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Mastering Active Directory: From Basics to Domain Setup

Active Directory Fundamentals: A Practical Guide to Setup and Management

Emilio Aguero


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2.5 hours · Self-paced
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Covering fundamental concepts, installation, and practical management, this course equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to confidently set up and administer domain controllers, create and manage user accounts, implement Group Policies, troubleshoot AD issues, and apply security best practices.

Whether you're a novice or an experienced technician looking to bolster your AD capabilities, this course offers a structured and hands-on approach to mastering this vital component of modern IT infrastructure.


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2h 28m
    • 1: What we'll learn 02:54
    • 2: Overview of Domains and AD 05:50
    • 3: Setup a Windows Server 12:46
    • 4: Building a Domain Controller for AD 19:16
    • 5: Let's look at AD 13:03
    • 6: Users + Computers 26:24
    • 7: OU’s and Creating users in AD 11:50
    • 8: Resetting user passwords 03:26
    • 9: Disabling Accounts 01:47
    • 10: Set logon hours for accounts 02:20
    • 11: Creating a new Computer Accounts 08:26
    • 12: Security Groups + Process Accounts 22:01
    • 13: Domain +Enterprise Admins 03:00
    • 14: Connecting Computers to AD 12:45
    • 15: What's Next? 02:01

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This comprehensive training program provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to become proficient in Active Directory (AD) management. Active Directory is a cornerstone of modern IT infrastructure, and this course offers a structured journey from foundational concepts to practical implementation.

Understanding Domains and AD Basics:

    • Definition and significance of domains in network environments.
    • The role of Active Directory (AD) and domain controllers in user and resource management.

Setting Up a Windows Server:

    • Step-by-step process for setting up a Windows Server.
    • Ensuring a solid foundation for AD deployment.

Building and Configuring a Domain Controller:

    • Detailed instructions on creating and configuring a domain controller.
    • Post-installation configurations and best practices.

Using AD:

    • Practical hands-on experience in utilising AD.
    • Creating and managing user accounts, groups, and organizational units (OUs) within an AD environment.

Who is this course for?

  1. IT Professionals: This course is for IT pros seeking to master Active Directory and domain controller management.

  2. Entry-Level IT Enthusiasts: Perfect for IT beginners looking to build a strong foundation in Active Directory.

  3. IT Managers and Decision-Makers: Ideal for managers and decision-makers in IT who want to understand the basics of Active Directory for informed decision-making.

  4. Career Changers: Tailored for individuals transitioning to IT careers, providing essential Active Directory knowledge and skills.

  5. Existing Active Directory Administrators: Helpful for experienced administrators to refresh skills, explore advanced topics, and troubleshoot effectively.


Basic understanding of IT concepts, including familiarity with Windows operating systems and fundamental networking principles. Additionally, possessing essential computer skills and a willingness to learn are essential prerequisites for successful participation.

Career path

After completing this course, participants can pursue careers as systems administrators utilising their expertise in Active Directory to manage network infrastructures. This course provides a versatile skillset that opens doors to a range of IT roles, from technical positions to leadership and consulting opportunities.

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