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Enterprise Mac Administrator’s Guide, Second Edition by William Smith, Charles S. Edge Jr.

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Chapter    3

Active Directory

Active Directory is a directory services solution developed by Microsoft. Active Directory was built using certain proprietary technologies, which (currently) runs only on the Microsoft Windows Server platform and Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform. While many of the back-end components of Active Directory are designed for the Microsoft Windows client platform, Microsoft based much of the structure of Active Directory on open standards, such as the LDAP format known as RFC 2307 and the Kerberos v5 protocol defined in RFC 1510. Active Directory can be used to seamlessly integrate Windows systems en masse, but the real advantage of blending these technologies and open standards is that foreign operating systems ...

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