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1.Introduction to Organisation-Wide Active Directory Plan
Every organisation that wishes to design and deploy a Windows Server 2003 Active Directoryinfrastructure is required to create an “Organisation-Wide Active Directory Plan”.For definitions of the terms “Organisation” and “Windows Server 2003 Active DirectoryInfrastructure”, which may be confusing and open to misinterpretation, see the “BackgroundInformation” section of this introduction to the Organisation-Wide Active Directory Plan.
The term “Organisation” refers to either an entire organisation or the largest singular structurewithin an organisation that wishes to design and deploy a Windows Server 2003 ActiveDirectory infrastructure. Within some organisations, there may hence be several ActiveDirectory infrastructures, designed and deployed by multiple divisional structures of anorganisation.The term “Active Directory infrastructure” is a collective term that refers to all of the foreststhat the “organisation” is to design and deploy.
Organisation-Wide Active Directory Plan Objectives
Hence, based upon these definitions of “organisation” and “Active Directory infrastructure”,the objective of this organisation-wide plan is to assist an organisation in the design of thetop-level components of an Active Directory infrastructure. These top-level componentsrequire design for application to all of the individual sub-components of an Active Directoryinfrastructure (such as the forest, site, and domain infrastructures).The following illustration depicts the relationship between the Organisation-Wide AD Plan andthe other plans (forest, site, domain, and migration) within this design methodology:
ORGANISATION-WIDEAD PLANSITE PLANFOREST PLANDOMAIN PLANMIGRATION PLAN
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Figure 2.1: Illustration of the Relationships between the Design Methodology Plans
Each of the other plans for implementation of an Active Directory infrastructure build upon theresults of the processes of each other as depicted above. In the above illustration, it ispossible to see how this Organisation-Wide Active Directory plan provides the foundation for all of the other plans for implementation of an Active Directory infrastructure.
Organisation-Wide Active Directory Plan Scope
The scope of this plan is to assist an organisation in defining and designing the followingcomponents of an Active Directory infrastructure for the organisation:
The definition of the scope and scale of the Active Directory infrastructure for anorganisation via the determination of the number of forests required, and the boundariesand content of each required forest
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