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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, 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:

Microsoft's Technet forums are also a great place for quesions -

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:

AD powershell blog:

AD services team:

Brian Desmond:

AD tools:

Jose Barretto:

Open a socket:

The life of Brian:

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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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