ADSI is used in a distributed computing environment to present a single set of directory service interfaces for managing network resources. Administrators and developers can use ADSI services to enumerate and manage the resources in a directory service, no matter which network environment contains the resource. ADSI enables common administrative tasks, such as adding new users, managing printers, and locating resources in a distributed computing environment.
Organizational units[ edit ] The objects held within a domain can be grouped into Organizational Units OUs. OUs can contain other OUs—domains are containers in this sense. Microsoft recommends using OUs rather than domains for structure and to simplify the implementation of policies and administration.
The OU is the recommended level at which to apply group policieswhich are Active Directory objects formally named Group Policy Objects GPOsalthough policies can also be applied to domains or sites see below.
The OU is the level at which administrative powers are commonly delegated, but delegation can be performed on individual objects or attributes as well. Organizational units do not each have a separate namespace; e. This is because sAMAccountName, a user object attribute, must be unique within the domain.
In general the reason for this lack of allowance for duplicate names through hierarchical directory placement, is that Microsoft primarily relies on the principles of NetBIOSwhich Directory services a flat-file method of network object management that for Microsoft software, goes all the way back to Windows NT 3.
Allowing for duplication of object names in the directory, or completely removing the use of NetBIOS names, would prevent backward compatibility with legacy software and equipment.
Workarounds include adding a digit to the end of the username. Because duplicate usernames cannot exist within a domain, account name generation poses a significant challenge for large organizations that cannot be easily subdivided into separate domains, such as students in a public school system or university who must be able to use any computer across the network.
Shadow groups[ edit ] In Active Directory, organizational units OUs cannot be assigned as owners or trustees. Only groups are selectable, and members of OUs cannot be collectively assigned rights to directory objects. In Microsoft's Active Directory, OUs do not confer access permissions, and objects placed within OUs are not automatically assigned access privileges based on their containing OU.
This is a design limitation specific to Active Directory. Other competing directories such as Novell NDS are able to assign access privileges through object placement within an OU. Active Directory requires a separate step for an administrator to assign an object in an OU as a member of a group also within that OU.
Relying on OU location alone to determine access permissions is unreliable, because the object may not have been assigned to the group object for that OU. A common workaround for an Active Directory administrator is to write a custom PowerShell or Visual Basic script to automatically create and maintain a user group for each OU in their directory.
The scripts are run periodically to update the group to match the OU's account membership, but are unable to instantly update the security groups anytime the directory changes, as occurs in competing directories where security is directly implemented into the directory itself.
Such groups are known as Shadow Groups. Once created, these shadow groups are selectable in place of the OU in the administrative tools.
Microsoft refers to shadow groups in the Server Reference documentation, but does not explain how to create them. There are no built-in server methods or console snap-ins for managing shadow groups.
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OUs should be structured primarily to facilitate administrative delegation, and secondarily, to facilitate group policy application. Although OUs form an administrative boundary, the only true security boundary is the forest itself and an administrator of any domain in the forest must be trusted across all domains in the forest.
Microsoft often refers to these partitions as 'naming contexts'.
The 'Configuration' partition contains information on the physical structure and configuration of the forest such as the site topology. Both replicate to all domains in the Forest. The 'Domain' partition holds all objects created in that domain and replicates only within its domain. Physical structure[ edit ] Sites are physical rather than logical groupings defined by one or more IP subnets.Find the LA County services and facilities that serve your area.
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To create or access your own. Active Directory is a database based system that provides authentication, directory, policy, and other services in a Windows environment. LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) is an application protocol for querying and modifying items in directory service providers like Active Directory, which supports a form of LDAP.
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