Microsoft Active Directory Design and Administration

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About Microsoft Active Directory Design and Administration

Proper administration and design is the cornerstone of a successful Microsoft Active Directory environment, and this topic page provides the Active Directory best practices to get you there. Here you'll find news and tutorials covering the broad scope of Active Directory design, as well as information on how to plan, implement and administer that design for Microsoft operating systems such as Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003. You'll also find information on what's new to Active Directory with Windows Server 2008, as well as details on the planning, design and administration of your new environment.