Active Directory Book 

One of the most rewarding projects I've gotten to work on in my career is writing books. Pictured right is Active Directory, 5th Edition published by O'Reilly, the update to my 4th Edition of this Active Directory book. If you're looking for an in depth, up-to-date, accurate, and highly technical Active Directory reference, look no further. I updated the 5th Edition of this best selling title to cover Windows Server 2012 and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) as well as a variety of other new topics. The chapters on Active Directory design principles have been completely rewritten with all new case studies. If you own the fourth edition, you'll find the following core improvements:

  • Dynamic Access Control
  • Virtualization Safeties
  • Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)
  • Kerberos
  • LDAP Query Filters
  • Group Policy Preferences
  • Active Directory Recycle Bin
  • Active Directory Management Tools
  • Windows PowerShell Scripting
  • New user interface features
  • Lots of new and updated diagrams and figures (over 300!)
  • Script bug fixes and enhancements

One of the things Joe Richards talks about on his website for the 3rd Edition of this book which he wrote is how and why there aren't really that many good technology books out there. I completely agree with everything he says. Everything I wrote for this update comes from years of experience successfully running Active Directory for organizations small, medium, and large. I wrote the 4th and 5th Editions of this book in the evenings and weekends after my day job as an enterprise Active Directory consultant.

Where To Buy

Naturally, I'd encourage you to pick up a copy whether you own a previous edition or are just looking for a top notch Active Directory title. There's a couple places you can find Active Directory:

If you've got any questions or comments on this book, feel free to get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you!