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Plan your upgrade from Windows Server 2003 domains and forests to Windows Server 2008 R2. Bring a new feature set to the table.

If you are still managing a Windows Server 2003 domain and forest, it’s time to look at upgrading to Windows Server 2008 R2. There is an array of new features and improvements in Windows Server 2008 R2 by itself, beyond the enhancements brought specifically to AD. Windows Server 2008 adds fine-grained password policies, read-only DCs, restartable AD services, snapshot viewer and more. Furthermore, Windows Server 2008 R2 includes an AD recycle bin, Active Directory Administrative Center, Best Practices Analyzer and the PowerShell AD module, to name a few. Be sure to take inventory of all the benefits you can get from making the leap to Windows Server 2008 R2.

In this slideshow, Azaleos identifies tips focusing on Active Directory improvements. They have collected the following best practices from their network operations centers for making Active Directory run more smoothly in 2012. These tips cover a lot of ground, from consolidation down to smaller items, such as using the new recycle bin feature. Start small and tackle each of these items gradually. This will enable you to stay current with required fixes, while monitoring the health, performance and functionality of your AD enterprise for smooth sailing into the new year.

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