ACTIVE DIRECTORY SERVICES

Active Directory (AD) is a Microsoft product that consists of several services that run on windows server to manage permissions and access to networked resources.

Active Directory stores data as objects. An object is a single element, such as a user, group, application or device, such as a printer. Objects are normally defined as either resources - such as printers or computers or security principals such as users or groups.

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ADVANTAGES OF ACTIVE DIRECTORY SERVICES

  • Domain Services
  • Stores centralized data and manages communication between users and domains; includes login authentication and search functionality

  • Certificate Services
  • Creates, distributes, and manages secure certificates

  • Lightweight Directory Services
  • supports directory-enabled applications using the open (LDAP) protocol

  • Directory Federation Services
  • Provides single-sign-on (SSO) to authenticate a user in multiple web applications in a single session

  • Rights Management
  • Protects copyrighted information by preventing unauthorized use and distribution of digital content

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  • Network Objects
  • Network objects are anything that is associated with the network such as a printer, end user applications, and security applications that are implemented by the network administrator. Network objects can also contain additional objects within their file structure which are identified by a folder name. Each object has its own unique identification by the specific information that is contained within the object.

  • Schemas
  • Since network objects each have their own identification which is also known as a characterization schema, the type of identification is the determining factor as to how each object will be used on the network.

  • Hierarchy
  • The hierarchal structure determines how each object can be viewed within the hierarchy which consists of three different levels which are known as a forest, tree, and domain with the forest being the highest level that allows the network administrator to see all of the objects in the active directory. The trees are the second level of the hierarchy each of which can hold multiple domains.

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