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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

My AD troubleshooting course is now available as an open course!

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to troubleshoot a Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure in an enterprise environment.
This course is intended for senior support professionals, architects, engineers and consultants responsible for maintaining a Microsoft Active Directory environment.
This course requires that students meet the following prerequisites:

  • MOC course 2279 - Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure.

  • Hands-on experience of troubleshooting Microsoft Active Directory environments.
Trainer and Training Center Qualification
Only trainers and training centers authorized in writing by Quality Advice AB may deliver this course. If the trainer and/or training center can’t prove authorization in writing, please contact Quality Advice AB at, as the course materials are being used illegally.

The course is designed by Jimmy Andersson, Principal Advisor at Quality Advice AB. More information about courses and consultancy, please contact Quality Advice AB at

Overview of course material

Module 1
  • Active Directory Data Store

  • DSA

  • Database Layer

  • ESE

  • Data Store Protocols

  • Data Store Physical Structure

  • Security Descriptor

  • Database Issues

  • Database and Log File Tasks

  • Database Integrity
Module 2
  • Object Deletions

  • Lingering Objects

  • Tools
Module 3
  • Account Lockout Troubleshooting

  • Monitoring Account Lockout

  • Analyzing Information

  • Account Lockout Tools
Module 4
  • FRS Architecture

  • FRS Physical Structure

  • FRS Objects in Active Directory

  • FRS Troubleshooting
Module 5
  • DFS-Related Architecture on DCs

  • DFS Physical Structures and Caches on DCs

  • DFS Troubleshooting

Module 6
  • Replication Architecture

  • Replication Subsystem

  • Replication Model

  • Replication Sequence

  • Data Updates

  • Identifying Replication Partners
Module 7
  • Replication Monitoring Tools

  • Replication Troubleshooting
Module 8
  • FSMO

  • FSMO Failures
Module 9
  • PDC Load Management

  • PDC Emulator Load Reduction

  • Symptoms of Overload

  • Steps to Optimize PDC

  • Load Reduction Techniques (DNS)

  • Load Reduction Techniques (WINS)

  • Block Enumeration
Module 10
  • Non-Authoritative Restore

  • Authoritative Restore

  • Forest Recovery

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