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An Active Directory site is best defined as a group of Active Directory resources that are hosted on a fast, reliable, and very well-connected network. This course details the design and planning of Active Directory sites that help you map the infrastructure to an organizations physical requirements. This includes strategic domain controller placement and the strategic placement of services such as FSMO roles and the Global Catalog. Branch office support is detailed including the use of Read-Only Domain Controllers, the Filtered Attribute Set (FAT), GPMC, and BrancheCache. To end the course the subject area of domain controller virtualization is explained.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the characteristics of Active Directory sites
  • Recognize the advantages of site topology design
  • Recognize some of the site topology owner's responsibilities
  • Describe the key site link settings that define replication traffic
  • Identify the utility that can be used to examine replication hardware
  • Recognize the factors that should be considered when planning the deploying of remote writable domain controller
  • Describe the directory-related tasks supported by the global catalog service
  • Match each FSMO role to level that they operate at
  • Match each FSMO role to its correct description
  • Describe the Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) in Server 2012 R2
  • Recognize the differences between read-only DC and writable DC
  • Identify characteristics of Domain Controller cloning and virtualization
  • Plan an Active Directory site design according to specific requirements
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