Managing Active Directory is usually handled through the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and its snap-ins. You can pretty much right-click on any object to configure its properties. It’s a good idea to wander around and explore all the snap-ins and the objects they manage.
Creating new objects is almost as easy. Most objects can be created using the pull-down menus in the MMC or through right-clicking on a container or parent object. If you follow along with all the step-by-step instructions in this chapter, you’ll have a good idea of what day-to-day administration of Active Directory is like.
Because every component in Active Directory is an object and most objects are managed through the MMC, you’ll be using this tool several times a day, every day, if you manage an Active Directory environment.
As you add more and more objects to the Active Directory database, efficient replication of information on the network becomes more important. The best replication strategy is often divide and conquer.
There are two main types of replication in Windows 2000, intrasite and intersite:
The replication of data within a single site
The replication of data between two or more sites
Domain controllers need to pass information back and forth to keep network information up-to-date. Sites are used to maximize replication speed among domain controllers. You ...