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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Active Directory Domain Services

Lots of changes have been made in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) that administrators will find highly useful. A few of them are described here.

Restartable Active Directory Domain Services

Most administrators will agree: Features that reduce the number of times a domain controller has to be rebooted are all to the good. In Windows Server 2008, administrators can apply updates, even security updates, without a reboot—stopping Active Directory and restarting as needed.

In Windows Server 2003, an offline defragmentation requires a restart using Directory Services Restore Mode. In Windows Server 2008, you can perform offline operations much more quickly by simply stopping and then restarting Active Directory ...

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