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What is Active Directory?

Large organizations depend on Windows Active Directory (AD) to maintain order in the chaos that is managing users, computers, permissions, and file servers. Thesheer number of articles available on the internet can disconcert beginners and make AD management seem more…
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Security Account Manager

What istheSecurity Account Manager (SAM)? Windowsstores and manages the local user and group accounts in a database file called SecurityAccount Manager (SAM).It authenticates local user logons.On a domain controller, it simply stores…
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Active Directory Sites

What makes Active Directory (AD) a very powerful tool is the combination of two distinctly different structures it possesses: a logical structure and a physical structure. The logical structureconsists of forests, domains, etc..On the other hand, the physical…
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Local User Management

Local User Management deals with creating, managing, and securing user and group accounts that are stored locally ona Windows computer. Local user accounts are specific to a computer. Local Users and Groups isa part ofthecollection of tools that an…
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Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)

What is Active Directory Rights Management Services? Sensitive information in an Active Directory environment cancause a great deal of trouble if it reaches the wrong hands. Every organizationshould do all in its power to avoid such a situation. Active…
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Hyper-V Virtualization

Virtualization is the creation of a non-physical IT environment, using specific software called hypervisor. The hypervisor is a virtualization platform that can be thoughtofas a layer that is sandwiched between the physical computing environment and the virtual…
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Active Directory Users and Computers – Part II

In part I of Active Directory Users and Computers, we introduced the Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) snap-in. We also saw a list of tasks an administrator can perform from the ADUC console and described how toperform a few basic tasks. Inthis…
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Active Directory Users and Computers – Part I

Active Directory Users and Computers(ADUC)is acommon tool used by administrators to carry out daily tasks and much more in Active Directory. Not only does it administer and publish information in the directory, it also provides an object-centric view of the…