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Chapter 4.1. Overview of Managing the Di... > Configuring a Domain Controller

Configuring a Domain Controller

Domains and Domain Controllers in Windows 2000 are very different from what they were in Windows NT 4.0. In Windows NT, Domain Controllers knew only about the objects in their Domain. However, Windows 2000 Domain Controllers have three naming contexts: the Domain, the Schema, and the Configuration. The Domain context is the set of all objects and attributes in the Domain. For example, this includes users, groups, and computers. The Schema context is the knowledge of the objects (or classes) and attributes that exist for the entire forest. Finally, the Configuration context includes information on such objects as replication, the Active Directory namespace, and sites.

Domains in Windows 2000 are part of a hierarchical namespace. These Domains are connected to their parent and children Domains with two-way Kerberos transitive trusts. It is no longer necessary to maintain manually a complex web of one-way trust relationships.


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