-wide Active Directory system spanning what used to be three large Windows NT 4 environments. The case study details Compaq's needs, and then explains how the company chose its Active Directory topology, established network links among geographically separate sites, and organized its domains. It's a fascinating read, and essential material for anyone working on a project of similar scope. --David Wall

Topics covered: Windows 2000 and its Active Directory feature, geared toward consultants, system administrators, and other professionals charged with making big Active Directory systems work. To this end, the book covers topology design, traffic planning, tree-and-forest relationships, migration, integration, and security. A factual case study about Compaq's implementation includes lots of practical details.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Rager on May 11, 2000
I bought this book based on reviews and my experience with it's 'cousin', "Exchange Server 5.5 Notes From the Field". It was more than worth the money spent! After having taken some of the MCP classes on Windows 2000 AD, this built on those skills with real world scenarios and the bandwidth analysis figures for most every kind of network traffic in Windows 2000 will make it a handy reference in the near future. One thing worth noting outside the technical references of this book are the discussions about project management skills and being able to facilitate the numerous teams required to make the migration to AD happen. Other topics covered are: NDS/LDAP integration, AD scpriting, UNIX/DNS migration/co-existance and Exchange Server integration with the ADC.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lourens van Dyk on March 23, 2000
This is a must-have book for anyone involved in planning and designing AD. It is so good to finally get a book that brings all the bucket loads of technical information together with the real world. After reading this book you'll have a much better understanding of AD and how it relates to your environment. The Compaq case study is especially outstanding. The authors are writting from experience not just giving their version of all the technical information about AD that's out there. This book is definetly well worth the money.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alan C. Smith on March 17, 2000
This book provides some good scenarios for designing Active Directory. It also includes some real world information related to Compaq's planning and implementation of Active Directory on their world-wide network. Because Active Directory is so new and SO different, real examples are very useful at this point for Windows NT administrators looking to bridge to Windows 2000.
There are many books coming out now on Active Directory (one month after Win2k product release) and this is one of the good ones so far. Some have an almost clinical approach to AD, what administrators need now (and this book delivers) is REAL information.
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