Active Directory Cookbook, 3rd Edition
Solutions for Administrators & Developers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: December 2008
Pages: 1092

When you need practical hands-on support for Active Directory, the updated edition of this extremely popular Cookbook provides quick solutions to more than 300 common (and uncommon) problems you might encounter when deploying, administering, and automating Microsoft's network directory service.

For the third edition, Active Directory expert Laura E. Hunter offers troubleshooting recipes based on valuable input from Windows administrators, in addition to her own experience. You'll find solutions for the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), ADAM (Active Directory Application Mode), multi-master replication, Domain Name System (DNS), Group Policy, the Active Directory Schema, and many other features. The Active Directory Cookbook will help you:

  • Perform Active Directory tasks from the command line
  • Use scripting technologies to automate Active Directory tasks
  • Manage new Active Directory features, such as Read-Only Domain Controllers, fine-grained password policies, and more
  • Create domains and trusts
  • Locate users whose passwords are about to expire
  • Apply a security filter to group policy objects
  • Check for potential replication problems
  • Restrict hosts from performing LDAP queries
  • View DNS server performance statistics

Each recipe includes a discussion explaining how and why the solution works, so you can adapt the problem-solving techniques to similar situations. Active Directory Cookbook is ideal for any IT professional using Windows Server 2008, Exchange 2007, and Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007, including Active Directory administrators looking to automate task-based solutions.

"It is rare for me to visit a customer site and not see a copy of Active Directory Cookbook on a shelf somewhere, which is a testament to its usefulness. The Cookbook takes the pain out of everyday AD tasks by providing concise, clear and relevant recipes. The fact that the recipes are provided using different methods (graphical user interface, command line and scripting) means that the book is suitable for anyone working with AD on a day-to-day basis. The introduction of PowerShell examples in this latest edition will be of particular interest for those looking to transition from VBScript. Laura has also done a great job in extending the Cookbook in this edition to encompass the broad range of changes to AD in Windows Server 2008."

--Tony Murray, Founder of Activedir.org and Directory Services MVP

"If you already understand Active Directory fundamentals and are looking for a quick solution to common Active Directory related tasks, look no further, you have found the book that you need."

--joe Richards, Directory Services MVP

"The Active Directory Cookbook is the real deal... a soup-to-nuts catalog of every administrative task an Active Directory administrator needs to perform. If you administer an Active Directory installation, this is the very first book you have to put on your shelf."

--Gil Kirkpatrick, Chief Architect, Active Directory and Identity Management, Quest Software and Directory Services MVP

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Fan of the Series

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from Atlanta, GA

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media Active Directory Cookbook, 3rd Edition:

    I became a fan of the series when Robbie Allen released the very first one. Since then, I've been hooked. It's amazing how the book has developed over time to become the monstrosity that it is today. It's enormous, weighing in at over 1000 pages. Though the true value is in all the "recipes" in the book, I really enjoy all the background material that each section provides.

    Each topic has:
    * Problem - the task you need to perform
    * Solution - how to perform it
    * Discussion - additional information about the topic

    It's great to have a reference that succinctly defines the task and the solution without having to read gobs of pages. It's not just limited to scripting as the name may imply. Most solutions are defined for scripting (vbscript, powershell, command shell), however, often times you'll find the gui (graphical user interface) equivalent of how to achieve the task.

    Laura Hunter is a great author and well-respected MVP in the Active Directory space. All of the contributing authors from the past editions are tops in their field and sources of information I have relied on in the past and will continue to do so for as long as I support Active Directory.

    It's time I give up my 2nd Edition Cookbook and make room for this one on my reference shelf. Valuable book!

     
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    Very Useful resource!

    By Jim the Sleepy AD Guy

    from Loganville, GA

    About Me Designer, Developer, Sys Admin

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Active Directory Cookbook, 3rd Edition:

      I have both previous editions of this book, so I hesitated before obtaining this version. Boy was that a mistake! The additions in this edition are definitely keeping up with the modern AD admin/engineer/architect's needs. I looked through the Table of Contents and found elegant and light solutions to answer several compliance related quests for my organization. Unfortunately I had already spent several days developing my own solution. So from a pure cost benefit standpoint, this book would have saved me a good deal of time, and time does equal money.

      Updating many of the scripts for Powershell is an extremely welcome addition. It uses Powershell v1 of course, and many of the Quest cmdlets, I hope to see that updated to v2 in the next edition.

      The format is typical cookbook, which is much appreciated. With a companion scripting/powershell basic guide and a lab/test AD, this book is a really good opportunity to learn scripting and AD. And as a manager of AD engineers, I can absolutely say that if you have the skills to apply these scripts to production situations safely and present the results well, then you are better off than 90% of the people I have interviewed.

      You will likely be more effective as well, since you will spend less time under the hood of AD, and hopefully more time on all the other important things related to your job.

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