Microsoft Course M2282 - Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory & Network Infrastructure —  A 5-Day Course

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This course has now been retired. Please see the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 section for a list of current courses.

Course Synopsis

This instructor-led Active Directory M2282 training course provides students with the knowledge and skills to design an Active Directory directory service and network infrastructure for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 environment.

Course Objectives

On completion of this M2282 training course, students should be able to:

Intended Audience

This Active Directorty course is intended for:

Course Prerequisites

This Active Directory course requires delegates to:


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 Designing an Active Directory and Network Infrastructure

This module introduces general design principles and the process of designing a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory infrastructure.

Designing a Forest and Domain Infrastructure

This module covers the first major design decisions when creating an Active Directory and network infrastructure. The Active Directory logical structure and the design of forests and domains. Key elements of the forest and domain design are naming and, in the case of a multiple-forest design, trusts. These decisions must take into account any existing structure and provide a migration solution from the existing structure to the new design.

Designing a Site Infrastructure

This module explains how to design a site topology to organize the Windows Server 2003 network in your organization and optimize the exchange of data and directory information.

Designing the Administrative Structure

This module explains how to design your administrative structure to delegate authority and simplify administrative overhead and design an organizational unit structure in a Windows Server 2003 environment.

Designing for Group Policy

This module describes how to gather and analyze business requirements and other data and then use that data to design a Group Policy structure and integrate the structure into an organizational unit design. It describes the role of Group Policy in the Active Directory infrastructure and factors in choosing particular implementations, such as security, software deployment, and administrative requirements. The module also covers why and how to design a change management structure.

Designing the Physical Network

This module describes how to gather business requirements and other data and then analyze and use that data to design the physical network. It explains how to design a connectivity infrastructure, with considerations for intrasite and intersite connectivity, router placement, connection types, and virtual private networks (VPNs). It also describes how to design a domain controller structure and how to use the Active Directory Sizer tool.

The module also covers why and how to design a change management structure for networking, including monitoring. Finally, the students will create a physical network according to a scenario.

Designing for Network Connectivity

This module describes how to design networking services for connectivity and protocol requirements for organizations. Also, this module describes networking solutions that establish a network foundation, provide access to public networks, and support network-based applications and authentication methods.

Designing a Name Resolution Strategy

This module describes the relationship between Active Directory and DNS domain names, Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), and other name-resolution strategies.

Designing the Network Access Infrastructure

This module describes how to design a network access infrastructure by gathering relevant data, and then analyzing and using that data to design for network access security, remote access, and wireless access. The module includes strategies for authentication, administration, access monitoring, interoperability, and user education.