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Chapter 17. Windows 2008 and Active Directory > The Omniscient Active Directory

17.1. The Omniscient Active Directory

The original Windows NT client-server architecture was a great improvement over other server and network offerings, both from Microsoft and other companies. However, it had a shortcoming that, had it not been resolved in Windows 2000, would have suffocated the advancement of this highly sophisticated operating system. Now, Windows Server 2008 has taken it a step further with increased performance and many enhancements that make configuration and management much easier. On any network—resources are not easily distributed. The interoperation and scalability of numerous servers, printers, shares, devices, files, knowledge resources, functionality, and the sustained availability thereof, collapse when the capability for all network components and objects to share information is absent. One of the most significant components of Microsoft's technology is the Active Directory. There is perhaps no other aspect of Windows Server 2008 that will have the impact the directory service will, because just about every new feature or capability of this product depends on a directory service.

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