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How to Manage Active Directory Application Partition

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How to manage Active Directory Partition

This article will show you how to create, delete, set replication and modify partitions with ease. I will also provide you with some knowledge to give you a better understanding of Application partition. Here are some quick facts about Active Directory Application Partition:
 
Active Directory Application Partition have their own namespace for example if you have a single domain called iris.internal and you create an application partition named App the namespace would be app.iris.com
 
You may also set it same level as the root domain such as app.com
 
You may create Child partition and the namespace would followed suite. From the above example if your create an application within app called child1 it would be child1.app.iris.com
Note: Windows 2000 does not support active directory partitions.


Creating an Application partition within Active Directory.

There are a few ways of creating active directory partition you can use the LDAP command, NTDSUTIL or ADSIEDIT. We will be using NTDSUTIL as it's a great and easy tool. Now lets break it down.
 
On the server open a command prompt and type
NTDSUTIL
 
Then type
domain management
 
Connect to the server that you wish to create the active directory partition by typing
connections
connect to server DC1.domainname.com
q
 
To create a partition type.
Create NC Application.domainname.com DC1.domainname.com
Please note the application partition is not bind to any domain name space it cab be a child or the same level root domain for example it can be Application.com or it can be Application1.child.domainname.com.

Also the above command is split into two sections
Create NC Application.domainname.com  DC1.domainname.com.

If you do get an error stating: The RDN of a domain name must be of type of Domain Component ,use LDAP instead of Application.domainname.com. For example it will be DC=Application,dc=Domainname,DC=com
Hence the command will be
Create NC dc=application,dc=phyx,dc=internal DC1.domainname.com
The target server will still be in FDQN.

Replicating and deleting the application Directory Partition

By default the partition we created will not be replicated to the other domain controller, With some commands ill show you how to set replicas.
 
On the server open a command prompt and type :
NTDSUTIL
 
Then type :
domain management
 
Connect to the server that you wish to create the active directory partition by typing
connections
connect to server DC1.domainname.com
q
 
To add a Replication Type:
Add NC REPLICA Application.domainname.com DC1.domainname.com

To Remove a Replication Type:
Remove NC Replica Application.domainname.com DC1.domainname.com

To Delete an Active directory partition Type:
Delete NC Application.domainname.com
Once again the section is broken down into two parts your applications name space and your target server. If you do get an error stating: The RDN of a domain name must be of type of Domain Component ,use LDAP instead of Application.domainname.com. For example it will be DC=Application,dc=Domainname,DC=com leave the server in its FDQN.

Now that you know most of the useful commands you should be on your way to manage your active directory partition.

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