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I'm coming from a mainly Linux background, and need to get to grips with the Windows environment: Active Directory, Domain Controllers etc. Can anyone recommend some good resources for an absoloute beginner on these subjects?

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I would try Technet at microsoft.com, and do a search on Active Directory to get some good basics. I also found the Active Directory book by O'Reilly very useful early in my Windows administration career.

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+1 for the Active Directory book, I still use it occasionally today. –  Mike1980 Feb 9 '11 at 19:57

You can get started right from Microsoft:

https://www.microsoft.com/events/series/adaug.aspx

Microsoft's Technet forums are also a great place for quesions - http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/categories

Other then those AD has gone through a few big improvements since Windows 2000, I would suggest any AD/Windows server books based around what your AD is built for (2000,2003,2003R2,2008,2008R2).

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+1 for the virtual labs –  jhayes Feb 9 '11 at 20:28

Also I think it depends on if you want book knowledge or practical knowledge. Here are some good resources you might not find on just googling around. You'll notice a lot of them are from technet, but technet I find generally too large for browsing.

Also if you are familiar with linux ldap - AD will come a lot easier to you. A good place to start might be learning about the different roles of AD.

AD AD Blog: blogs.technet.com/b/ad/

AD powershell blog: blogs.msdn.com/b/adpowershell/

AD services team: blogs.technet.com/b/askds/

Brian Desmond: briandesmond.com/

AD tools: blog.joeware.net/

Jose Barretto: blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/

Open a socket: www.open-a-socket.com/

The life of Brian: msmvps.com/blogs/ad/default.aspx

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Very comprehensive list. Hope you don't mind me making your links active for you. –  RobM Feb 9 '11 at 22:25

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