Active directory,Windows and ADS services

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What is the difference between Windows 2000 Active Directory and Windows 2003 Active Directory? Is there any difference in 2000 Group Polices and 2003 Group Polices? What is meant by ADS and ADS services in Windows 2003?

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Active directory,Windows and ADS services



Dear C-salazar,

Most of the features in Active Directory NT/2000 and 2003 are same. And of course 2003 supports all 2000 features including the new ones. The enhanced features in 2003 are listed below.

  • Directory partition Backup event.
  • Enhanced replication security resulting in less replication errors.
  • DNS replication automatically managed in Directory replication.
  • Supports running Domain Controller on virtual machine.
  • Storage of deleted objects for 180 days.
  • Improved removal of server meta data.

There are some added features which makes 2003 more user friendly mentioned below.

  • Modification of common attributes of by Multiple selection objects.
  • Modify common attributes of multiple user objects at one time.
  • Drag-and-drop functionality.
  • Efficient searching.
  • Saves commonly used search queries.
  • Command-line configuration tools.
  • Secure LDAP traffic.

Regarding group policies following features are added.

  • Universal group membership caching.
  • Active Directory quotas.
  • InetOrgPerson class. 


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