what is difference between lds store and ds store??

Posted on 2011-10-27
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im looking at c# .net 3.5 regarding principal context type,
it includes applicaitonDirectory(lds store), domain(ds store), machine.

i am confused with lds store and ds store.
can someone please help me clarify this?

Question by:Ikelca
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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AD DS store is for full Active Directory database whereas AD LDS is lightweight independent DS database
Please check for this, it's in programmer language ;)


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so dose that mean application using lds does not really need domain controller?
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Krzysztof Pytko earned 2000 total points
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Actually, yes, it's true. AD LDS is motly used for AD programming/Applications development. It's completely independent instance which doesn't require AD/DCs to work properly. Each AD LDS instance can handle separate Schema, that means it's really cool for programmers in developement environments

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