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

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Active Directory in Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) has numerous advantages, not the least of which is that it can handle any size of installation, from a single server with a few hundred objects to thousands of servers and millions of objects. Active Directory also greatly simplifies the process of locating resources across a large network. The Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI) and the new Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) introduced in Windows Server 2003 R2, allow developers to "directory-enable" their applications, giving users a single point of access to multiple directories, whether those directories are based on LDAP, NDS, or NT Directory Services (NTDS).

Active Directory integrates ...

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