name resolution

The process of translating a name into some object or information that the name represents.


A logical, hierarchical naming scheme for grouping related types. For example, DNS, NetBIOS, and LDAP.

naming context

A contiguous Active Directory® subtree that is replicated on one or more domain controllers in a forest. Also known as a directory partition.

native mode

A domain where native mode has been enabled using the domain property page in the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in. Also see mixed mode.

Domains must be operating in native mode for nested groups to be supported.


See naming context.


NetWare Directory Services.