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Active Directory

(operating system)
A directory service from Microsoft Corporation, similar in concept to Novell Netware Directory Services, that also integrates with the user organisation's DNS structure and is interoperable with LDAP. Active Directory is included in Windows 2000.

Active Directory

An advanced, hierarchical network directory service that comes with Windows servers and used for managing permissions and user access to network resources. Introduced in Windows 2000, Active Directory is a domain-based network that is structured like the Internet's Domain Naming System (DNS). Using the LDAP directory access protocol, a company's workgroups (departments, sections, offices, etc.) are assigned domain names similar to Web addresses, and any LDAP-compliant Windows, Mac, Unix or Linux client can access them.

Active Directory can function in a heterogeneous, enterprise network and encompass other directories including NDS and NIS+. Cisco supports Active Directory in its IOS router operating system. See domain-based network, LDAP, forests and trees, Internet domain name, ADSI and network directory.
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A successful cyber security attack targeted at an organization's Active Directory deployment, whether from the outside or inside, could provide the perpetrator complete control over the organization's IT infrastructure, and potentially provide unrestricted access to all its IT resources.
Active Directory gives administrators a central repository for managing information on users, computers, applications, and network resources (including network hardware) with an extremely high degree of granularity.
The Splunk App for Active Directory makes it possible for administrators to avoid the problems of traditional tools that simply deliver health statistics, but miss reporting crucial compliance and auditing information," said Scott Crawford, managing research director, Enterprise Management Associates.
FastLane ActiveRoles is ideal for large, multi-national Active Directory implementations, like Motorola plans to carry out," said David Waugh, vice president of product marketing, Microsoft Solutions for Quest Software.
Quest's Windows Management solutions simplify, automate and secure Active Directory, Exchange and Windows, as well as integrate Unix, Linux and Java into the managed environment.
Data within Active Directory can come from diverse sources and includes many different objects; ECM for Active Directory detects and tracks critical changes in the Directory, storing them in its Configuration Management Database (CMDB) and providing administrators with the visibility required to determine who changed what and when.
Quest InTrust(R) for Active Directory provides automated tracking of all changes to Active Directory and Group Policy settings.
When a VIP's Active Directory object was mistakenly deleted, we were able to completely restore the object, every attribute and permission, in minutes, without touching a tape or scheduling downtime.
Many large enterprises have made a significant investment in Systems Management Server for software distribution and administration, and would like to use this infrastructure for managing policy on machines that are outside their Active Directory domain," said Danny Kim, CTO for FullArmor.
Expanded monitoring of the Active Directory service, including monitoring of schema consistency, site configuration best practices, and Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) best practices.
has licensed technology from Quest to improve ease of use and document security by integrating its Adobe(R) LiveCycle(TM) Policy Server with Active Directory across Unix, Linux and Java environments.

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