Directory services are systems that automate the network management of user data, security, and distributed resources—and, in turn, ease the management and integration of all kinds of corporate applications and platforms.
Experts report that Microsoft’s directory service, Active Directory—and Windows 2000 Server—are quickly becoming the industry standard for large directory-services-based networks.
Windows 2000 expert Morten Strunge Nielsen, MCSE, estimates that it will take a midsize enterprise between four and nine months to plan, train, test, and migrate 1,000-5,000 users to Active Directory. A larger enterprise will spend at least nine months, and more likely between 12 and 18 months, completing the same task.
Windows 2000 Server Architecture and Planning
If you’re heading up this time-consuming and complex project for a client, you need a helpful guide. Neilsen’s book, Windows 2000 Server Architecture and Planning, offers a comprehensive look at the design and planning for Active Directory. Click here to read Chapter 4, “Understanding Active Directory,” available for free download through a special arrangement between TechRepublic and The Coriolis Group, publishers of technical reference, skills training, and study products. This chapter provides an overview of key Active Directory terms and their connection to the Windows 2000 core components.
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