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This Week: Active Directory disaster recovery

This continuing series is part of our regular coverage of Active Directory.

Anyone managing a Windows infrastructure utilizing Active Directory will want to check out's fine series on AD disaster recovery by Gary Olsen. Olsen, an HP/Compaq AD design consultant and the author of Windows 2000: Active Directory Design and Deployment, delves into the intricacies of protecting a Windows directory environment from catastrophic loss, starting with the self-healing properties of AD replication using site link bridging. His second article walks through the steps required to recover a domain controller. Later this month, Olsen will describe obstacles that get in the way of AD recovery and, in the process, also damage applications like Exchange.

This continuing series is part of's regular coverage of Active Directory, which includes weekly tips, expert advice, book excerpts, news and educational tools, such as our signature Learning Guides on AD planning, management and Group Policy. As part of our new site redesign, we've catalogued all this great information on a single page. It's dynamically refreshed, so check back often.

And while I'm on the subject of disaster recovery . . . and each serve up uniquely targeted DR resources for enterprise IT professionals working with Exchange and Windows-based storage technologies. These product-specific resources are part of our strategy to provide deeper technical news and information for Windows IT managers and administrators, honed specifically to individual job functions.

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