Microsoft Posts Stand-Alone Active Directory
- By Scott Bekker
Microsoft has posted the bits for its stand-alone Active Directory, an out-of-band component of Windows Server 2003 that greatly expands the flexibility of Microsoft's directory services.
Active Directory in Application Mode, or AD/AM, unties Active Directory from the server operating system and the domain structure -- addressing one of the big criticisms of Active Directory in the Windows 2000 release.
Key differences between AD/AM and the regular Active Directory are that AD/AM runs as an independent service instead of an operating system service, it is not required to run on a domain controller, it can be run in multiple instances on a single server and it will run on Windows XP for development and testing purposes.
Microsoft has identified several usage scenarios for AD/AM:
To deploy an application-specific directory.
For use by application developers.
For extranet access management.
The bits are available here..
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.