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Mastering Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2 by Byron Hynes, Wendy Henry, Aidan Finn, Darril Gibson, Mark Minasi

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Chapter 12. SYSVOL: Old and New

Microsoft's first version of Active Directory (if you don't count the testing done with Exchange 5.5) was released with Windows 2000 Server. This version of Active Directory was really exceptional. It had the capability to house objects in a secure, hierarchical, distributed database called NTDS.dit. It also had the ability to build both logical and physical constructs into functioning directory services, and the tools that were used to manage this version of Active Directory were well designed and pretty easy to use.

The really cool thing about Active Directory back in the year 2000, and still cool today, is that Active Directory is a distributed database. It can have more than one domain controller that houses ...

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