Exchange Management for your corporate network needs to be secure and foolproof. It is not something you can put into the hands of stressed-out network administrator with just the barest of Exchange Tools picked up from forums on the internet. Why?
Keeping track of everything on your network is a time-consuming task. Even on small networks, users tend to have difficulty finding network file and printer shares. Without some kind of network directory, medium and large networks are impossible to manage, and users will often have a difficult time finding resources on the network.
Previous versions of Microsoft Windows included services to help users and administrators find network resources. Network Neighborhood is useful in many environments, but users often complain about the clumsy interface, and its unpredictability baffles many administrators. The WINS Manager and Server Manager could be used to view a list of systems on the network, but they were not readily available to end users. Administrators utilized User Manager to add and delete users, an entirely different type of network object. These applications got the job done, but proved to be inefficient—especially in large networks.
All of these objects resided in a common container: the Microsoft Windows NT domain. Windows NT domains worked best in small-sized and medium-sized environments. Administrators of large environments were forced to partition their network into multiple domains interconnected with trusts. Microsoft Windows 2000 Server introduces Active Directory to replace domain functionality. Active Directory will continue to get the job done, but in a much more efficient way. Active Directory can be replicated between multiple domain controllers, so no single system is critical. In this way, the crucial data stored within Active Directory is both redundant and load-balanced.
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