Directory and Identity Services


Microsoft® Active Directory® is a directory service that provides the foundation for distributed networks built on Microsoft Windows ® 2000 and later domain controllers. The Active Directory APIs provide access to the data stored in a directory. Directory Access Technologies include Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI), System.DirectoryServices (SDS), and Directory Services Markup Language (DSML) Services for Windows.

Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) is an independent mode of Active Directory that provides dedicated directory services for applications. The conceptual and programmatic compatibility of ADAM with Active Directory makes ADAM ideal for applications that require directory services, but do not require the complete infrastructure features of Active Directory.

Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 creates and distributes an integrated view of identity information from multiple data sources. Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 enables organizations to combine information into a single logical view that represents all of the identity information for a given user or resource.