Chapter 8. Designing Windows Server 2003 Domains

THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS HAVE EXAMINED THE critical components of DNS and Active Directory. We now know how a directory service improves operations compared to classic NT. Now it's time to get out the proverbial blank sheet of paper and start laying out an architectural plan.

Active Directory is a complex piece of technology. Many of the decisions you make regarding directory design have wide-ranging implications. Generally, the design should start with evaluating the technical merits of each available feature with an eye towards improving your current operations. If you do your homework and account for most of the variables, you'll end up with a design that is technologically sound. Good designs ...

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