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Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services

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This guide is intended to assist designers in the decision-making process by providing a clear and concise path for designing the Active Directory® infrastructure, given the relative context. To develop and implement a successful design of Active Directory, this guide addresses numerous questions that must be answered and the many decisions and strategies that must be determined. Considerations for performance, security, manageability, scalability, and many other criteria must be taken into account if the design is to be successful. This guide, when used in conjunction with product documentation, will help companies confidently plan an Active Directory implementation. A sample job aid is included for recording the decisions made during the design process.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. The Planning and Design Series Approach
    1. Document Approach
    2. Who Should Use This Document
  3. Introduction to Active Directory Planning and Design
    1. Assumptions
    2. Feedback
  4. Active Directory in Microsoft Infrastructure Optimization
    1. Infrastructure Architecture and Business Architecture
    2. Decisions
    3. Decision Flow
    4. Information Collection
    5. Applicable Scenarios
    6. Out of Scope
  5. Step 1: Determine the Number of Forests
    1. Option 1: Single Forest
    2. Option 2: Multiple Forests
      1. How Many Forests?
    3. Evaluating the Characteristics
    4. Validating with the Business
    5. Tasks and Considerations
    6. Decision Summary
    7. Additional Reading
  6. Step 2: Determine the Number of Domains
    1. Option 1: Single Domain
    2. Option 2: Multiple Domains
      1. How Many Domains?
    3. Evaluating the Characteristics
    4. Validating with the Business
    5. Decision Summary
    6. Additional Reading
  7. Step 3: Assign Domain Names
    1. Task 1: Assign the NetBIOS Name
    2. Task 2: Assign the DNS Name
    3. Validating with the Business
    4. Decision Summary
    5. Additional Reading
  8. Step 4: Select the Forest Root Domain
    1. Option 1: Use a Planned Domain
    2. Option 2: Dedicated Forest Root Domain
    3. Evaluating the Characteristics
    4. Validating with the Business
    5. Decision Summary
  9. Step A1: Design the OU Structure
    1. Task 1: Design OU Configuration for Delegation of Administration
    2. Task 2: Design OU Configuration for Group Policy Application
    3. Decision Summary
    4. Additional Reading
  10. Step B1: Determine Domain Controller Placement
    1. Task 1: Hub Locations
    2. Task 2: Satellite Locations
    3. Validating with the Business
    4. Tasks and Considerations
    5. Decision Summary
    6. Additional Reading
  11. Step B2: Determine the Number of Domain Controllers
    1. Task 1: Determine Number of Domain Controllers
    2. Task 2: Determine Type of Domain Controller Placed in Location
    3. Decision Summary
  12. Step B3: Determine Global Catalog Placement
    1. Task 1: Determine Global Catalog Locations and Counts
      1. Are There Any Applications That Need a Global Catalog Server Running at the Location?
      2. Is the Number of Users at the Location Greater Than 100?
      3. Is the WAN Link 100 Percent Available?
      4. Do Many Roaming Users Work at the Location?
      5. Can Universal Group Membership Caching Suffice?
      6. How Many Global Catalogs?
    2. Validating with the Business
    3. Decision Summary
    4. Additional Reading
  13. Step B4: Determine Operations Master Role Placement
    1. Task 1: FSMO Placement
    2. Decision Summary
    3. Tasks and Considerations
    4. Additional Reading
  14. Step C1: Create the Site Design
    1. Task 1: Create a Site for the Location
    2. Task 2: Associate Location to Nearest Defined Site
    3. Decision Summary
    4. Additional Reading
  15. Step C2: Create the Site Link Design
    1. Task 1: Determine the Site Link Design
    2. Decision Summary
    3. Additional Reading
  16. Step C3: Create the Site Link Bridge Design
    1. Option 1: Default Behavior
    2. Option 2: Custom Site Link Bridge
    3. Evaluating the Characteristics
    4. Decision Summary
    5. Additional Reading
  17. Step D1: Determine Domain Controller Configuration
    1. Task 1: Identify Minimum Disk Space Requirements for Each Domain Controller
    2. Task 2: Identify Memory Requirements for Each Domain Controller
    3. Task 3: Determine CPU Requirements
    4. Task 4: Identify Network Requirements for Each Domain Controller
    5. Tasks and Considerations
    6. Decision Summary
    7. Additional Reading
  18. Conclusion
    1. Additional Reading
  19. Design Job Aid
  20. Acknowledgments