Benefits of consolidating active directory domains
Active Directory automatically manages the communications between domain controllers to ensure the network remains viable.
Users can access all resources on the network for which they are authorized through a single sign-on.
Active Directory offers a means of easily promoting and demoting domain controllers and member servers.
Systems can be managed and secured via group policies.
Before we get to the bad news, let me establish an even playing field by spouting the benefits of Active Directory.
First and foremost, Active Directory is generally considered to be a significant improvement over Windows NT Server 4.0 domains or even standalone server networks.
Recognizing the need for across-the-board best practices to manage the two forests (AD top-level containers) and serve 1,500 users across 20 departments, De Angelo decided to bring in experts to assess the AD situation and educate IT staff.
Read on to see what Chautauqua County and others have learned about AD management.
Those companies that need multiple schemas or global catalogs must implement multiple forests.
Instead, you need an arduous migration process to move the important entities from one domain or forest into the other.
Active Directory relies upon DNS to function, but not all DNS servers are capable of supporting Active Directory.
Active Directory provides a centralized administration mechanism over the entire network.
It also provides for redundancy and fault tolerance when two or more domain controllers are deployed within a domain.