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III. Administer the Network > 17. Managing Active Directory

Chapter 17. Managing Active Directory

After completing your deployment and initial configuration of your Active Directory environment, you will find that your work load is much reduced. When Active Directory is properly deployed, it is very stable and requires little daily maintenance. However, you need to perform some tasks regularly. These tasks include managing the AD DS database and domain controller roles and ensuring that you have a consistent disaster recovery process in place.

Maintaining the AD DS Database

One of the important components of managing AD DS is maintaining the AD DS database. Under normal circumstances, you will rarely manage the AD DS database directly because regular automatic database management will maintain the health of your database in all but exceptional situations. These automatic processes include an online defragmentation of the AD DS database as well as a garbage collection process to clean up deleted items. For those rare occasions when you do need to directly manage the AD DS database, Windows Server 2008 provides the Ntdsutil tool.


  

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