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Microsoft Active Directory

Microsoft Active Directory functions like a computer network’s phone book and security guard. It keeps track of where everything is and controls who has access to what.  

Microsoft developed Microsoft Active Directory (AD) as a directory service for Windows domain networks. As a result, most Windows Server operating systems include it as a set of processes and services.  

Active Directory stores all the logical and hierarchical directory information in Active Directory objects. These objects contain all the details about resources on the network, such as servers, volumes, printers, and user and computer accounts.  

A server running Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is called a domain controller. Microsoft Active Directory is a critical part of many organizations’ IT infrastructures. 

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Overview of Active Directory – 11 mins

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