Active Directory is a database of Users, Groups, Computers, Printers, and other objects. Windows uses Active Directory to organize the objects together into domains and larger forests. These are managed by domain controllers. Common platforms for domain controllers include Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2.
This chapter provides an introduction to Active Directory, beginning with the process to install Active Directory components on Windows servers and promote them to domain controllers. Test domains are developed that not only include Windows systems ...