What's new in Windows Server 2003 - ADAM

How would you like to have the capabilities of Active Directory without

the overhead of a complex Active Directory deployment and support

infrastructure? Have you ever wanted to build an Active Directory

application, but did not want to spend time designing and deploying a

full-scale Active Directory implementation just to get started? You now

have this option with a new feature called Active Directory Application

Mode (AD/AM) or ADAM for short.

ADAM allows you to deploy a lightweight version of Active Directory on a

single server without the overhead of installing a Domain Controller.

In addition, ADAM make especially good sense when developing a new

Active Directory aware application that is going to be making frequent

changes to the schema during the development lifecycle of the

application. ADAM allows you to install one or more instances of itself

(as a service) on a single Windows 2003 Server.

Additionally, using ADAM allows you to have full reign of your own

Active Directory instance without interfering with the company-wide or

global Active Directory implementation that is in place within your

organization. This allows you to store information in the directory for

use by your application, independent of the policies that are in place

within your organization.

For example, you may have an application (like an extranet web portal)

that requires the modification of the user object in the directory and

stores information about suppliers for your division of the company.

However, since the information is not useful throughout your company you

cannot take advantage of the global AD deployment. This is a situation

where ADAM would be a perfect solution to your problem.

To find out more about Active Directory Application Mode (AD/AM), check

out http://www.microsoft.com. I will probably delve down into more

details of this great new capability in a future article, so stay tuned.

Next week I continue my discussion on the new features in Windows Server

2003.

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