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Step-by-Step Guide to Deploying ADAM

Updated: August 22, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 R2

This document is a step-by-step guide for deploying Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM).

The Active Directory® directory service in Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and in Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 is the fastest growing directory service for intranets and extranets, as a result of its rich integration of directory support and security, scalability, and native Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) support. Active Directory in Windows Server 2003 builds on that success by supporting a number of new LDAP capabilities that are targeted for information technology (IT) professionals and applications developers. ADAM is one of these new capabilities. Organizations, independent software vendors (ISVs), and developers who want to integrate their applications with a directory service now have an additional capability in Active Directory that provides numerous benefits.

With this document, you will be able to set up ADAM and get it running quickly, so that you can explore some of its new and important features.

Specifically, in this scenario you perform the following tasks for this walk-through:

  1. Set up the lab environment, where you install and configure ADAM.

  2. Install ADAM.

Next, you explore its features for adding and managing data:

  1. Set up application data so that you can use ADAM with an application.

  2. Query and retrieve the application data that you imported into your ADAM instance.

  3. Practice creating and managing organizational units (OUs), groups, and users in ADAM.

  4. Manually add and then delete an application directory partition.

  5. Grant and deny user permissions.

Finally, you practice administrative tasks:

  1. Practice binding to an ADAM instance in several ways.

  2. Practice performing the basic functions of using ADAM such as starting and stopping an instance of ADAM.

  3. Back up, remove, and restore an ADAM instance.

  4. Install replicas of ADAM.

  5. Perform ADAM tasks programmatically.

It is recommended that you first use the steps provided in this guide in a test lab environment. Step-by-step guides are not necessarily meant to be used to deploy Windows Server features without accompanying documentation. You should use this guide with discretion when using it as a stand-alone document.

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