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Active Directory Administrative Center

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New for Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 is the AD admin center (part of the Windows 7 RSAT). A UI based on PowerShell, ADAC provides a slightly richer experience over the MMC-based ADUC. Object-related tasks are clearly visibly, object properties are consolidated in a single flowing pane, multiple domains can be seamlessly managed, and new query abilities make up some of the major improvements.

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All aspects of a computer or user object can be managed from one intuitive interface, although a majority of the tabbed extensions still exist in the new pane. Account, Org, Member of, and profile were broken out separately.

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Another nice feature is that you can quickly view many advanced details about an object such as last log on, SIDs, USNs, and GUIDs.

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Filtering allows administrators to perform searches through the directory to quickly determine many details such as disabled or locked accounts, accounts that haven’t logged on in x days, etc.

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I’m not sure I’m ready to give up ADUC just yet for ADAC but I’ll keep playing to possibly uncover additional value.

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