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Getting Started with Active Directory

There is a lot to know about Microsoft's Active Directory services. Not only does it change a lot of the domain rules from NT 4.0. but there are hundreds of new terms, new administrative tasks, new ways of managing security, new groups, and more. Before you dig into all the heavy technical documentation, take a minute and get a foundation in the basics. The following is a small collection of excellent overview guides, FAQ's, and glossaries to get you started.

Active Directory Architecture
This white paper introduces network administrators to Active Directory, explains its architecture, and describes how it interoperates with applications and other directory services. Source:

Active Directory Features at a Glance
Table of Active Directory features for quick reference. Source:

Active Directory Glossary
A whole new list of terms you'll need to know when deploying Windows 2000. Source:

Active Directory FAQ
One of the best FAQ's around from

Active Directory Object Permissions 101
Understanding the ins and outs of AD and object permissions is no simple task, but your efforts can help avoid catastrophe. Noted author Roberta Bragg present an excellent introductory article to understanding Active Directory Permissions. Source:

Active Directory Overview
A non-technical overview of Active Directory technology and a look into Microsoft's overall directory services strategy.

Active Directory Directory Service
This section covers: Active Directory object names. Active Directory clients. Directory data store. Global catalog. Last modified 11-Oct-1999

Active Directory Display Specifiers  
An introductory article from Microsoft in Word format

Active Directory Technical Summary
This document provides a technical overview of the Active Directory, including important concepts and features, an introduction to the Active Directory architecture, information on migrating from Microsoft© Windows NT operating system version 4.0 to Windows 2000, and a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section. The Active Directory is the foundation for the Windows 2000 Distributed System, which is the platform on which the Microsoft BackOffice© family of integrated products is built. Source: (Jan 12, 2000)

An Overview of Active Directory
To fully understand Active Directory (AD), you need a good book and lots of hands-on experience with a Windows 2000 network environment. But for now, columnist Zubair Ahmad gives you an introductory look at AD and its components. Source: Windows 2000 Magazine (Feb 2000)

An Overview of Active Directory
Directory Services is a distributed database that allows you to store information related to your network resources to facilitate their location and management. Microsoft Active Directory is the latest implementation of Directory Services for Windows 2000. The basic issues involving a directory service center around what information may be stored in the database, how it is stored, how you can query for specific information, and what you can do with the results. Active Directory consists of the directory service itself coupled with a secondary service allowing access to the database supporting X.500 naming conventions. 

Description of Bridgehead Servers in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 271997 - This articles describes how preferred bridgehead servers function in Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. 

DNS and Active Directory
This page contains links to valuable resources about Active Directory and DNS. Source: (updated 582001)

Exploring Active Directory
Microsoft's one-stop source for information about Active Directory. Includes overviews, FAQ's, Glossaries, etc.,  Source:

Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Active Directory
This guide introduces you to administration of the Windows 2000 Active Directory service. The procedures demonstrate how to use the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in to add, move, delete, and edit the properties for objects such as users, contacts, groups, servers, printers, and shared folders.

Step-by-Step Guide to Active Directory Sites and Services
This guide explains how to use the Active Directory Sites and Services snap-in to administer replication topology both within a site in a local area network (LAN) and between sites in a wide area network (WAN).

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting up Additional Domain Controllers
This guide describes how to create the first domain controller for a new child domain and how to configure an additional domain controller for that child domain using the Active Directory Installation wizard.

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