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Overview of Active Directory This lesson offers a comprehensive overview of the Active Directory. The Active Directory has many functions and benefits. The active directory offers: - A centralized resource and security administration - A single logon for access to global resources - Fault tolerance and redundancy - Simplified resource location - Centralized user and group management All of these things are very important in how we manage our network. Within the active directory; Windows provides two directories; the Active Domain Services (AD DS) and the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS). The active directory structure consists of forests, domain trees and domains and the name spaces are in a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) format. The active directory is based upon a schema. The schema is a very important thing to be able to understand as it is the overall component that handles the Active Directory and controls the layout and rules which govern the objects of the database. There are both physical (e.g., Domain controllers) and logical (partitions) components in the Active Directory and all of them have different roles and functions. This lesson also covers Active Directory Naming Standards Finally, participants learn about the Windows Authentication process.