Best Practice Active Directory Design for Managing Windows Networks

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Best Practice Active Directory Design for Managing Windows Networks
A structured approach to Active Directory design makes enterprise-scale directory service deployment straightforward and easy to understand. This guide combines business and technical guidance to minimize the time and effort required to implement the Active Directory directory service.

This guide provides a step-by-step methodology based on best practices learned from customers that have already deployed Active Directory in their organizations. It provides all the tasks and decisions you need to develop an Active Directory design to manage Windows networks. The intended audience for this guide is the IT professional responsible for testing, piloting, and rolling out an
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About this Guide
This guide was written for IT professionals who are going to participate in an Active Directory planning and deployment project. It provides a best practice approach to designing Active Directory that combines business and technical guidance to minimize the time and effort required to implement Active Directory in your organization. It contains worksheets throughout this document that will assist you in recording your design.

The Best Practice Approach

The best practice approach is based on the experience gained by the Active Directory development team from organizations that have successfully implemented Active Directory. This approach shortens planning cycles by:

• Promoting standard, tested Active Directory designs. • Focusing on design choices that are proven to work well in the Windows NOS management role. • Clarifying task milestones and the order of tasks with flowcharts and worksheets. • Providing scenarios to reinforce design concepts.

The Scope of this Document

While the guidelines presented in this document are appropriate for almost all NOS management deployments, they have been tested and validated specifically for environments containing:

• Less than 100,000 users. • Less than 200 physical locations. •

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