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Windows 2000 Active Directory

Active Directory is Microsoft's answer to Novell's Directory Services. It promises to support a single unified view of all objects on a network (no matter what size) and locating and managing resources faster and easier. Based on the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, and the Directory Services in Exchange 5.5, this could be a major advance for Microsoft if it works well. A bit of warning to Admin's with no Novell experience - setting up a Directory Tree is no small task and should be planned carefully. A small amount of mismanagement in the early planning phases will be costly later when your network grows.  

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Where to Start
FAQ's, Tutorials, Glossaries, and technical overviews of Active Directory
Administration Resources
Whitepapers, technical articles, and links to help you manage Active Directory
ADSI
Resources for the Active Directory Services Interface.
Book Reviews
Our reviews of Active Directory related books from major publishers..

Deployment Guides
Preplanning and deployment articles, whitepapers, case studies, best practices, etc.,
Domain Controllers
Information on installing, configuring, managing, and troubleshooting DC's
Group Policy
Define the various components of the user's desktop environment. 
How to Articles
Technical articles and walkthroughs that cover common tasks for Active Directory.
Installation and Configuration
Technical walkthroughs and examples to help you get it right the first time.
IntelliMirror
Deploy, recover, restore or replace user©s data, software, and personal settings.
LDAP
Resource for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol.
Replication
Managing and configuring AD replication traffic between sites, bridgehead servers, etc.,
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting guides, known issues, bugs, etc.,
Training & Seminars
Microsoft Online Seminars on Active Directory
Downloads
Active Directory Client Extensions for Windows 95, Windows98, and Windows NT Workstation 4.0
Microsoft has developed extensions for the Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0 operating systems. These client platforms can take advantage of features provided by the Windows 2000 Active Directory service. Client extensions were developed for customers who want to deploy Windows 2000 Server in environments with Windows 95-, Windows 98-, and Windows NT 4.0-based client workstations.

Microsoft Active Directory Management Pack Guide
Microsoft© Operations Manager (MOM) 2000 Active Directory Management Pack (ADMP) Service Pack 1 (SP1) provides a monitoring and management system for the Active Directory© directory service that is integrated with MOM. ADMP can help you to improve the availability, performance, and security of Active Directory implementation. With ADMP, MOM provides central monitoring and automatic problem resolution for large networks, continuously monitoring Active Directory components. Source: Microsoft.com

Windows 2000 Active Directory Migration Tool 
The Active Directory Migration Tool provides an easy, secure, and fast way to migrate to Windows 2000 Active Directory service. As a system administrator, you can use this tool to diagnose any possible problems before starting migration operations to Windows 2000 Server Active Directory.

Windows 2000 Active Directory Sizer Tool 
The Active Directory Sizer tool allows you to estimate the hardware required for deploying Active Directory in your organization. The estimate provided is based on your organization's profile, domain information and site topology.

Domain Rename Tool 
The Active Directory© Domain Rename Tools provide a secure and supported methodology to rename one or more domains (as well as application directory partitions) in a deployed Active Directory forest. The DNS name and/or the NetBIOS name of a domain can be changed using the domain rename procedure. For an understanding of the constraints of the domain rename procedure, please see the accompanying document, "Understanding How Domain Rename Works", available on this page. In order to perform the domain rename procedure, you must be running Windows .NET Server BETA 3 or higher on every domain controller in the forest in which the domain rename is to be performed

Windows 2000 Resource Kit Tools
Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kit software tools can help you streamline administrative tasks such as managing Active Directory©, administering security features, working with Group Policy and Terminal Services, automating application deployment, and other important jobs.


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