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Learn AD in 15 Minutes a Week: Active Directory Domains and Trusts MMC, Part 2

By Jason Zandri (Send Email)
Posted May 16, 2003


Welcome to the 20th installment of "Learn Active Directory Design and Administration in 15 Minutes a Week," a weekly series aimed at current IT professionals preparing to take the new Windows Active Directory Design and Administration exams (70-219 and 70-217 respectively), as well as newcomers to the field who are trying to get a solid grasp on this new and emerging directory service from Microsoft. Get a leg up on the new Windows Active Directory Design and Administration exams. With the latest installment in his series, Jason Zandri takes a deeper look at the use and functionality behind Active Directory Domains and Trusts Microsoft Management Console.

This installment is going to take a further look at the Active Directory Domains and Trusts Microsoft Management Console and offer a review of some of the concepts surrounding the tool's use and functionality.

[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] - I have gotten some email recently about how I am going to address Active Directory articles as far as the changes that have been implemented in Windows Server 2003. For now I am going to keep the main course of these articles in this column focused on the 70-217 AND the 70-219 exams.

Any Active Directory articles that are going to be totally centered on Windows Server 2003 Active Directory features will be found on the Windows Server 2003 page for the time being.

The Active Directory Domains and Trusts Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is part of the administrative tools that are installed by default on systems that have been configured as domain controllers.

The tool can also be installed on a Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional workstation in order to administer the domain from a console other than the domain controllers themselves by installing and utilizing the proper ADMINPAK administrative tools (Adminpak.msi) .

[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] - In order to maintain either a Windows 2000 domain or a Server 2003 domain from a Windows 2000 Professional or an XP Professional workstation, you should download and install the appropriate Adminpak (Adminpak.msi) when the CDROM you need is not available.

Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools cannot be installed on a Windows 2000-based computer.

The Adminpak.msi tools can NOT be installed on any earlier operating system such as NT4.

The Windows Server 2003 ADMINPAK can be found on the Windows Server 2003 CD which will allow you to install the Administration Tools onto computers that are running the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2003 systems (all versions)
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later
  • Windows XP Professional with QFE patch Q329357

With the RC2 version of ADMINPAK you can manage the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2003 systems (all versions)
  • Windows 2000 Server systems (all versions)

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