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Active Directory Installation and Configuration

Installing Active Directory isn't difficult, but preplanning your domain and directory tree structure is crucial. Make sure your read our deployment section first before you start installing AD in a production environment. If you can afford the time and expense, set it up in a lab first,
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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. Source: Microsoft.com

Active Directory Installation and Removal Issues
Active Directory Installation and Removal Issues Join and Authentication Issues To install and remove Active Directory, the Active Directory Installation Wizard (Dcpromo) is used. It is important that certain requirements are met to prevent an unsuccessful installation and removal of Active Directory in an enterprise. These requirements include planning for sufficient storage capacity, time synchronization, domain controller availability, DNS configuration, and administrator access permissions. Also, there are specific troubleshooting techniques that you can follow if you do encounter errors when installing and removing Active Directory.

Active Directory Migration Tool Overview
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. Source: Microsoft.com

Best Practice Active Directory Design for Managing Windows Networks
This guide and its companion, Best Practice Active Directory Deployment for Managing Windows Networks, assist IT professionals that participate in an Active Directory service planning and deployment project. This guide provides a step-by-step methodology based on best practices learned from customers that have already deployed Active Directory in their organizations. It provides all the tasks and decisions you need to develop an Active Directory design to manage Windows networks.

Configuring Active Directory Sites: Using Sites in Windows 2000
To reduce the chaotic nature of the multimaster domain model, Microsoft implemented the site model. This article discusses how sites are used in Windows 2000 and walks you through the process for creating and linking sites in your network. Source: EarthWeb (Oct 8, 2000)

Configuring Sites Within Active Directory: Building Site Link Bridges
You©ve divided your Windows 2000 Active Directory into sites to reduce network traffic and free up bandwidth. Now you©ll need to implement site links and site link bridges to achieve replication between sites. Source: EarthWeb (Oct 30, 2000)

Configuring Sites Within Active Directory: Troubleshooting Active Directory Replication
Selecting a preferred bridgehead server, and other solutions to poor performance in Active Directory replication. Source: EarthWeb (Oct 30, 2000)

Controlling the Active Directory Search Buffer Size
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 243281 - To improve the query response time when you are searching for Active Directory objects in a Windows 2000-based organization, searches are limited to 10,000 objects by default. However, you may need to increase this limit as your organization grows. This article describes how to control the buffer size that is allocated for storing the number of objects that are returned by a query search. 

Deployment Planning Guide
The Deployment Planning Guide provides important planning and technical product information to assist teams in charge of deploying Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Professional.

How to Configure Active Directory on a Home Network
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 260362 - This article contains information to simplify installation of Active Directory on a home network by identifying common configuration issues. For additional information about any of the information described in this article, refer to Windows  

HOW TO: Create Windows 2000 Active Directory Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 300921 - This articles describes how to install and configure a new Active Directory in a laboratory environment that includes Windows 2000 and Active Directory. Note that you will need two networked servers that are running Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2000 Advanced Server. 

HOW TO: Install the Active Directory Administrative Tools to Windows 2000 Professional 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308196 - This step-by-step article describes how to install the Active Directory administrative tools to a Windows 2000 Professional-based computer. With Windows 2000 Administration Tools (included on the Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server 

How to Upgrade Windows 2000 Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 325379 - This article discusses how to upgrade Windows 2000 domain controllers to Windows Server 2003 and how to add new Windows Server 2003 domain controllers to Windows 2000 domains.

How to Verify an Active Directory Installation 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 298143 - This article describes how to verify an Active Directory installation. 

Installing and Using Active Directory Support Tools
Because the Active Directory is a part of the core Windows 2000 operating system, it's easy to take it for granted. After all, the Active Directory quietly works in the background, servicing the needs of your enterprise. Source: EarthWeb

Planning Migration from Windows NT to Windows 2000
This white paper outlines planning processes and considerations when migrating Microsoft Windows NT domains to Microsoft Windows 2000. New Windows 2000 utilities, tools, and technologies make migrating users and computers, while maintaining access to resources, a straightforward task.

Primary and Active Directory Integrated Zones Differences
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 227844 - With Windows 2000, after you create your first domain controller, you can change your domain name server (DNS) zone from primary to Active Directory integrated. (updated 10/21/2000)

Setting Up the Domain Name System for Active Directory 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 237675 - The Domain Name System (DNS) is the Active Directory locator in Windows 2000. Active Directory clients and client tools use DNS to locate domain controllers for administration and logon. You must have a DNS server installed and configured for Active Directory and the associated client software to function correctly. This article guides you through the required DNS configuration. (updated 5/22/2000)

Step by Step Guide to adding Domain Controllers
Use this document to continue setting up the common infrastructure network for Active Directory step-by-step guides. This guide will provide you with the procedures to configure a computer running Windows 2000 Server as the first domain controller of a child domain of the parent domain Reskit, and configure an additional domain controller to function as a replication partner. Source: Microsoft.com (Jan 28, 2000) 

Troubleshooting Common Active Directory Setup Issues in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 260371 - Some common issues that you may encounter with Active Directory installation and configuration can cause a partial or complete loss of functionality in Active Directory. These issues may include, but not be limited to: (updated 1042000)

TUTORIAL: Setting Up Active Directory
This article will take you step-by-step through the installation of Active Directory. I'll also cover the testing necessary to make sure you have it correctly installed. Source: 8 Wire (Aug 30, 2000)

Upgrading to Active Directory
The Active Directory directory service is compatible with Windows NT and supports a. mixed-mode. of operation. Source: Microsoft (last modified 11-Oct-1999)

Upgrading a Windows NT Domain to Windows 2000 Active Directory 
Outlined here are the steps to upgrading a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 primary domain controller (PDC) to a Windows 2000 domain controller. This guide focuses on a simple upgrade-in-place of a Windows NT 4.0 PDC in a single domain environment, and describes the deployment of the Active Directory service, as well as the DNS and DHCP services. Source: Microsoft.com (March 2000)


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