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Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Administrator’s Companion by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Active Directory in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000

Active Directory 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) allows 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 the Internet concept of a namespace with the operating system’s directory services. This combination ...

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