ctive Directory is a common repository for information about objects that reside on the network, such as users and groups, computers and printers, and applications and files. The default Active Directory schema supports numerous attributes for each object class and can be used to store a variety of information. Access Control Lists (ACLs) allow you to maintain permissions for who can access and manage objects. Active Directory requires significant knowledge of topics such as LDAP, Kerberos, DNS, multi-master replication, group policies, and data partitioning, to name a few. This book will be your guide through this maze of technologies, showing you how to deploy a scalable and reliable Active Directory infrastructure.
This book is a significant update to the very successful first edition. All of the existing chapters have been brought up to date with Windows Server 2003, and eight additional chapters have been included to explain new features or concepts not covered in the first edition. This second edition describes Active Directory in depth, but not in the traditional way of going through the graphical user interface screen by screen. Instead, the book sets out to tell administrators exactly how to design, manage, and maintain a small, medium, or enterprise Active Directory infrastructure.
Chapter 14, “Upgrading to Windows Server 2003” discusses new features in Windows Server 2003, differences from Windows Server 2000, explains functional levels, describes the upgrade process, and more.
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