Brian Desmond

Owner and Principal Consultant,
Ravenswood Technology Group LLC

Brian Desmond is the owner and principal consultant of Ravenswood Technology Group LLC, focused on Microsoft’s suite of cloud and datacenter solutions. He has deep subject matter expertise and a diverse range of complex, global experience to technology projects at the technical and business levels. Desmond's core focus is in the areas of Active Directory, the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS - including Azure Active Directory, Azure RMS, and Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM, formerly FIM), Exchange, and Office 365. Previously he was Senior Manager and lead solution architect at Edgile Inc., where he focused on Active Directory and Identity Management projects for large enterprise customers. Desmond has been a Directory Services MVP since 2003 and is the author of Active Directory, 5th edition (O'Reilly). Brian blogs at

Grow and Maintain your Active Directory 

Total Running Time: 180 minutes

Whether you are on Windows Server 2003 and eyeing the impending end of support, or your Active Directory is running a newer version of Windows Server, there is a ton of new functionality available as you migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2. Brian Desmond will give you a comprehensive look at all of the new Active Directory features in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Keeping Your Active Directory on Track Today and Tomorrow 

Active Directory is the cornerstone of many networks and with Windows Server 2012 on the horizon, an upgrade to Active Directory is a topic to begin contemplating. We’ll kick off this event by looking at the multitude of new features in the Windows Server 2012 Active Directory release. With the future under control, we’ll take a look at

Active Directory Security 

Active Directory is the security cornerstone of many networks. If the directory is compromised, chances are that will spread across the organization. In this eLearning event, we’ll take a look at some of the security features of Active Directory and how they work. First, we’ll dive in to delegating granular permissions inside the directory.

Active Directory Replication Topology 1
A site topology consists of sites, site links, and site link bridges that generally map closely to the network topology. Understanding how to build a site topology is essential for your Active Directory to replicate efficiently and fail over gracefully in case of a network outage.
Mastering Exchange Server 2010’s Exchange Control Panel
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010’s Exchange Control Panel is a new web interface that provides a great deal of flexibility for end users, technicians, delegated administrators, and Exchange administrators to manage various Exchange features.
Active Directory Replication In Depth
Moving changes to objects and attributes between domain controllers (DCs) is a critical function of Active Directory (AD). Learn the details of how this mechanism works, to make troubleshooting easier.
Recovering from Active Directory Disasters 2
It’s important to be prepared for the various disasters that might strike an Active Directory (AD) forest. Here’s how to recover from the two most common calamities: a failed domain controller (DC) and accidentally deleted objects.
Delegating Privileges in Active Directory 2
Take a practical look at the more advanced AD security editor and the different fundamental constructs you’ll need to know to master AD delegation.
Sidebar: Using the Security Descriptor Editor in LDP to Remove the Abstraction from the ACL 2

You can use the Security Descriptor editor in LDP to remove the abstraction from the ACL. This interface is not very friendly or easy to use, but it will give you the opportunity to dig deeper. If you want to give this a try, use the following steps:

1.   Launch LDP by clicking Start, Run, then typing ldp.exe.

2.   Go to Connection, click Bind, then specify user credentials (if necessary).

3.   Click View, click Tree, then find your domain.

Kerberos Delegation and Troubleshooting
Numerous tools let you quickly and easily troubleshoot Kerberos problems.
Extending the Active Directory Schema
Historically, both AD administrators and IT managers have been fearful of extending the AD schema. But Brian Desmond shows that with a bit of planning and due diligence, extending your AD schema doesn’t have to be something to fear.
Kerberos in Active Directory 1
Kerberos uses a series of tickets to provide nearly invisible authentication in AD environments.
Microsoft Stack Master Class

Master-Level Microsoft Stack Class with John Savill
Online Class: Thursdays Oct. 12th-Dec. 21st
30 Hours of Training for $995!

Understand the complete Microsoft solution stack, how the products work together, and how to implement and maintain for a total datacenter and desktop solution. This course covers the latest technology updates including Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 and will enable the new capabilities to be leveraged in your organization.


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