Installing Active Directory
If you're like a lot of Windows administrators, you are wondering if you should push to upgrade to Windows 2000 throughout your organization. And, you're probably thinking, if you do upgrade, should you install Active Directory?
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There's a place on the Web where you can find information on installing Active Directory, brought to you, (surprise, surprise) by Microsoft. Here you'll find information on all sorts of things about installing Active Directory. Topics covered include putting in Active Directory with just one domain, even if you are upgrading from NT 4.0 and haven't got any Windows 2000 servers installed yet, installing AD into multiple domains in one location, and finally, getting Active Directory running if you are going into multiple domains with multiple locations, perhaps the most likely scenario today.
The site contains links to other Microsoft publications that offer a wealth of information on getting up to speed with Active Directory. The company says this page is part of an attempt to make it easier for IT managers to find info on topics they need, rather than focusing on products only. It provides a single point for finding answers to common questions administrators can have about AD. It's a good place to start.
David Gabel is techtarget.com's executive technology editor.
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Windows 2000 Active Directory Design and Deployment
Author : Gary Olsen
Publisher : New Riders
Published : Sep 2000
This book focuses on the design of a Windows 2000 environment, and how to develop an effective design and migration plan. You are lead through the process of developing a design plan by reviewing each pertinent issue, and provides expert advice on how to evaluate each issue as it applies to the your particular environment. Practical examples illustrate all these issues. The book begins with detailed coverage of how to evaluate the current network environment - what issues need to be considered, and how to evaluate those issues. Next, the process of developing a migration plan is explored. The book then examines how to develop a Windows 2000 environment, sharing the insight gained by actual deployments from RDP members. Next, the book discusses how to evaluate both the migration and development plans, making sure that all potential pitfalls have been avoided. It closes with a discussion of the future of Active Directory.
This was first published in May 2001