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I am a Beginner to the IT Field, I would Like to know The Concept and Working of Active Directory from Basics. Can you Provide Some Materials / Sites Where I can Get the Entire Knowledge of Active Directory.
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actually if you want to know about active directory you have to learn about domain/client concepts and windows server operating system
i suggest to learn MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer) it's the right way to start learn all about windows server and client and the other Services related to the windows server (Active directory, DHCP, DNS)
there's many resources available on the internet for this certificate, but i will suggest to attend the course or use the tutorial videos on the internet, the best one is CBT Nuggets CD's, you will fiend them in this link http://www.cbtnuggets.com/webapp/product?id=251
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Where I can Get the Entire Knowledge of Active Directory
Man the entire knowledge of AD is a lot :)
Take a look at "my favorite books" list on my blog
http://adisfun.blogspot.com/
Those four books are really good.  Two of the authors (Laura Hunter and Brian Desmond) are regular contributors to this AD forum on EE.  
For more book ideas check out my list on amazon
http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/listmania/fullview/2HLD4KV1A9O4M/ref=cm_lm_pthnk_view?ie=UTF8&lm%5Fbb=
I would also suggest TechNet Virtual labs
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtuallabs/default.aspx
A bunch of free labs that can help you learn.
However the most important thing is setting up some sort of test lab.  It doesn't take much these days.  You can use virtualization products by Microsoft or VMWare and install Windows Server and as you are going through the books you can practice hands on in your lab.
I see the MCSE suggestion above and while certifications are important and I have them there is nothing like getting in their and getting your hands dirty and learning.   Everyone has horror stories of "paper MCSEs" that means MCSEs that can't really do much as they only passed a test.
If you can't get software for you lab then a Technet Plus subscription is a good investment
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/default.aspx
...last but not least read the questions and answers in forums and here on EE...you can learn a lot that way too.
Thanks
Mike
 
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