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Active Directory Administration Tasks

Active Directory Administration Tools

Using Microsoft Management Console

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ACTIVE DIRECTORY ADMINISTRATION TASKS AND TOOLS

The primary Active Directory administration tasks are configuring and administering Active Directory, administering users and groups, securing network resources, administering the desktop computing environment, securing Active Directory, Managing Active Directory performance, and installing Windows 2000 remotely. The primary Windows 2000 Active Directory administration tools are the Active Directory administrative tools, Microsoft Management Consoles (available in the Administrative Tools Start Group), and the Task Scheduler (available in the Control Panel).

This Tutorial is divided into Four sections:

ACTIVE DIRECTORY ADMINISTRATION TASKS

In this lesson you learn about Active Directory administration tasks, which include configuring Active Directory, administering users and groups, securing network resources, administering Active Directory, administering the desktop computing environment, securing Active Directory, managing Active Directory performance, and installing Windows 2000 remotely.

ACTIVE DIRECTORY ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS

In this lesson you will learn about the Active Directory administrative tools. The Active Directory Domains and Trusts console manages the trust relationships between domains. The Active Directory Sites and Services console creates sites to manage the replication of Active Directory information. The Active Directory Users and Computers console manages users, computers, security groups, and other objects in Active Directory.

The MMC is a tool used to create, save, and open collections of administrative tools, called consoles. MMCs hold one or more management applications, called snap-ins, which you use to perform administrative tasks. Preconfigured MMCs contain commonly used snap-ins, and they appear on the Administrative Tools menu. You create custom MMCs to perform a unique set of administrative tasks. You can use both preconfigured and custom MMCs for remote administration.

You will learn that every MMC has a console tree. The console tree displays the hierarchical organization of the snap-ins that are contained within that MMC. This allows you to easily locate a specific snap-in. The details pane lists the contents of the active snap-in. You also learned that there are two types of snap-ins: standalone snap-ins and extension snap-ins.

You use console options to determine how each MMC operates by selecting the appropriate console mode. The two available console modes are Author mode and User mode. When you save an MMC in Author mode, you enable full access to all MMC functionality, which includes modifying the MMC. When you set an MMC to User mode, users cannot add snap-ins to, remove snap-ins from, or save the MMC.

USING MICROSOFT MANAGEMENT CONSOLES

This section explains how you can use preconfigured consoles and how you can create, use, and modify custom MMCs.

USING TASK SCHEDULER

Use Task Scheduler to schedule programs and batch files to run once, at regular intervals, or at specific times. You can use Task Scheduler to schedule any script, program, or document to start at a specified time and interval or when certain operating system events occur. You can use Task Scheduler to complete many administrative tasks for you.