Step-by-Step Guide to Bulk Import and Export to Active Directory
A Technet tutorial that introduces you to using LDIFDE and VBScript to import and export information from Active Directory.
Best Practices for Delegating Active Directory Administration
This white paper remains the definitive guide to the concepts and best practices involved in delegating authority over some or all of your Active Directory environment.
Running Domain Controllers in Virtual Server 2005
Provides best practices and recommendations for running domain controllers on Virtual Server 2005, both for test and pilot environments as well as for production use.
Active Directory LDAP compliance
Discusses the LDAP specification, and how the implementation of AD adheres to the LDAP RFCs.
How to use NTDSUTIL to manage Active Directory files from the command line in Windows Server 2003
This step-by-step article describes how to manage the Active Directory database file, Ntds.dit, from the command line.
How to audit Active Directory objects in Windows Server 2003
This step-by-step article describes how to use Windows Server 2003 auditing to track user activities and system-wide events in Active Directory.
How to restore deleted user accounts and their group memberships in Active Directory
Restoring deleted users and groups can produce inconsistent results because of the way group information is stored in Active Directory. This link discusses ways to restore this information properly.
Useful shelf life of a system-state backup of Active Directory
Discusses how the tombstone lifetime in Active Directory affects the useful lifetime of an Active Directory system state backup.
Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM)
Discusses Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM), which is a directory service that allows you to extend the capacity of AD to store application information.
Introduction to Active Directory Federation Services
This white paper introduces Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), a next-generation information security infrastructure designed to help IT professionals extend internal applications to external users.
How to remove data in Active Directory after an unsuccessful domain controller demotion
A frequently-asked question in many newsgroups and forum – this will walk you step-by-step through the process of cleaning up the AD database after a DC has failed for some reason.
Active Directory Branch Office Guide
Checklists, best practices and tools to allow you to safely and securely deploy domain controllers to remote branch office sites, separate from a centralized data center.
Active Directory Operations Guide