Winning the Active Directory interview

During your career you might find yourself in situations like moving jobs or ptomoting etc. Well if you are looking for a list of concepts in order to brush up before your interview, this list can be a thing for you. However, the list below is just a list of topics which you can use in order to brush up your knowledge, not a baseline. So besides this list, you better know the stuff very well.

  • What is Active Directory?
  • What is LDAP?
  • Can you connect Active Directory to other 3rd-party Directory Services? Name a few options.
  • Where is the AD database held? What other folders are related to AD?
  • What is the SYSVOL folder?
  • Name the AD NCs and replication issues for each NC
  • What are application partitions? When do I use them
  • How do you create a new application partition
  • How do you view replication properties for AD partitions and DCs?
  • What is the Global Catalog?
  • How do you view all the GCs in the forest?
  • Why not make all DCs in a large forest as GCs?
  • Trying to look at the Schema, how can I do that?
  • What are the Support Tools? Why do I need them?
  • What is LDP? What is REPLMON? What is ADSIEDIT? What is NETDOM? What is REPADMIN?
  • What are sites? What are they used for?
  • What's the difference between a site link's schedule and interval?
  • What is the KCC?
  • What is the ISTG? Who has that role by default?
  • What are the requirements for installing AD on a new server?
  • What can you do to promote a server to DC if you're in a remote location with slow WAN link?
  • How can you forcibly remove AD from a server, and what do you do later? • Can I get user passwords from the AD database?
  • What tool would I use to try to grab security related packets from the wire?
  • Name some OU design considerations.
  • What is tombstone lifetime attribute?
  • What do you do to install a new Windows 2008 DC in a Windows 2000 AD?
  • What do you do to install a new Windows 2008 R2 DC in a Windows 2003 AD?
  • How would you find all users that have not logged on since last month?
  • What are the DS* commands?
  • What's the difference between LDIFDE and CSVDE? Usage considerations?
  • What are the FSMO roles? Who has them by default? What happens when each one fails?
  • What FSMO placement considerations do you know of?
  • I want to look at the RID allocation table for a DC. What do I do?
  • What's the difference between transferring a FSMO role and seizing one? Which one should you NOT seize? Why?
  • How do you configure a "stand-by operation master" for any of the roles?
  • How do you backup AD?
  • How do you restore AD?
  • How do you change the DS Restore admin password?
  • Why can't you restore a DC that was backed up 4 months ago?
  • What are GPOs?
  • What is the order in which GPOs are applied?
  • Name a few benefits of using GPMC.
  • What are the GPC and the GPT? Where can I find them?
  • What are GPO links? What special things can I do to them?
  • What can I do to prevent inheritance from above?
  • How can I override blocking of inheritance?
  • How can you determine what GPO was and was not applied for a user? Name a few ways to do that.
  • A user claims he did not receive a GPO, yet his user and computer accounts are in the right OU, and everyone else there gets the GPO. What will you look for?
  • Name a few differences in Vista GPOs
  • Name some GPO settings in the computer and user parts.
  • What are administrative templates?
  • What's the difference between software publishing and assigning?
  • Can I deploy non-MSI software with GPO?
  • You want to standardize the desktop environments (wallpaper, My Documents, Start menu, printers etc.) on the computers in one department. How would you do that?