The System Documents are legacy overview documents that prescribe the usage and architectures of Windows protocols specific to the MCPP Licensing Program. Microsoft has developed a new set of Overview Documents that are organized by Windows technical area rather than by licensing program. Their design, based on feedback, more clearly illustrates how Windows protocols that are functionally related work together, with practical examples that demonstrate common usage scenarios. The new Overview Documents can be found here.
Microsoft Windows networks are often configured with a domain controller providing centralized storage of accounts and administration of many computers. Many network-related operations depend on domains in order to complete various tasks. The Domain Interactions System includes the most common domain interaction tasks, such as locating a domain controller, joining a domain, and removing a domain member.This document specifies how the protocols that comprise the offerings from Microsoft are used together to maintain a relationship with the domain. This includes protocols that are used to communicate with a domain controller and maintain state, protocols that are used to augment authentication and authorization actions, and protocols that are used to interact with domain controllers.
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