Active Directory Adoption in Full Swing

A key indicator of Windows 2000’s popularity in the enterprise, Active Directory adoption, is showing dramatic growth, according to a Web survey by

A key indicator of Windows 2000’s popularity in the enterprise, Active Directory adoption, is showing dramatic growth, according to a Web survey by

The survey received responses from about 800 IT professionals. Reporter Joe McKendrick wrote that “Active Directory migrations, the surest sign that organizations are committing themselves to Microsoft's infrastructure, are in full swing and should be the rule rather than the exception by the end of this year.”

In all, 78 percent of respondents will have either finished or be in the midst of their AD rollouts by the end of this year. They’re moving to AD for a variety of reasons:

  • Enhanced manageability—54 percent
  • Exchange 2000 support—39 percent
  • Better client management—39 percent
  • Better security—38 percent

Just 14 percent said they had no plans to move to AD.

More good news for Microsoft is found in server statistics. “Of all of the servers at respondents' organizations (an average of 400 servers), some 56 percent are running Windows 2000. Overall, 83 percent of the organizations responding to the survey run Windows 2000 Server in some capacity,” the story states.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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Reader Comments:

Sat, Apr 5, 2003 Ryan M. Denver, CO

Yes, AD does require planning! That's why you make very sure you have a n MCSE with lab training doing the deployment. An MCSE should know, and have tested in lab exercises, the design aspects and possible issues associated with AD. When done right, AD can be an extremely useful and powerful tool for networks ranging from the 5-person startup to the 50,000-person, multinational corporation.

Of course you make sure you have a maintenance contract, but if you've contracted the installation to begin with and things go wrong, then that company should fix the issues at their own expense.

Thu, Apr 3, 2003 Hesam Esfahlani Tehran

Hello dear;
I want get MCSE & now I read Profesional, Server ( MOC ).
but I want if you can, tell me if I have MCSE can I work for Microsoft or not? and more information about after I get MCSE please.
Thank you.

Wed, Mar 19, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Good luck. Unless you have a extremly large organization AD is more problems than what it is worth. Wait until you show up for work one day and nobody can login. Pay for a maint. contract you will need it.

Tue, Mar 18, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Plan, plan, plan. I know my friends company implemented without planning effectively and now they are to clean it's much harder this way around.

Mon, Mar 10, 2003 dc007 new york

I just finished my training for migrating from Windows 4.0 to 2000 and we're planning our AD deployment in about 12 months.

Mon, Mar 10, 2003 Phil Datacenter

We are currently using NT 4.0 for all domain management and expect to migrate to AD within the next 18mos

Sun, Mar 9, 2003 Amit Bangalore (India)

Hi I am MCP

Fri, Mar 7, 2003 Tharg Antarctica

If you get your DNS set up correctly, AD mostly looks after inself. Haven't had any biggies so far.

Thu, Mar 6, 2003 Bobbie Ghana

I have completed Active Directory Rollout in my test LAB. I work with a CTEC. I am looking forward to deploying Windows Server 2003.

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