Chapter 1. Understanding Active Directory

Objectives

This chapter provides a brief introduction to Active Directory and its design-related characteristics. In doing so, it provides important background information regarding the unification of directory services. No formal exam objectives are covered, but you will be better prepared to approach the exam objectives after reading this chapter.

This key feature of Windows has been in the works for some time. A unified directory service is just what you may already expect, a single directory providing various services to multiple directory service-enabled applications that may request them. Active Directory as a unified directory, as well as additional Active Directory facts, are presented in this chapter. ...

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