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Active Directory Services (ADS)

A Microsoft active directory, in simple terms, is like a giant telephone book that organizes within it all that have been entered into it. In our case our active directory is called ADS (for Active Directory Service). Unlike a telephone book however ADS is not sorted alphabetically, but rather like the yellow pages by category, in your case by department. This allows you to mimic the administrative structure for departments.

Administrators use an active directory to apply policies to objects (computers and users), put people into security groups (to allow and deny access to resources), and to better keep track of things in groups (called Organizational Units). Clients can make use of an active directory to look up names, phone numbers and any number of other attributes allowed by administrators.

ADS is more than this though. It is the central authentication domain. It is synchronized regularly. Many corporate resources authenticate against ADS and it makes our lives easier by giving us one central place to maintain these accounts.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 & Active Directory

Active Directory is the integrated directory service that comes included with Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003 and Windows 2000 Server.  The deployment of Microsoft Active Directory simplifies the process of adding, modifying, or deleting user accounts on a company network by creating a seamless integration between mailbox accounts, remote user accounts and internal applications.

IT administrators can now establish unified access procedures providing employees with single sign-on capabilities across all secured business applications.     

Active Directory Key Features and Benefits

The cumbersome tasks involved with managing the day to day operational management of your network can be resolved with the out of the box functionality of Windows Server 2003 and Active Directory. 

Some key benefits of deploying Windows Server 2008 and Active Directory include:

  • Increasing the Productivity of Users – Group Policy in Active Directory allows network administrators to configure system, user and application settings from a centralized location, allowing for a faster network upgrades without requiring direct feedback or changes from the individual users.
  • Reducing the Burden of IT Administration – Simplified network maintenance tasks alleviate the time and pressures of your in-house or outsourced IT staff in order to concentrate on more business critical updates and implementation projects
  • Improving Fault Tolerance to Minimize Downtime – Minimize downtime and ensure that your network is running and accessible 24/7 with built-in features such as Distributed File System, Volume Shadow Copy Service, and Advanced Server Recovery

  • Enhancing Security to Provide Better Peace of Mind – Enhanced multi-level security features,  such as File-Level Encryption and IP Security, comes standard with the built-in functionality of Windows Server 2003 and Active Directory to ensure that the your network is fully protected

  • Leveraging the Capabilities of Active Directory-enabled Applications – Newer applications are now integrated with Active Directory, including CRM and ERP solutions, helping to improve employee productivity and operational efficiency.

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