• MCITP 70-640: Seizing roles
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    MCITP 70-640: Seizing roles

    Welcome to anther free Active Directory training video from ITFreeTraining. In this free video, just one video of the completely free active directory course, I will look at seizing operational master roles. Transferring the role is the safest way to move the operational master role, however if your server becomes permanently offline for any reason this will not be possible. When this occurs you need to seize the role to make it available on anther domain controller. Before making the decision to seize an operational master role you should understand the impact not having that operational master role will have. If there is no impact on your organization it may…

  • Distributed File Server
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    Distributed File Server

    In this section I will look a configuring the distributed file system or DFS. DFS provides a way to manage your file shares in your enterprise to make it easier for your end users to find data. In this video I will first look at what is DFS. DFS was first introduced in windows Server 2000 and since then Microsoft has continue to make improvements. Next I will look at how to install DFS. If you are using Windows Server 2008, there are some additional features you may want to look at. Next I will look at the options you can configure in DFS. Depending on how large your DFS…

  • WSUS
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    In this section I will look at WSUS. WSUS, or Windows Server Update Services provides updates to computers in your organization. Think of it as your own windows update server. Once you start using WSUS, you will find that it can be used on small networks and also scalable to an enterprise network. In this video I will first look at an overview of WSUS and how you can use it in your organization. Following this I will look at prerequisites required to install WSUS and also the hardware requirements of WSUS. Following this I will show you how to install and configure WSUS. A big part of the management…

  • MCITP 70-640: Installing Active Directory on Server Core
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    MCITP 70-640: Installing Active Directory on Server Core

    Here we go again for anther free video for the free Active Directory course. In this video I will look at promoting Windows Server 2008 core to a domain controller. Windows Server 2008 besides the different editions like standard and enterprise comes in the full and core editions. Server core is a scaled down version of Windows Server. It has a lot of the same features as the full edition however the major difference is it has a limited GUI. To perform administration on the server you need to do it from the command prompt. Server core does support remote desktop, however when connect to server core by remote desktop…

  • MCITP 70-640: Domain Groups
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    MCITP 70-640: Domain Groups

    Welcome to IT Free Training. This video continues on where the last video left off looking at the groups that are available in Active Directory. In the last video I looked at the Active Directory groups that are available to Domain Controllers. In this video I will look at the default domain groups that exist in Active Directory listed here. If you are only interested in a particular group you can select the link for that group or in the description for the video jump to that part of the video. In any domain environment, you will want to use the default groups created in Active Directory where possible. Doing…

  • DNS Server for Windows Server 2008
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    DNS Server for Windows Server 2008

    In this section I will look at domain name system or D N S. DNS is a system used to help users locate resources on the internet. In this video I will start with a bit of the background and history of DNS follow by the new features that Windows Server 2008 DNS server has to offer. Next I will cover the components that make up a complete DNS solution. To better understand DNS and how it can work inside your network, I will cover the DNS name space. This will help you understand how you can start creating your own DNS name spaces and what rules you will need…

  • MCITP 70-640: Global Catalog Server
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    MCITP 70-640: Global Catalog Server

    Welcome to the next free video in this free Active Directory free course for the 70-640 exam. In this video I will look at the global catalog server. As we know from the previous videos, each domain in an Active Directory forest has its own copy of the Active Directory database. This is stored in the ntds.dit file and changes are replicated to each domain controller in the domain. This works quiet well when you want to access resources that are only in the one domain, but what happens when you attempt to access a resource in a different part of the forest. If the resource you are trying to…

  • Windows File Server
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    Windows File Server

    In this section I will look at how to configure a file server. Pretty much in any environment that you are using Windows serveR2008 in you are going to need a file server. This may be anything from basic file sharing to advanced enterprise wide solutions. Firstly I will look at NTFS file permissions. NTFS file permissions provide basic security for your files. They decide who has access and who does not. Windows offers a lot of features with file permissions including easy administration through the use of groups. Next I will look a file sharing permissions. File share permission determine what a user can and can’t do when they…

  • MCITP 70-640: Built-in Groups Domain Controllers and Server
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    MCITP 70-640: Built-in Groups Domain Controllers and Server

    Here is the next free video for the Active Directory course. In this video, I look at the default groups that are created in the Domain and locally on Windows Server 2008. In the last video, I looked at the Windows 7 built-in local groups that are available. These groups are also available in Windows Server 2008 and provide the same functionality, so I will not go into these groups again. I will only cover the built-in groups in Windows Server 2008 that do not exist in Windows 7. Before I look at these groups, I first want to look at what happens to the local accounts database on a…

  • Windows Server 2008 Firewall
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    Windows Server 2008 Firewall

    In this section I will look at the windows firewall. The windows firewall was first introduced in windows XP via service pack 2. Since then it has continued to improve. In this video I will first look at why do you need a firewall. Once you have an understanding of why you need a firewall I will look at how firewalls work. The windows firewall has come a long way from being a simple packet filter and now has a lot of features. I will look at these features and how you can use them. Next I will look at firewall profiles. Firewall profiles help you configure the windows firewall…