Enterprise Management Guide: Dissecting the Active Directory architecture

Managing Active Directory can be a complicated and confusing process at times, even for the most experienced IT managers. Having a good understanding of Active Directory components is key to proper design, implementation and troubleshooting of a network. In this series, expert Dean Wells breaks down several components of the Active Directory architecture.

Dean Wells

Managing Active Directory can be a complicated and confusing process at times, even for the most experienced IT managers. Having a good understanding of Active Directory components is key to proper design, implementation and troubleshooting of a network.

In this series, expert Dean Wells breaks down several components of the Active Directory architecture, and offers advice for proper AD management.

Dissecting the Active Directory architecture

  • Part 1: Infrastructure Master
  • Part 2: Cross-references and phantoms
  • Part 3: Foreign security principals
  • Part 4: SID filtering and trust relationships
  • Part 5: Tickets, tokens and the authentication process
  • Part 6: SID filtering, usage scenarios and configuration
  • Dean Wells has been in the information technology industry since 1987 providing consulting and training services on the leading platforms. Originally from the U.K., he is now the Director of Technology Solutions and a co-founder of MSEtechnology, a consulting/training organization. Dean is a Microsoft Directory Services and Security MVP and delivers internal-only classes to Microsoft Product Support Services on Windows Infrastructure technologies.

    This was first published in November 2006

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