Active Directory (AD) is a directory service created by Microsoft for Windows domain networks.
So how does it work? - Active Directory serves as a central location for network administration and security. It is responsible for the authentication and authorization of all users and computers within a Windows Domain network by assigning Kerberos keys for secure access to resources. AD can also be used to install or update software on domain member computers. As we evolve into a much more mobilized workforce and our businesses grow, the need for a secure and centralized management system becomes key.
Active Directory is typically used for three purposes:
Internal directories are used within the corporate network for publishing information for users and resources within the enterprise. The directory may be accessible to employees when they are outside the company network using a secure connection such as a virtual private network (VPN), but it is not accessible to non-employees.
External directory. External directories are typically used to store information for customers, clients, and business partners who access external applications or services. They are also made available to customers, clients, and business partners to provide them with selected business information such as catalogs and so on.
Application integration. Application integration stores directory data that is relevant to authentication and allows access to information contained in Active Directory for use by the application.
AD is included in most Windows Server operating systems. Server computers on which Active Directory is running are called domain controllers. We always recommend being on the latest version of Windows Server to optimize AD structure.
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