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Active Directory


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Active Directory (AD) is a directory service that Microsoft developed for Windows domain networks. It is included in most Windows Server operating systems as a set of processes and services. Initially, Active Directory was only in charge of centralized domain management. Starting with Windows Server 2008, however, Active Directory became an umbrella title for a broad range of directory-based identity-related services.

A server running Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is called a domain controller. It authenticates and authorizes all users and computers in a Windows domain type network—assigning and enforcing security policies for all computers and installing or updating software. For example, when a user logs into a computer that is part of a Windows domain, Active Directory checks the submitted password and determines whether the user is a system administrator or normal user.

Active Directory uses Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) versions 2 and 3, Microsoft's version of Kerberos, and DNS.

This list is compiled annually through our web surveys, internet research, and phone interviews with California school districts.

School Districts in California that use Active Directory*

Antioch Unified
Bellevue Union Elementary
Beverly Hills Unified
Brentwood Union Elementary
Capistrano Unified
Chowchilla Elementary
Corcoran Joint Unified
Corning Union High
Desert Sands Unified
East Whittier City Elementary
El Monte Union High
Folsom-Cordova Unified
Jefferson Elementary
Lancaster Elementary
Merced City Elementary
Metropolitan Education District
Nevada Joint Union High
New Haven Unified
Novato Unified
Paramount Unified
Petaluma City Elementary
Placer Hills Union Elementary
Pomona Unified
Richland Union Elementary
San Francisco Unified
San Mateo-Foster City
Scotts Valley Unified
Standard Elementary
Ventura Unified
Whittier Union High
Woodland Joint Unified

* This is a partial list generated through our annual technology systems survey, internet searches, and other methods.

Also, districts constantly change enterprise systems in an never ending quest to find the 'best' of the best. So expect these results to change over time.

If your district currently uses this system but doesn't appear on this list, please let us know by updating your district's info on our annual systems survey:


What is Active Directory?
01 – Windows Server 2016 – Active Directory Installation Step By Step
Understanding Active Directory: 01 Introduction to Active Directory

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