Deep Dive Workshop Active Directory and High Availability (DDADH)


Course Overview

Become an absolute Active Directory specialist on Windows Server 2016! This three-day workshop provides expert knowledge for large and highly available environments.

After attending this course you will have no (!) more questions about Active Directory - We promise!

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Who should attend

This workshop is intended for experienced system administrators, consultants, and Active Directory designers.


Attendees should have at least three years of Active Directory experience or have attended Active Directory on Windows Server 2012 / 2016 / 2019 (ADWS19).

Course Objectives

In this three-day workshop, you will learn advanced Active Directory features such as sizing large environments, high availability, and disaster recovery.

Please note: When this course description refers to Windows Server 2016, all previous versions are also included!

A high practical content and small groups for effective learning form the framework of our workshops.

Course Content

  • Repetition of best practices for domains and domain controllers
  • Domain controller in virtual environments
  • FSMO roles: Why there are 7 and not just 5
  • From USNs, HighWatermark vectors, and Up-to-Dateness vectors.
  • Sizing of domain controllers in very large environments
  • (> 100,000 users)
  • AD replication: NTFRS versus DFS-R
  • DNS for experts
  • Group policies highly available
  • Active Directory Disaster Recovery
  • Maintenance of the Active Directory database
  • Design of a plan for the operation of a highly secure and fail-safe Active Directory
Training environment

The training runs completely virtualized. Each participant has a PC with 128 GB RAM, two NVME SSDs (read throughput up to 3,500 MB/s, write throughput up to 2,300 MB/s) and a total bandwidth to the Internet of 1 Gbps.

Each participant "builds" his environment with the trainer completely by himself. With the appropriate hardware, new systems can be set up in seconds.

Your trainer

Andy Wendel has been a trainer for over 20 years with deep experience in Active Directory, Group Policy, WSUS as well as HyperV and the System Center suite. In addition to his work as a Senior Cloud Architect & Consultant in large data centers, Andy Wendel has also been to Microsoft in Redmond to troubleshoot storage spaces for a large data center operator. Andy Wendel is an MCLC (one of 46 worldwide), as well as an MCSE and MCT.

In 2016, Andy Wendel acquired through Paula Januszkiewicz (one of the top 20 security experts in the world) the
Certified Security Master Specilization: Advanced Windows Security 2017.

Only 100 participants worldwide were admitted to this course and only 4 German participants passed the exam. Andy Wendel completed this with distinction.

The exam was taken again in 2018 and passed:
Certified Security Master Specilization: Advanced Windows Security 2018.

The exam was taken again in 2019 and passed:
Certified Security Master Specilization: Advanced Windows Security 2019.

The exam was taken again in 2020 and passed:
Certified Security Master Specilization: Advanced Windows Security 2020.

Prices & Delivery methods

Online Training

3 days

Price (excl. tax)
  • 3,500.— €
Classroom Training

3 days

Price (excl. tax)
  • Germany: 3,500.— €
  • Switzerland: CHF 3,640.—