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Active Directory Domain Services

Updated: April 18, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) stores directory data and manages communication between users and domains, including user logon processes, authentication, and directory searches. An Active Directory domain controller is a server that is running AD DS.

Help installed with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is also available in the Windows Server 2008 Technical Library.

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