Microsoft Active Directory Application Mode

By Bryan Muehlberger, ITworld |  How-to

Last week we stepped through the installation of Microsoft Active
Directory Application Mode (ADAM). Today we look at some of the common
administrative tasks within ADAM and how to perform them.

After you complete the installation of ADAM, you will notice a number of
new utilities that are installed.

ADSI Edit - Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in for general ADAM
administration, including replication scheduling.

ADAM Schema - MMC snap-in for administration of the ADAM schema.

Adamsetup - Command that launches the ADAM Setup Wizard and, through
command-line parameters, that can be used to perform unattended ADAM
installs.

Csvde - Command-line tool for importing and exporting directory
contents, such as schema definitions and directory objects, that are
stored as comma-separated value (.csv) files.

Dsmgmt - Command-line tool for general ADAM administration.

Dsacls - Command-line tool for displaying and changing permissions
(access control entries (ACEs)) in the access control list (ACL) of
objects in ADAM.

Dsdbutil - Command-line tool for managing ADAM database (.dit) files.

Dsdiag - Command-line tool for general ADAM monitoring.

Ldifde - Command-line tool for importing and exporting directory
contents, such as schema definitions and directory objects, that are
stored as LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF) files.

Ldp - Graphical user interface (GUI) tool for general administration of
a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directory service.

Repadmin - Command-line tool for monitoring replication.

Each of these utilities is explained in detail in the ADAM Help file
included in the installation of ADAM. You will quickly note that
routine tasks are not as easy as they are with Active Directory.
However, by using the import features or by programmatically updating
accounts and information in the ADAM instance, you will be able to
manage your ADAM installation much more easily.

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