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    Active Directory Design

    Does anybody know of any software that can simulate active directory simply from a design point of view. I am looking at completely redesigning the active directory structure and would like to plan out what I am going to do.

    I know that I can do this either on Excel or using a good old fashioned pen and paper but software that could realistically insert OU's and all relevant objects within them in the same way that active directory does, would be ideal.

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    Re: Active Directory Design

    Just lay it out in a logical manner and document what is where is about all you can do simply.

    Ben

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    Re: Active Directory Design

    I am quite sure that Microsoft Visio allows you to do AD design

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    Re: Active Directory Design

    Quote Originally Posted by plexer
    Just lay it out in a logical manner and document what is where is about all you can do simply.

    Ben

    Was afraid that would be the answer. As a thought, I suppose I could create an empy OU on my working domain called DESIGN or something, and then use that as the root of my new domain structure. This wouldn't effect the rest of the domain in anyway but would still offer all the OU/Object functionality that I require. Anything against doing this?

    Tom

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    Re: Active Directory Design

    None as far as I can see.

    Ben

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    Re: Active Directory Design

    You could always bash up a test system in VMWare and play around to your hearts delight without the risk of damaging anything

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    Re: Active Directory Design

    Quote Originally Posted by tscnmuk
    As a thought, I suppose I could create an empy OU on my working domain called DESIGN or something, and then use that as the root of my new domain structure. This wouldn't effect the rest of the domain in anyway but would still offer all the OU/Object functionality that I require. Anything against doing this?
    You would not be able to simulate certain policy settings that can only be set in the 'Default Domain Policy'; password length and complexity for example.

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    Re: Active Directory Design

    Virtual test system is the way to go.

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