Microsoft Course 2279 - Planning, Implementing, & Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure —  A 5-Day Course

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Course Synopsis

Please note that this course has been retired and is no longer available. Please see the RETIRED page for courses currently available in this subject area.

This five-day instructor-led M2279 course includes self-paced and instructor-facilitated components. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to successfully plan, implement, and troubleshoot a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory directory service infrastructure. The course focuses on a Windows Server 2003 directory service environment, including forest and domain structure, Domain Name System (DNS), site topology and replication, organizational unit structure and delegation of administration, Group Policy, and user, group, and computer account strategies. This is the sixth course in the Windows Server 2003 Systems Engineer curriculum.

Course Objectives

On completion of this M2279 training course, students will be able to:

Intended Audience

This course is appropriate for individuals who:

Course Prerequisites

Before attending this Windows 2003 Active Directory course, students must have completed:


This course will help the student prepare for the following Microsoft Certified Professional exam:

Course Materials

The student kit includes a comprehensive workbook and other necessary materials for this class.


This course has been retired and is no longer available.

Outline Course Contents

Introduction to Active Directory Infrastructure

This module introduces students to the Active Directory infrastructure, its logical and physical structure, and its function as a directory service. The module also introduces the command-line tools and snap-ins that you can use to examine the components of Active Directory and the Active Directory design, planning, and implementing process.

Implementing an Active Directory Forest and Domain Structure

This module discusses Active Directory installation requirements, how to create a forest and domain structure by using the Active Directory Installation Wizard, and the post-installation tasks you must perform. It also explains how to configure DNS in an Active Directory environment, raise forest and domain functional levels, and create trust relationships.

Implementing an Organizational Unit Structure

This module discusses how to create organizational units, how to delegate common administrative tasks, how to customize the delegation of administrative tasks for an organizational unit, and how to plan the implementation of an organizational unit structure.

Implementing User, Group, and Computer Accounts

This module explains how to plan and implement Active Directory user, group, and computer accounts. It also explains how to create multiple user and computer accounts by using command-line tools such as CSVDE and LDIFDE, and how to manage accounts by using Windows Script Host. The module also explains how to implement User Principle Name (UPN) suffixes.

Implementing Group Policy

Deploying and Managing Software by Using Group Policy

This module explains how to plan and implement a Group Policy strategy to centrally manage users and computers in an enterprise.

Implementing Sites to Manage Active Directory Replication

This module explains how to implement sites to manage and monitor replication in Active Directory. The module presents basic concepts of replication and sites in Active Directory, specifically: creating, configuring, and managing sites; monitoring and troubleshooting replication failures; and planning a site strategy.

Implementing the Placement of Domain Controllers

This module introduces students to the placement of domain controllers. It focuses on the placement and planning of domain controllers, including global catalog servers, and DNS servers that are integrated with Active Directory. The module also discusses guidelines for caching universal group membership for a site.

Managing Operations Masters

This module introduces students to managing operations masters in Active Directory. It explains the purpose of each of the five types of operations masters, how to transfer and seize operations master roles, and how to plan a strategy for placing operations masters.

Maintaining Active Directory Availability

This module explains basic concepts about maintaining Active Directory availability, including how to defragment, move, back up, restore, and monitor an Active Directory database.

Planning and Implementing an Active Directory Infrastructure

This module provides students with the skills to plan and implement an Active Directory service infrastructure based on the business requirements of a fictitious organization.