Active Directory Considerations

Active Directory is a prerequisite for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. The next sections consider two specific issues relating to AD—whether to extend the AD schema and requirements for dealing with systems in multiforest scenarios and workgroups.

Extending the AD Schema

Chapter 3, “Looking Inside Configuration Manager,” describes the ConfigMgr AD schema extensions in detail. This section explains the benefits of extending the schema and the design implications of not extending the schema.

The AD schema contains a template for each class of AD objects. Schema extensions add new classes of AD objects or modify the set of attributes for existing objects. ConfigMgr schema extensions do not modify any default ...

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