COMMENTARY--Microsoft's Active Directory (AD) is a powerful tool for an enterprise computing environment, but there haven't been many enterprise environments lining up to adopt it. According to February 2001 data from the Giga Information Group, Windows 2000 server licenses exceeded the 1 million copy mark, but only 10 to 15 percent have deployed AD in any way. Many of the AD deployments have been relegated to lab testing or small, virgin Windows 2000 environments.
Based on my experience as a systems consultant for enterprise environments, many of those 1 million Windows 2000 servers are:
- Rogue workgroup file and print boxes or member servers in existing Windows NT 4.0 domains.
- Acting as non-domain-connected workgroup IIS 5.0 Web servers.
- Acting as Windows 2000 Terminal Servers replacing aging Citrix Winframe or Metaframe or Microsoft Terminal Server machines.
While Windows 2000 Server provides a huge improvement in stability and functionality over previous versions of the product, the reception to its Active Directory has been less than lukewarm. Why hasn't it been embraced?
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