Friday, June 18, 2010

Can Levelling a Forest be a Good Thing?

To most people, the thought of levelling a forest sounds disconcerting - after all, why would you want to level a forest, especially when the world's running out of them!

Worry not! We're actually referring to a different kind of forest, of which there are thousands in the world, and we're not actually levelling them, but rather raising their levels!

What on earth are we talking about? We're talking about Active Directory forests, which exist in virtually nine of out of ten organizations, and we're referring to the technical concept of raising the level of such a forest so as to enable greater functionalities and abilities.

For instance, if you raised the level of an Active Directory forest to Windows Server 2008 R2, you could actually of some really cool and advanced features such as the Active Directory Recycle Bin!

Now couldn't the world use more Recycle Bins! Oh well, perhaps we could cover them in our next post on Active Directory forestry!

So you see levelling a forest can be a good thing, just as long as its an Active Directory forest!



  1. Hello Benji,

    What are your thoughts about the security implications of outsourcing the management of critical IT services like DNS, DHCP, Active Directory, email (Exhange) etc. to outsourced providers. I think outsourcing of Microsoft's Active Directory technology impacts global security but I would like to hear your thoughts on the same.


  2. Hello Benji,

    Greetings from Dubai. I am an Windows IT admin and have been working with Active Directory for quite some time now. One of the things that interests me is Active Directory Security and I have been recently looking at Active Directory Risks. I've found that using a Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory can be very helpful in finding out who has what permissions in Active Directory. I thought I would share this with you in case it help you too.

    Best wishes,