Active Directory Organizational Proposal
This report outlines an approach to implement Microsoft's Windows 2000 Active Directory Services on Riordan Manufacturing campus. The primary reference for this proposal is the Microsoft guide "Best Practice Active Directory Design for Managing Windows Networks." The contents below will provide a working definition of Microsoft Active Directory, the benefits it will provide to Riordan, and a base diagram of Active Directory for Riordan.
Active Directory (AD) is different from specialized and often disconnected directories. AD is designed to play many different roles within an organization. The roles range from managing Windows networks to managing directory enabled applications. The bottom line is that Active Directory empowers organizations to centralize their directory management in a more streamlined, powerful and flexible manner.
Active Directory is the distributed database where all information pertaining to users, groups, servers, printers and "shared information" is stored. A well-designed Active Directory structure is critical to the successful deployment of an Enterprise-wide Windows-2000 implementation. A choice of three models are available to choose from when laying out an Active Directory structure: Single forest, single domain, Single forest, multiple domain, Multiple forest, multiple domain. The Single Forest, Multiple domain was chosen for Riordan manufacturing since each location of Riordan focuses on a different mission.
Single Forest, Multiple Domain
This model uses multiple domains to separate users and administrative control. The domains can be organized in a hierarchical fashion, where trust relationships between domains are transitive, in a ‘flat’ model, where every domain is at the top level of the forest, or in some combination of the two.
Some of the advantages of this model include:
• Centralized administration of...