CIS246 Course Discussions Week 4

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CIS246 Course Discussions Week 4
Learn about Active Directory (AD) in detail, starting with the fundamentals…

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CIS246 Course Discussions Week 4

CIS246 Course Discussions Week 4

All Students Posts – 52 Pages 

Understanding and Applying Active Directory – 24 Pages 

Active Directory (AD) is arguably the most critical component of Windows Server 2008, certainly for larger organizations. It enables corporations to manage and secure their resources from a single directory service and with a common interface—a very powerful tool. Because it is so powerful and offers so many features and capabilities, it sometimes can be complex to those looking at it for the first time. This week, we are going to learn about AD in detail, starting with the fundamentals. As we progress during the week, you will begin to see it’s not that intimidating after all. First, though, let’s get the fundamentals down. What exactly is a directory service and what are some examples in industry? Next, let’s get the definition of Active Directory down—what exactly is it and what benefits does it provide? After this, we’ll look at the details on how it is implemented in the business environment.

AD is basically a database.  It’s a directory that stores information about objects that are used within a network.  It provides hierarchical organization and management access to those objects.  Another aspect to AD is login and authentication services, and also the ability to delegate administrative control.  A couple examples of information it holds are available services, user accounts, and group accounts.  Using an AD makes it easier to manage the network…

Linux Versus Windows Administration – 28 Pages 

In what ways do you think administering Linux is better than Windows? In what ways is Windows better than Linux? This can be with regard to having to manage a single server or multiple servers. Do Linux administrators make more money than those with only Windows experience?

It seems that familiarity and support are some of the biggest issues, especially for entry level businesses. I know that Linux seems to be a better performer in many aspects such as security and stability, but not nearly as many people are familiar with it. I am one of those people. Maybe companies with deeper pockets can really capitalize on Linux because they can hire Linux trained people to provide the necessary support and customized development needed, as is the case with Amazon. I think over the long term, using Linux can be a huge performance cost advantage over Windows systems if a company can overcome the initial hurdles. For turn-key systems with plenty of sales and tech support, Windows is hard to beat…