Name Resolution in Active Directory

Finding information in Active Directory ™ , the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 directory service involves first locating an Active Directory server (domain controller) for logging on to a domain and then finding the information that you need in Active Directory. Both processes use name resolution. When you are locating a domain controller, the Domain Name System (DNS) resolves (by DNS name resolution) a domain name or computer name to an Internet Protocol (IP) address. During the search for information in Active Directory, Windows 2000 resolves (by Lightweight Directory Access Protocol [LDAP] name resolution) a distinguished name to a domain controller that holds the entry for that name.

In This Chapter

Locating Active Directory Servers

Finding Information in Active Directory

  • For more information about DNS, Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) networks, subnets, and subnet masks, see the Microsoft ® Windows ®  2000 Server Resource Kit TCP/IP Core Networking Guide .

  • For information about planning and deploying of domains and domain controllers, see the Microsoft ® Windows ®  2000 Server Resource Kit Deployment Planning Guide .