Domain controller

5 pts.
Tags:
Active Directory
Domain Controller
Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows XP
What other services a domain controller provide other than those related to maintaining an Active Directory? What arre the factors that should be taken into conderations when engaging the additional services?

Software/Hardware used:
Microsoft XP, Vista, 7

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A domain controller will:
- provide authentication and authorisation through the use of groups and permissions
- provide access to managing the environment through GPOs
- may provide DNS if that service is loaded – best practice is to use AD integrated DNS
- maintains the AD database
- replicates the AD information to other domain controllers
- controls the password reset process
- provides tools for adminsitering AD

You could also run DHCP and\or WINS on a domain controller. i would not recommend running any other services

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