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Inspire Workshop Series with Dell & CMS

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For the last couple of days we have been delivering a series of workshops written over the summer by Myself and Mike Holder from CMS Consulting. During the sessions based around AD we have been looking at fundamentals, deployment, troubleshooting and security. Tomorrow we embark on viewing the Windows Server System as a whole to leverage components for a solutions from locking down workstations, providing remote support and securing your environment. Beyond this we will be exploring creating a secure well managed infrastructure by leveraging tools like MOM and SMS as well as techniques around patch management and software deployment.

During the sessions I have been sharing various links and thought I would share them with all of you...

Introduction to Administering Active Directory 
Active Directory – Learn the Basics and Master Advanced Concepts
TechNet Virtual Labs

Administering Active Directory Operations
Best Practice Active Directory Deployment for Managing Windows Networks
Windows Server 2003 Technology Centers

Windows Server 2003 Security Guide
Troubleshooting Group Policy;en-us;810739 
Group Policy Management

Microsoft Active Directory
Domain Name System (DNS) Center
Microsoft Security Advisories

Windows Server 2003 Active Directory
Designing and Deploying Directory and Security Services
Active Directory Replication Concepts

Troubleshooting Group Policy;en-us;810739 
Loopback Processing of Group Policy
Group Policy Management Console

Replmon Overview
Microsoft Active Directory Disaster Recovery;en-us;325560 
Using Ntdsutil.exe to transfer or seize FSMO roles to a domain controller 

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 IPsec page at
Account Passwords and Policies
How Certificate Services Works
Windows Server 2003 PKI Operations Guide

I will update you with more useful links over the week. Let me know if you have any others you can share with us all.

  • Hi,

    I'm with the Calgary UNIX Users Group (CUUG) and we're interested in having someone do a presentation onb MSH, the new Microsoft shell. If you will be in Calgary in early 2006 we'd love to hear from you.

    I can be reached at robertsa at

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