Directories are hierarchical structures that allow networks to store information about objects. Active Directory Domain Services is a directory service that provides methods for storing directory data and then making it available to network administrators and users. As an example, Active Directory is able to store information about user accounts like names, passwords, phone numbers, etc. which therefore enables other authorized users to grant access the network and information.
Active Directory works to store information about certain objects on networks, therefore making it easier for users and administrates to find and utilize. It is structured data that Active Directory utilized as a basis for hierarchical and logical organization of directory information. The data storage type, known as the directory, contains information about objects related to the Active Directory. They typically share resources such as volumes, servers, printers, and networks users and computer accounts.
Security is enhanced through integration with Active Directory through functions such as logon authentication and access control to objects situated in the directory. With single network logon, managing directory data and organization, throughout their network, can be done easily, and network users that are authorized can access resources anywhere on the network. Policy-based administration is a great asset to businesses because it allows for easier management of even the most complex networks.
Active Directory provides businesses with a surplus of convenient features. Scheme, a set of rules, defines the classes of the various objects and attributes, the limits on the instances of those objects, and the format of names, all of which are contained in the directory. Active Directory also has a global catalog that contains information about each object in the directory. This feature allows users and admins to find information within the directory, regardless of which domain actually holds the data within the directory. A query and index mechanism is also in place, allowing objects and the properties to be published and discovered by network users and applications.
Active Directory also contains a replication service that is able to distribute data across networks. Domain controllers, located within a domain, are able to participate in said replication and contain a complete copy of all directory information for their domain. Any change to the directory data is able to be replicated to the different domain controllers.
Active Directory is a great feature for companies to incorporate into their businesses. It allows users to easily allocate resources, therefore employees in different departments are able to access certain programs that would otherwise be unavailable to them. It allows companies to manage services to individual users, based on their particular roles in the company. Consider incorporating it into your business if you are looking for a flexible, reliable, and useful system for managing data and information, and to more effectively manage onboarding and offboarding within your organization.
Clarus Communications has been serving the St. Louis area since 2001 and can assist your business in getting started with Active Directory or any of the suite of Microsoft products and services. We’ll work with you to assess your needs and recommend a solution that is custom tailored for your business. If you would like more information about Active Directory, click here or call us at 314-300-4700.