This topic provides you with information about the common administration and troubleshooting tasks and tools that are associated with managing Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) from this version of Windows:
AD DS downloads
Design and deployment
These links take you to additional information about common Active Directory tasks on the Microsoft Web site:
Administering the Windows Time Service
Administering Domain Controllers
This section describes the Microsoft Web site downloads and tools associated with this version of Windows that help you configure and manage AD DS:
Active Directory Domain Services Command Reference
You can run these tools on a server running Windows Server® 2008 or Windows Server® 2008 R2 that has the AD DS server role installed. You can also run them from a workstation that runs Windows Vista or this version of Windows with Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed:
Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista (KB941314)
Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB941314)
For AD DS .doc downloads, go to the following resources on the Microsoft Web site:
Active Directory Domain Services Operations Guide
DNS Step-by-Step Guide
Best Practice Guide for Securing Active Directory Installations.doc—provides detailed information about securing domain controllers.
Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Branch Office Guide
For information about deploying AD DS, go to the following resources on the Microsoft Web site:
AD DS Design Guide—provides in-depth guidance for planning Active Directory Domain Services.
AD DS Deployment Guide—provides in-depth guidance for deploying AD DS in both new and upgrade environments.
Domain Controller Role: Configuring a domain controller—provides information and procedures to help you configure a domain controller.
For operational information about AD DS, go to the following resources on the Microsoft Web site:
Administering Domain and Forest Trusts
Administering Active Directory Backup and Recovery
Administering Intersite Replication
For more information about AD DS, go to the following resources on the Microsoft Web site:
Windows Server 2003 Technical Reference
Windows interface administrative tool reference A-Z
Windows Client TechCenter
Active Directory Domain Services for Windows Server 2008