Active Directory (AD)

Active Directory (AD) is an enterprise identity service from Microsoft, which provides login authentication, single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, lightweight directory services (LDAP), certificate and rights management.

Active Directory is a component of Windows Server and is also available as a cloud service Azure Active Directory, which is growing in popularity due to the trend toward remote work, with the need to authenticate resources regardless of location.

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) often refered to as the Domain Controller, stores information on users, groups, applications and devices. AD DS verifies and controls rights to access resources like a file share or printer over the network.

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) authenticates user access across multiple applications, even on different networks.

Active Directory Rights Management (AD RMS) controls information rights and management, such as forwarding permissions and encryption in Outlook, file access and presentation mode rights in PowerPoint.

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