Microsoft Meta Directory Services

MMS is a special application that is designed to oversee multiple directory services. MMS manages the operations of several directories to ensure data integrity. If you install MMS over AD and you identify AD as the primary source of information, MMS will automatically modify the values in other directory services when you modify values in AD.

The Standard Edition of MMS is available for free (http://www.microsoft.com/mms/) and is designed to support the integration of data between AD, AD/AM, and Exchange. The Enterprise Edition is designed to integrate heterogeneous data sources. Both run as services on Member Servers and both include simplified deployments. It is important to keep in mind that MMS implementations are additional and separate from AD implementations. But the advantages are clear. If you need to integrate several directories such as in-house databases, third-party software applications, and even other forests, or if you need to integrate AD and AD/AM, MMS is the best way to ensure that data is populated from one information source to all others or automatically synchronize data in multiple deposits. It will also help you manage the employee move, add, and change process since it provides

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AD Network Infrastructure & Object Management Directory

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AD/AM Application Integration Directory

Figure 3-8 Integrating AD, AD/AM, and other directories with MMS 2003

a single, integrated view of all employee data. The integrated operation of MMS, AD, and AD/AM is illustrated in Figure 3-8.

For more information on the integration of WS03's directory services, search for "A New Roadmap to Directory Services " at http://www.thedotnetmag.com.

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