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4. Active Directory

Chapter 4. Active Directory

Perhaps no aspect of a Windows environment can cause as many headaches, frustrations, and consumption of valuable IT time as Active Directory (AD). Active Directory was first introduced into Windows Server with the release of Server 2000 and has steadily evolved in subsequent Windows Server versions. Server 2012 includes the most polished Active Directory services offering to date. One major reason why this is the best AD yet is that an Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) deployment now integrates all the steps required to deploy new domain controllers into a single interface with the new Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard.

AD DS is also easier to manage in Server 2012 due to an enhanced wizard built on PowerShell that integrates with Server Manager. Preinstallation checks with the Adprep.exe tool and prerequisite validation are part of the install process, helping to lessen the chance of errors with an AD DS install.


  

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