Windows Server 2012, Part 3: AD and IP Addresses

with expert JC Mackin

When you start learning about Active Directory, you know you’re really getting into the meat of Windows network administration. In this course we’ll be starting from scratch, defining Active Directory and going on a tour of the graphical user interface, looking at the database itself, objects in the database, and the tools you use to configure it. We’ll be looking at the Active Directory hierarchy, with its forests, domains, and Organizational Units, or OUs. Next, we’ll talk about how to promote servers to be domain controllers, a process which has changed significantly in Windows Server 2012. Finally, we’ll be covering how to perform both basic Active Directory administration as well as some advanced concepts, tools, and techniques. Next we’ll be taking an exam-centric view of IP addressing. We’ll talk about IP version 4 addresses in the context of address blocks, and how the size of an address block varies with the subnet mask. Then we’ll give you tricks to help you quickly determine the address block size you need for a given network. Finally, we’ll be looking at the basics of IP version 6, what these addresses look like, the different categories of IPv6 addresses, and how to tell them apart.

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