ASAP: The Network

 After the initial  success of the original Aspiring Software Architects Program, there was a second series focused on Infrastructure Architecture, especially related to Identity and Group Management, network planning, availability and so on

The program was a complete success so I asked Ramnish Singh (Infrastructure MCA in MS India) for the chance of making all these available for any aspiring architect all over the world (session language is English in all cases). I want to thank Ramnish for this contribution, that I'm confident that will help a lot IT Pros raise the bar, start thinking on computing environments in a different manner and get the necessary background and skills

The remaining ingredients in the Architecture Career prescription is up to you, guys: experience, dedication and passion! smile_regular Enjoy!


Introduction to Designing an Active Directory Infrastructure The Architecture Series is intended for those involved in planning, designing, and implementing an enterprise-class infrastructure project, including consultants, system architects, and IT professionals who are responsible for directory services infrastructure development and deployment. The series is aimed at empowering systems integrators and IT professionals with validated architectural guidance for Active Directory.
Designing a Forest and Domain Infrastructure This session will cover the first major design decisions when creating an Active Directory infrastructure - Active Directory logical structure and the design of forests and domains.
Designing a Site Infrastructure This session explains how to design a site topology to organize the network in your organization and optimize the exchange of data and directory information.
Designing the Administrative Structure This session explains how to design administrative structure to delegate authority and simplify administrative overhead and design an organizational unit structure.
Designing for Group Policy This session describes how to gather and analyze business requirements and other data and then use that data to design a Group Policy structure and integrate the structure into an organizational unit design. It describes the role of Group Policy in the Active Directory infrastructure and factors in choosing particular implementations, such as security, software deployment, and administrative requirements. The session also covers why and how to design a change management structure.
Designing the Physical Network This session describes how to gather business requirements and other data and then analyze and use that data to design the physical network. It explains how to design a connectivity infrastructure, with considerations for intrasite and intersite connectivity, router placement, connection types, and virtual private networks (VPNs).
Designing a Name Resolution Strategy This session describes the relationship between Active Directory and DNS domain names, Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), and other name-resolution strategies.
Designing the Network Access Infrastructure This session describes how to design a network access infrastructure by gathering relevant data, and then analyzing and using that data to design for network access security, remote access, and wireless access. The module includes strategies for authentication, administration, access monitoring, interoperability, and user education.
Designing for Federation This session describes how to design Active Directory to support Federation. Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), a next-generation information security infrastructure designed to help IT professionals extend internal applications to external users.
Notes from Field and Contest Case Study This session will showcase the best practices followed for Active Directory Architecture and will have panel of experts discuss their Enterprise (Active Directory) Architecture experiences.