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

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Analyzing Naming Convention Needs

To plan your namespace and domain structure, you need to analyze your organization and attempt to understand its underlying naming needs. This requires both a thorough understanding of the type of organization you have and who the players are, as well as some educated guesses about where the organization is going.

Trees and Forests

As a first step, you must understand the differences between the two basic namespace types—tree and forest—to decide how they line up with your organization. It’s possible to change models later, but not without considerable effort and not without having an impact on the overall names used, so take some time here to focus on what the organization really needs. This can be different ...

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