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Posted on 2004-08-26
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I've read so many vague descriptions on what its actual purpose is and I still don't have a good understand of what the benefit is of AD.  I know it has to be installed for a domain controller but WHY? Whats it good for?  Can someone sum it up for me?
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by:shard26
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it is the engine of the domain controller. Without active directory there would be no domain.
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by:shard26
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do you undertand what domains are?
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rhandels earned 1000 total points
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Hi,

First off, as a comment to shards post, indeed, it's the hart of a domain. A domain is a number of computers that need to communicate with eachother in a simple and easy way.

The Active Directory is a database (nothing more actually) that holds all Domain information. User names, Computer accounts, server accounts, printers, groups, mail addresses and so on. All information that's important for being a domain and making sure users can work easily, and to make sure you only have one administration point is what a domain and AD (Active Directory) is all about..
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by:CTS123
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Thank you for the civil response Rhandels.
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by:rhandels
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U'r welcome..

I know that AD is somewhat hard to understand, took me some time also...
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by:shard26
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Was my response not civil? I wasn't trying to be uncivil.
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