Active Directory™ presents organizations with a directory service designed for distributed computing environments. Active Directory™ allows organizations to centrally manage and share information on network resources and users while acting as the central authority for network security. In addition to providing comprehensive directory services to a Microsoft® Windows® environment, Active Directory™ is designed to be a consolidation point for isolating, migrating, centrally managing, and reducing the number of directories that companies require.
Active Directory™ is the integral directory service within the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and 2003 operating systems. This service improves manageability, enables security and extends interoperability between Microsoft® Windows® 2000/2003 and other operating systems.