Designing Development Support Infrastructures (Part 3 of 5): Using Active Directory to Support Internal Development
The Power of Active Directory
There's no doubt that the virtual environments offered by the Windows 2000 Active Directory are much more versatile than that of mainframe systems. AD provides organizations with secure virtual partitions, all at the cost of no more than two servers per domain. But in order to take advantage of these capabilities, organizations must rethink their AD objectives. Using functional domains is certainly not something most Windows administrators are used to.
The next release of AD, Windows .NET Server, will bring even more functionality for development support. This won't happen for some time however, since rumors have it that WNS won't be out until sometime next year. Meanwhile, you can get your feet wet with the first version of this powerful solution, Windows 2000.