This chapter prepares you to design your Active Directory directory service structure. It includes an overview of the decisions that you face when designing the Active Directory, and it also looks at the factors involved in determining the number of forests, domains, and organizational units to deploy in your network environment. The chapter concludes with a discussion of auditing in a Microsoft Windows 2000 network.
Active Directory provides the foundation for your organization's security. You must design an Active Directory structure that will meet your administrative needs and support your organization's business directives. If you make the wrong choices as you design your Active Directory, you might end up having to redeploy all existing systems and reconfigure all security mechanisms.
The choices that you face in your Active Directory design include
To complete this chapter, you must read the chapter scenario. This scenario is used throughout the chapter to apply the design decisions discussed in each lesson.