A directory service is used to uniquely identify users and resources on a network. Active Directory directory service in Microsoft Windows 2000 is a significant enhancement over the directory services provided in previous versions of Windows. Active Directory provides a single point of network management, allowing you to add, remove, and relocate users and resources easily. This chapter introduces you to Active Directory and the administration tasks and administrative tools used to manage the service.
The primary Active Directory administration tasks are configuring and administering Active Directory, administering users and groups, securing network resources, administering the desktop computing environment, securing Active Directory, managing Active Directory performance, and installing Windows 2000 remotely. The primary Windows 2000 Active Directory administration tools are the Active Directory administrative tools, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins (available in the Administrative Tools Start group), and the Task Scheduler (available in Control Panel).
To complete this chapter, you must have
See chapter 8, "Installing Microsoft Windows 2000" for more details.