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

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Planning Organizational Units

Organizational units (OUs) are, as the name implies, organizing tools for collections of objects within a domain. An OU can contain any collection of Active Directory objects, such as printers, computers, groups, as well as other organizational units.

When a domain gets very complicated, one solution is to split the domain into multiple domains. OUs provide an alternative administrative substructure that is infinitely more flexible. They can be arranged hierarchically within a domain, and administrative control can be delegated for functions in a single OU or an entire subtree of OUs. (An OU is the smallest entity to which you can delegate administrative control or assign Group Policy settings.) At the same time, OUs ...

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