Active Directory & Group Policy Lab
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Active Directory & Group Policy Lab

Learn REAL job skills and stack your resume with the experience you will gain in this course!
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Created by Paul Hill
Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 7 hours on-demand video
  • 5 articles
  • 9 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn how to use Active Directory Users and Computers
  • Understand what Group Policy is, how it works, and how to use it in your domain
  • Finally understand GPO (Group Policy Object) precedence!
  • Write Powershell scripts to automate redundant tasks and save yourself from endless hours of repetitive work!
  • Learn how to create test OUs (organizational units) to safely test your new GPOs
  • Manage domain workstations and servers with Group Policy and Active Directory
  • Configure domain user desktop backgrounds and MUCH more!
  • Deploy Software to specific users or computers with Group Policy
  • Use Group Policy Management to secure your domain
  • Learn how to troubleshoot your Group Policy issues!
  • Apply GPOs to target OUs, users and/or computers
  • Create & Secure Network Share Drives and publish them to Active Directory Users and Computers
Requirements
  • Have a computer with Internet
  • Be ready to learn awesome Active Directory and Group Policy stuff =)
  • Prepare to gain on-the-job like experience with Active Directory and Group Policy
  • (Optional) have access to a Domain Controller
Description

This course will is geared to give you the skills you need to level up your career and get a high-paying job! To move up in your career you need to have solid experience that you can qualify when asked about. You need to know what you're talking about and that is what this course is all about.

The topics covered in this course dive deep into Active Directory and Group Policy and will have you up to speed on what you need to know in no time! I do not fluff courses with pointless timefillers. Everything is designed to get you the information you need as quickly as possible.

Who this course is for:
  • Take this course if you want to earn a high paying job in the IT field
  • Take this course if you want to become more skillful in the IT field
Course content
Expand all 74 lectures 06:52:21
+ Introduction
1 lecture 02:32

In this lecture you are going to learn about your instructor (me) and my professional background.

Preview 02:32
+ (Optional) Setting Up a Lab Environment
10 lectures 35:50
Course Lab Setup - Section Overview
00:10
Downloading Windows Server 2016 from Eval Center
00:05
Downloading and Installing VirtualBox
02:03
Creating a Virtual Network with VirtualBox
02:37
Creating a Virtual Machine with VirtualBox
04:46
Configuring the Virtual Machine
02:01
Installing Windows Server 2016
04:56
Basic Server Configuration
07:15
Adding the Active Directory Domain Services
09:55
+ Introduction to Active Directory Users & Computers
7 lectures 01:00:13

In this lecture you are going to learn what Active Directory is as well as how to use the Active Directory Users & Computers console.

Preview 11:24

In this lecture you are going to learn about Organizational Units and Containers. You'll learn how to use them and what their purpose is.

Understanding Organizational Units and Containers
13:36

In this lecture you are going to learn how to create a user account with Active Directory Users and Computers.

Creating User Accounts with AD
07:42

In this lecture I am going to show you how to find and locate Active Directory objects within Active Directory Users and Computers

Searching for Objects in Active Directory
06:50

In this lecture I am going to show you how you can reset user passwords within Active Directory Users and Computers

Preview 05:47

In this lecture you are going to learn about Active Directory security and distribution groups. We will create an example group, add and remove members and memberships before we delete it.

Understanding Groups and Memberships
09:01

In this lecture you are going to learn how to disable and delete user accounts within Active Directory Users and Computers!

Disabling and Deleting User Accounts with Active Directory
05:53

This quiz will test your knowledge on Active Directory Users and Computers! Every question in this quiz covers a very important piece of Active Directory so make sure you can answer all of them correctly!

It's a great idea to take notes as that will greatly help you retain the information in this course!

Active Directory Quiz
5 questions
+ Introduction to Group Policy Management
4 lectures 40:05

In this lecture you are going to learn what Group Policy is and how it is used.

What is Group Policy
06:07

In this lecture you are going to learn all about creating and managing GPOs (Group Policy Objects)

Creating and Linking Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
18:15

In this theory lecture you are going to learn the order (precedence) in which GPOs are applied. This is very confusing for those who are new to Group Policy so I plan on making it very clear for you!

Preview 08:56

In this lecture I am going to show you how to edit GPOs (Group Policy Objects)

Editing GPOs (Group Policy Objects)
06:47
+ Group Policy Troubleshooting
3 lectures 17:33

In this lecture you are going to learn how to use RSOP.msc (Resultan Set of Policy) to troubleshoot Group Policy.

Troubleshooting Group Policy with MMC (RSOP.msc - Resultant Set of Policy)
03:44

In this lecture we are going to look at the "gpresult /r" command and how it can help us troubleshoot Group Policy issues.

Troubleshooting Group Policy with Command Prompt (GPResult /r)
04:52

In this lecture you are going to learn how to utilize non-inheriting Organizational Units for testing and troubleshooting purposes.

Creating Non-Inheriting Organizational Units for GPO Testing / Troubleshooting
08:57
Group Policy Knowledge Test
5 questions
+ Manage Your Workstations
5 lectures 53:27

In this lecture you are going to learn how to configure a desktop wallpaper for your domain computers.

Deploying a Desktop Background to your domain with a GPO (Group Policy Object)
12:04

In this lecture you are going to learn how you can setup a logon banner. This banner will be display when a user enters the ctrl+alt+dec sequence to log in to a domain workstation or server.

Setting up an Logon Banner (Interactive Logon)
04:41

In this lecture you are going to learn how to deploy software (MSI's) to your domain computers / users with Group Policy via a GPO.

Deploying Software with Group Policy
10:42

In this lecture I am going to show you how to setup roaming profiles on a per-user basis. We are going to create a file share for use with roaming profiles, configure the user account(s) in Active Directory, then we will test our setup.

Configuring Roaming Profiles for User Accounts
10:25

In this lecture you are going to learn how to create a file share, publish the share to Active Directory and automatically map it for your domain users based on a group membership.

How to automatically map network share drives with Group Policy
15:35
+ Securing your Domain
4 lectures 30:59

In this lecture you are going to learn how to configure domain password and account lockout policies with Group Policy.

Configuring Domain Password and Account Lockout Policies with Group Policy
07:57

In this lecture you are going to learn how to create a fine grained password policy or password settings object (PSO) for your Active Directory domain.

This allows you as an administrator to define password policies on a per user basis instead of a per computer basis like a Group Policy Object would require. Here is the Powershell command that we will use to verify the PSO is working properly:

Get-ADUser -filter {GivenName -like Paul} –Properties "givenName""msDS-UserPasswordExpiryTimeComputed" | Select-Object -Property "Displayname",@{Name="ExpiryDate";Expression={[datetime]::FromFileTime($_."msDS-UserPasswordExpiryTimeComputed")}}


Deploying Fine Grained Password Policies (PSOs)
11:08

In this lecture you are going to learn how you can configure Windows Firewall settings for your domain computers with a Group Policy Object (GPO)

Configuring Windows Firewall with Group Policy
06:16

Certain Windows vulnerabilities cannot be patched by simply installing updates. Sometimes you will need to configure specific Registry settings on all of your workstations. Watch this lecture to learn how!

Configuring Windows Registry Settings with Group Policy (GPOs)
05:38
+ How to use Powershell with Active Directory
8 lectures 01:31:11

In this lecture I am going to show you how you can get around the following Powershell error when attempting to execute scripts:

File C:\Test.ps1 cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled on this system. For more information, see about_Execution_Policies..

Enabling Script Execution for Powershell
06:20

In this lecture I am going to give you a crash-course on using Windows Powershell with Active Directory. I am going to introduce you to the commands that we will be using in the later lectures so you will have an easier time understanding what is going on when we create more advanced scripts.

Powershell Basics
13:26

In this lecture you are going to learn how you can use Windows Powershell to list users in Active Directory. We will also be covering how to export those lists as CSV files so you can edit them in excel or your preferred spreadsheet editor. You are going to learn how to list users in a certain OU, disabled / expires users, all domain users, users that are members of a certain group, and much more!

Listing AD Users with Powershell
14:02
Configure User Roaming Profile Path with Powershell
07:04

In this lecture you are going to learn how you can easily write Powershell scripts to create Active Directory users!

Creating User Accounts with Powershell
09:56

In this lecture I am going to show you how you can easily write a Powershell script to create Active Directory users from a CSV (comma separated file). This can make creating hundreds or even thousands of AD users very simple, so don't skip out on this lecture!

Creating User Accounts from a CSV (Comma Separated Value) File
14:34

In this lecture we are going to make a script that will cleanup our Active Directory disabled users by automatically moving any disabled users into the "Disabled Users" organizational unit, and it will automatically disable any enabled user accounts that are in the "Disabled Users" OU.

Move All Disabled Users to "Disabled Users OU" with Powershell
07:43

In this lecture we are going to update our script use the first initial of the first name and to allow the creation of users who have the same first initial and last name. Example would be: Patrick Hill = phill, Paul Hill = phill1.

How to create AD accounts with duplicate names
18:06
+ Active Directory Backups
2 lectures 11:11
Creating an Active Directory System State Backup
04:01
Restoring an Active Directory Backup
07:10
+ Conclusion
2 lectures 02:00

In this lecture I am going to explain how you can get your certificate of completion.

How to Get Your Certificate of Completion
00:25
Bonus Lecture
01:34