Active Directory is referred to as a special purpose database that automates network management of user data, security and dispersed resources. It is specially designed to provide a common interface for organizing and information maintenance related to network resources. This directory keeps track record of all the information related to network and all network based resources such as users, computers, files and applications etc. It basically acts like a central authority and provides searchable information repository with high-end security of network.
Active directory simplifies the administration and makes resources readily available for the users. One can easily locate network resources, such as files and printers. It also provides data protection while minimizing the barriers of online business. Following are the features of active directory, which will make the concept more clear:
- Object-oriented storage organization
- Easier access to information
- Simplified management of network resources for convenience
- Scalability without complexity
- Replication and trust monitoring