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Active Directory, Second Edition by Alistair G. Lowe-Norris, Robbie Allen

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Designing for the Real World

It’s very easy to get bogged down in the early stages of the namespace design without actually progressing much further. The stumbling block seems to be that it feels conceptually wrong to have only one domain, yet administrators can’t put their finger on what the problem is. Experienced Windows NT administrators who manage multiple domains seem to find this much more of a problem than those coming from another operating system.

If you follow the guidelines in the initial steps of the namespace design, you quite probably will end up with one domain to start with. That’s the whole point of the design process: to reduce the number of domains you need. Yet NT administrators tend to feel that they have conceptually lost something very important; with only one domain, somehow this design doesn’t “feel right.”

This is partly a conceptual problem: a set of domains with individual objects managed by different teams can feel more secure and complete than a set of Organizational Units in a single domain containing individual objects managed by different teams. It’s also partly an organizational problem and, possibly, a political problem. Putting in an Active Directory environment is a significant undertaking for an organization and shouldn’t be taken lightly. This change is likely to impact everyone across the company, assuming you’re deploying across the enterprise. Changes at that level are likely to require ratification by a person or group who may not be directly ...

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