Active Directory Overview
Active Directory (AD) was created by Microsoft in the mid-1990s to serve as a directory service for Windows-based networks. AD is the technology that helps system administrators authorize, authenticate, and manage computers, groups, and users who access a computer network. It also stores configuration and other information for key Microsoft products such as Microsoft Exchange.
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Recent Active Directory Articles
Daniel Petri provides some tools and techniques to test connectivity from a Windows PC to an Active Directory Domain Controller.
Learn how to update the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) to prevent IT administrators from setting passwords in this new Ask an Admin post.
In this Ask an Admin, learn a few tricks to work faster with the Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC).
Search for and remove inactive users and computer accounts and query Active Directory – all by using PowerShell. Find out how in this handy post!
Need to keep AD running in top shape with Windows Server 2008? Brien Posey shows you how.
How can I prevent users from using USB removable disks (USB flash drives) by using Group Policy (GPO)?
Daniel Petri shows you how to block the use of USB drives on client machines by using Group Policy Objects (GPO).
Looking to retire a domain controller? Daniel Petri shows you how to remove Active Directory from a domain controller before you do.
Need a second Domain Controller for an Active Directory domain on a Windows 2000 Server? Daniel Petri shows you how it's done.
Daniel Petri guides you through the steps required to create a Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller for a new Active Directory domain.