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




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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