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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (8 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470287209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470287200
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There's no doubt Active Directory is one of the most talked about features of Windows 2000 but its complexity can present an exponential learning curve. In the style typical of this range of books, Active Directory for Dummies aims to cut through the fog and offer a clear, step-by-step guide to this key feature of Microsoft's flagship.

The book targets a wide audience ranging from the merely curious right up to NT administrators looking at migrating to Windows 2000. The author starts with a gentle introduction to Active Directory explaining its purpose and structure and how trees and forests fit into the big picture. Without delay she whisks you on to planning and building your first structure where you'll see the close relationship between Active Directory and DNS, find out how to create a logical structure and measure available bandwidth using the trial software on the accompanying CD-ROM.

Migration tactics compare Windows NT and 2000 domains and the section on upgrade options also includes some useful hints on switching from Novell NDS, UNIX and even Banyan Vines. The tour's next destination is Managing Active Directory and the section on administering users is supported by plenty of screen shots.

The author's efforts to cut through the jargon do leave this book lacking in some areas and the technically aware would be better served with Alistair G Lowe-Norris's Windows 2000 Active Directory. However, the author's easy-going style and slightly irreverent approach will be appreciated by many, making this an ideal introduction to Active Directory.--Dave Mitchell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fully updated with all the exciting AD enhancements! Design and deploy Active Directory to simplify policy and security management This is not your dad′s AD! Whether you just need to upgrade your knowledge from previous versions or you′re starting fresh with Active Directory, this guide will get you rolling. Grow your AD capabilities with Domain Services, Lightweight Directory Services, Federation Services, Certificate Services, Rights Management Services, and more! Discover how to: Plan the DNS namespace Use trees and forests Map the network infrastructure Create and enforce network policies Manage replication traffic Edit user objects

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aux on 30 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
there's not much you can say about dummies books apart from it 'does what it says on the tin'. If you want to know about AD in tyhe win2k environment from a practical point of view then this book is definately for you. It is aimed at the beginner and has pplenty of analogies for getting the point home.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Griffiths on 28 Aug. 2003
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These books are primarily aimed at easily intimidated users, so being still easily intimidated after 10 years it IT, I found this book a great starting point for studying for the Active Directory MCP exam. Indeed, I found some things explained so well that some some concepts that I struggled thorough for other MCP exams were explained away with ease. A lot of the other more 'technical' study guides are largely a copy of the often vague or incomplete Windows help files, but this book rarely falls into this trap.
To emphasize though, you still need to go away and practice on a real system and learn more than is covered in the book to have a confident attempt at the exam, though the book does give good starting points.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carl on 16 Oct. 2010
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This book may be useful as a reference source however it takes 5 chapters to get into anything useful to a beginner 'dummy'. I think it could be useful but not a beginner learning book really. I would have preferred a book set at a level where the basics are covered step by step with better colour explanations and A4 pages. I know this would have increased the cost but I would rather have learned a few really useful things that I understanmd than have patchy knowledge of basic through to more advanced concepts.
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A good book to give you some idea of AD but felt that it needed to have a bit more inforrmation. If you looking to sit the 70-640 exam this book itself would not do the job. But will be good to provide a summary of AD for you. Something that you can skim through before a job interview or something.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "pmaloney17" on 20 May 2005
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This book is a fair introduction to Active Directory but is based on a beta of windows 2000, so some of the information isn't correct.
There is no mention of the changes made in the release version of 2000 or of those made in 2003 Server.
The Visio trial is date locked, and the date expired on Jan 1st 2001.
Unlike other Dummies books this one doesn't go into enough detail to act as a reference after reading it.
There are much better books for Active Directory that act as an introduction and a reference.
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