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What is Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS)?

Active directory domain services can be thought of as a Database – central point for storing and managing network objects

It serves as a central point for administration of objects and resources.

Manages Logon and authentication services and delegation of administration

Active director is stored on domain controllers in the network.

Any changes made to any Active Directory will be replicated across all domain controllers.

Uses Domain Name Service (DNS) conventions for network resources.

Active Directory comprises components that:

  • Enable design and administration of a network structure
    • Logical
    • Hierarchical
  • Components include:
    • Domains and organizational units
    • Trees and forests
    • A global catalog