Active Directory

Active Directory is a directory service based on X.500 directory structure concepts, which support reliable synchronization (replication) of directory objects, is extensible, and supports industry-standard protocols such as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Kerberos authentication.

The primary role of Active Directory is to provide centralized authentication, authorization, account management, and directory lookup services for Microsoft network environments. Because of the ubiquitous nature of Active Directory’s primary role, domain controllers and global catalog servers are typically deployed to every location in a company. In many instances, multiple domain controllers or global catalog servers are deployed ...

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