What is active directory domain services

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is a core Windows technology used to manage users, computers, and other devices on the network. It is the main authentication, authorization, and directory service in a Windows domain. AD DS is used to store, organize, and manage shared resources, and user accounts, and provides access control and security policies.

Features of Active Directory Domain Services #

  • Authentication – AD DS enables a user to authenticate themselves against a central authority based on a username and password.
  • Authorization – AD DS provides rules which control who can access what resources within the network.
  • Group Membership – AD DS allows users to be assigned to various groups, which facilitate access to specific resources on a network.
  • User Profiles – AD DS allows users to customize the environment for their own needs, creating profiles that can be used across different machines.
  • Security – AD DS provides security at the network layer, enforcing policies such as password strength, and restricting access to specific resources to only those users who have the correct permissions.

Benefits of Active Directory Domain Services #

  • Centralized System – AD DS simplifies the management of users, computers, and devices by having the tasks centralised in one system.
  • Integrated with Windows – AD DS is tightly integrated with Windows, so it can take advantage of the security offered by Windows and extend it further.
  • Scalability – AD DS scales easily, meaning it can be used for both small and large environments.
  • Cost-Effective – AD DS simplifies the cost of implementing active directory domain services, making it more affordable than traditional identity management solutions.