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Delegating the Administration of Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services

Summary

The option to delegate administrative permissions in Windows Server 2008 AD DS provides a great deal of flexibility in how your domain can be administered. The delegation of administrative rights is based on the Active Directory security model, in which every object and every attribute on every object has an ACL that controls what permissions security principals have to a specific object. According to the security model, all permissions are, by default, inherited from container objects to objects within the container. These two basic features of the security model mean that you can assign almost any level of permission to any Active Directory object. This flexibility can also mean a great deal of complexity if the security for Active Directory is not kept as simple as possible. This chapter provided an overview of security permissions, Active Directory object access, delegation of administration, and auditing changes made in Active Directory.