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LDAP Directories Explained: An Introduction and Analysis by Brian Arkills

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Chapter 7. Microsoft Active Directory

Microsoft is among several vendors who have implemented LDAP in the context of supporting a network operating system. Microsoft's Active Directory (AD) uses LDAP to support its directory technology, so a Windows enterprise network has basic directory functionality in addition to many cool management features. Active Directory is a huge step for Microsoft because it is a departure from the company's traditional model of employing proprietary technology. It is nice to see Microsoft instead use open standards as the basis of products.

AD requires the Windows platform

Active Directory supplies primarily Windows 2000 or newer Windows platform functionality, so this chapter digresses at times to explain basic Windows ...

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