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Chapter 8. Active Directory Scripting In... > Managing Active Directory

Managing Active Directory

Managing Active Directory shouldn't be a huge conceptual leap ahead of anything we've discussed so far in this chapter. It's all about containers, about moving little people around in tidy little boxes—a simulacrum of life in the business world—and it's all represented by tidy little objects. What could be so difficult about it? Ah! If the mention of X.500 doesn't strike fear into your heart now, it will within a few minutes.

Because Active Directory is designed to work alongside other manufacturers' operating systems and network services, it was designed to conform to industry-wide standards for networkable directories. This is both a blessing and a curse. In the interest of interoperability, its syntax for specifying users, groups, containers, organizational units, and so forth is based on the X.500 standard, which was designed by a committee—a huge committee. That should give you a big clue right there!


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