Hi Rob here. Below you will find my “supplemental” links and further reading discussed during my workshop delivery. The list gets updated frequently, so be sure to visit often. It is tailored to Windows 2008 Directory Services workshop delivered by Premier Field Engineers Globally. Click here for more info

Microsoft DS related blogs:

http://blogs.technet.com/askds/ <- Ask the Directory Services Team

http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/ <-The File Cabinet (@ Storage Team)

http://blogs.technet.com/grouppolicy/default.aspx <- The Group Policy Team

From class:

AES 256-bit: (Key take-away: Beats 3DES!)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749438(WS.10).aspx

DNSSEC in R2: (Key take-away: Secure DNS capabilities for secure & gov’t installations)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd378952(WS.10).aspx

Using DNSEC & Overview: (Key take-away: A good background…)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc728328(WS.10).aspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755343(WS.10).aspx

[IPV6] How to disable certain Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) components in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929852 [Not recommended]

[Manage FW from command line] How to use the "netsh advfirewall firewall" context instead of the "netsh firewall" context to control Windows Firewall behavior in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Vista:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947709

The great software repository @ Codeplex: (repldiag.exe, coreconfig.iso, other great tools!)

http://www.codeplex.com

General supplemental links:

Windows Server 2008 "How Do I?" Videos <- very cool stuff

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/dd334524.aspx

User Account Control Step-by-Step Guide:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709691(WS.10).aspx

Appendix of Unattended Installation Parameters <- to be used in Core Server installs

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732086(WS.10).aspx

Appendix of Functional Level Features <- from 2000 all the way to 2008 R2

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771132(WS.10).aspx

FAS (Filtered Attribute Set) & confidential bit (set both at same time):

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922836

Steps : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772331(WS.10).aspx

Planning and Deploying Read-Only Domain Controllers:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ae33a129-ff41-4bec-b2b7-6ddcd4998828&DisplayLang=en

Designing RODCs in the Perimeter Network (DMZ):

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd728028(WS.10).aspx

Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) Branch Office Guide:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0b2a6fcb-8b78-4677-a76c-2446039ab490

Core Configurator (Core Server) + ReplDiag tool (Lingering Object cleanup + several other useful tools):

http://www.codeplex.com/CoreConfig

http://activedirectoryutils.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=13664

Server Core Installation Option Getting Started Guide:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753802(WS.10).aspx

Server Manager Step-by-Step Guide: Scenarios

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753762(WS.10).aspx

Several great Windows 2008 Step-by-Step Guides:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=518d870c-fa3e-4f6a-97f5-acaf31de6dce&displaylang=en

DFS Replication: What’s new in Windows Server 2008 (Blog by Storage Team @ Microsoft)

http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/archive/2007/12/26/what-s-new-in-windows-server-2008.aspx

Plus more on SYSVOL FRS>DFSR Migration: http://blogs.technet.com/askds/archive/2009/01/05/dfsr-sysvol-migration-faq-useful-trivia-that-may-save-your-follicles.aspx

Master Group Policy Site: (Tons of good stuff, including videos, step-by-step guides, etc)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/grouppolicy/default.aspx

Group Policy Detailed list of changes in functionality: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc725828(WS.10).aspx

Power Shell 2.0 Getting Started Guide:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa973757(VS.85).aspx

R2 Updates:

Basic Overview:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/overview.aspx

New R2 Technical Overview PowerPoint: <- great refresher

http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/C/2/8C21BAFE-3432-48D1-962A-F7A9DD54A2AC/Windows%20Server%202008%20R2%20-%20A%20Technical%20Overview.pptx

R2 Core Server (DISM.EXE/sconfig) <- new

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee441260(WS.10).aspx