Active Directory (AD) is a directory service that Microsoft developed for Windows domain networks and included in most Windows Server operating systems as a set of processes and services.
An AD domain controller authenticates and authorizes all users and computers in a Windows domain type network—assigning and enforcing security policies for all computers and installing or updating software. For example, when a user logs into a computer that is part of a Windows domain, Active Directory checks the submitted password and determines whether the user is a system administrator or normal user.
Active Directory makes use of Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) versions 2 and 3, Microsoft's version of Kerberos, and DNS.
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Microsoft Active Directory was added to AlternativeTo by wisd0m on Jul 9, 2014 and this page was last updated Dec 13, 2019. Microsoft Active Directory is sometimes referred to as Active Directory, AD, Microsoft AD.
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