Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is a server role in Active Directory that allows admins to manage and store information about resources from a network, as well as application data, in a distributed database.

After the script was complete, that customer allowed me to release the script to the community.

Now two years later, I have finally added HTML and Text output along with a lot of bug fixes and enhancement requests.

AD DS integrates security by authenticating logons and controlling who has access to directory resources.

The makeup of AD DS includes: A number of new features were added to AD DS when Windows Server 2012 was released.

Back in July, for my employer Choice Solutions, I worked on a Greenfield AD project.

I did not have access to a domain joined computer with Microsoft Word installed.

I took that as the impetus to finally get around to adding HTML output.

Two years ago I had a list of enhancements people asked for in the original script.

Some of these new features include a global catalog with information about all objects in the directory, a replication service to dispense a directory's data across the network and a flexible single master options role to have a consistent directory without conflicting entries.

The last couple of months, I have actively worked together with Veeam to profile their excellent Veeam Explorer for Active Directory and to help people get more out of their current investments in on-premises Active Directory Domain Services.

One of the projects we’ve worked on is a whitepaper that details what’s new in Active Directory Domain Services since Windows Server 2008 R2, how organizations can benefit from these features and the requirements to enable and/or use each of these features.