Friday, May 18, 2012

Managing Application Directory Partitions

You can use the following tools to create, delete, or manage application directory partitions:
Application-specific tools from the application vendor
Ntdsutil command-line tool
LDAP
Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI)
This lesson provides information about using Ntdsutil to create and manage application directory partitions. To manage application directoiy partitions, you must be able to complete the following tasks:
Create or delete an application directory partition.
Add or remove an application directory partition replica.
Display application directory partition information.
Set a notification delay.
Prepare a cross-reference object.
Set an application directory partition reference domain.
To perform these tasks, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group or the Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.
To perform these tasks, you use the domain management command within the Ntdsutil command. To open the Ntdsutil domain management command:
1. Click Start, and then click Command Prompt.
2. At the command prompt, type ntdsutil.
3. At the Ntdsutil command prompt, type domain management.
4. At the domain management command prompt, type connection.
5. At the connection command prompt, type connect to server ServerName,
where ServerName is the DNS name of the domain controller to which you want to connect.
6. At the connection command prompt, type quit.
When you create an application directory partition, you are creating the first instance of this partition. When you delete an application directory partition, you are removing all replicas of that partition from your forest. The deletion process must replicate to all domain controllers that contain a replica of the application directory partition before the deletion process is complete. When an application directory partition is deleted, any data that is contained in it is lost. To create or delete an application directory partition:
1. Type the appropriate commands to invoke the ntdsutil domain management com
mand.
2. At the domain management command prompt, do one of the following:
A To create an application directory partition, type:
create nc ApplicationDirectoryPartition DomainControUer, where Appli-cationDirectoryPartition is the distinguished name of the application directory partition you want to create, and DomainControUer is the DNS name of the domain controller on which you want to create the application directory partition. Type null to create the application directory partition on the domain controller to which you are currently connected.
a To delete an application directory partition, type:
delete nc ApplicationDirectoryPartition, where ApplicationDirectoryPartition is the distinguished name of the application directory partition you want to delete.
Adding or Removing an Application Directory Partition Replica.An application directory partition replica is an instance of a partition on another domain controller, created for redundancy or data access purposes. When you remove an application directory partition replica, any data that is contained in the replica is lost.
To add or remove an application directory partition replica:
1. Type the appropriate commands to invoke the ntdsutil domain management
command.
2.At the domain management command prompt, do one of the following:
a To add an application directory partition replica, type:
add nc ApplicationDirectoryPartition DomainControUer, where ApplicationDirectoryPartition is the distinguished name of the application directory partition replica that you want to add, and DomainControUer is the DNS name of the domain controller on which you want to create the application directory partition replica. Type null to create the application directory partition replica on the domain controller to which you are currently connected.

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