Active Directory Schema

Information about the schema for Active Directory™, the directory service that is included with Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server, is essential for anyone who is managing the directory service or who is developing directory-aware applications for Microsoft® Windows® 2000–based servers. The material in this chapter covers how the schema for Active Directory is defined, how to modify ("extend") the schema, what safeguards are implemented in the service to protect the schema from being corrupted during the process of modifying it, what automatic checks are included to ensure schema consistency, and what precautions to take when you install new applications on a domain controller.

In This Chapter

Introduction to the Active Directory Schema

Location of the Schema in Active Directory

Active Directory Schema Objects

Schema Cache

Default Security of Active Directory Objects

Extending the Schema