Active Directory in Windows Server 2008

It has been a while since I wrote a post in my blog and this will be my first post for the year 2010.

I was thinking on what should I write about and suddenly Active Directory came into my head. Most of you’ll who read this particular post would’ve heard about Active Directory, what really is this so called Active Directory? well here goes, I will try my level best to explain on what an Active Directory is 🙂

Active Directory is a Database and is the base of your network. It contains various sort of objects (such as user accounts, computer accounts, group policy) with regard to your infrastructure and functions as an Authentication Server when a user logs on to your Windows network as all the user accounts are stored in it.

Microsoft Active Directory was first introduced with Windows 2000 Server and has been improving with new features ever since. Previously known as Active Directory Directory Services has been renamed to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server 2008

Active Directory in Windows Server 2008 R2 has some interesting new features in it and to name a few

  • Active Directory Domain Service is now a restartable service
  • Directory Service Auditing
  • Read Only Domain Controllers (RODC)
  • Active Directory Recycle Bin
  • Powershell Module
  • Offline Domain Join
  • Active Directory Best Practices Analyzer

The above are some of the new features found in the Active Directory which comes along with Windows Server 2008 R2.

Well, That’s it for now, stay tuned as the next posts will be on How to install Active Directory and the explanation of some of the above mentioned features

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