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Using the Active Directory Management Tools

After Active Directory is installed on a domain controller (along with DNS and DHCP, if necessary), you will find that the Server Manager is now populated with the Active Directory Domain Services snap-in, which provides easy access to events associated with the Active Directory, system services currently running, role services (which can easily be added), and advanced AD DS tools. Figure 8.10 shows the Server Manager with the Active Directory Domain Services node selected.

Figure 8.10. The Server Manager provides the administrative work space for working with the Active Directory and launching its associated tools.

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In terms of Active Directory Management tools, you access Active Directory Users and Computers and Active Directory Sites and Services by expanding the Active Directory Domain Services node in the Server Manager node pane (and then selecting the specific tool such as Active Directory Users and Computers).

Another important tool, Active Directory Domains and Trusts, can be started from the Server Manager Window when Active Directory Domain Services is selected in the node list. Just click the AD Domains and Trusts link in the Advanced Tools list. The remainder of this hour focuses on the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in (as does the beginning of Hour 9). Active Directory Domains and Trusts and Active Directory Sites and Services are discussed in Hour 9.

Did you Know?

You can also launch these AD DS tools as MMC snap-ins; select Start, point at Administrative Tools, and then select the appropriate Active Directory tool (such as Active Directory Users and Computers on the Administrative Tools menu that appears.

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