Active Directory Fundamentals

User authentication and user authorization process: An explanation

What you’ll learn: Active Directory authentication and authorization are security processes. These processes are necessary in any environment so that the resources of an environment are not misused by anyone. In this article, we will take a look at what is authentication and authorization in an AD environment, and how AD tackles these process. Before going further, let’s take a look…
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Active Directory Objects List

What are objects in Active Directory? Objects in Active Directory (AD) are entities that represent resources that are present in the AD network. These resources can be users, computers, printers, contact persons who may be vendors for the organization, and more. AD objects are characterized by a set of information. Each piece of information is called an AD object attribute. For example, a user…
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Comparison of Active Directory and Windows NT

Difference between Active Directory and Windows NT What you will learn:Windows NT and Active Directory, at the core, are network operating systems (NOS) developed by Microsoft for centralized management of network devices. Active Directory is the successor to Windows NT. In this article, we will discuss in brief the network operating systems, take a look at what directory services are, and go…
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What is Active Directory?

Large organizations depend on Windows Active Directory (AD) to maintain order in the chaos that is managing users, computers, permissions, and file servers. Thesheer number of articles available on the internet can disconcert beginners and make AD management seem more confusing than it actually is. This articleaims to demystify AD for the dummies. What is Active Directory? AD is…
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Hyper-V Virtualization: An explanation

What you will learn from this article: There are many scenarios where something would need to be tested on a server or a computer machine. In such scenarios, instead of using a physical test machine, it would be better to use a virtual representation of a target machine, so that should anything go wrong, this ‘virtual machine’ can be shut down without affecting the real machine.
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Active Directory Users and Computers – Part II

In part I  of Active Directory Users and Computers, we introduced the Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) snap-in. We also saw a list of tasks an administrator can perform from the ADUC console and described how to perform a few basic tasks. In this part, we will look at some advanced tasks that will come in handy for an administrator managing users, computers, and other objects in…
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Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) - An introduction and installation guide

Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) is a common tool used by administrators to carry out daily tasks and much more in Active Directory AD. Some of the tasks an administrator can perform with the help of this MMC snap-in are as follows: Create and manage AD objects, such as users, computers, groups, and contacts, along with their attributes.Create Organizational Units (OU), move users…
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How to Raise Active Directory Forest Functional Level

What are Functional Levels? An Active Directory functional level determines what capabilities of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) are available for a particular forest or domain. The functional levels are specified in terms of Windows Server versions, as each version update brings with it a host of new AD DS functionalities. Functional levels have to be specified because their…
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