CIS246 Understanding and Applying Active Directory

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CIS246 Understanding and Applying Active Directory
Active Directory (AD) is arguably the most critical component of Windows Server 2008, certainly…

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CIS246 Understanding and Applying Active Directory

CIS246 Understanding and Applying Active Directory

Course Discussions Week 4 All Students Posts – 24 Pages 

Active Directory (AD) is arguably the most critical component of Windows Server 2008, certainly for larger organizations. It enables corporations to manage and secure their resources from a single directory service and with a common interface—a very powerful tool. Because it is so powerful and offers so many features and capabilities, it sometimes can be complex to those looking at it for the first time. This week, we are going to learn about AD in detail, starting with the fundamentals. As we progress during the week, you will begin to see it’s not that intimidating after all. First, though, let’s get the fundamentals down. What exactly is a directory service and what are some examples in industry? Next, let’s get the definition of Active Directory down—what exactly is it and what benefits does it provide? After this, we’ll look at the details on how it is implemented in the business environment.

AD is basically a database. It’s a directory that stores information about objects that are used within a network. It provides hierarchical organization and management access to those objects. Another aspect to AD is login and authentication services, and also the ability to delegate administrative control. A couple examples of information it holds are available services, user accounts, and group accounts. Using an AD makes it easier to manage the network…