Active Directory Administrative Center

Windows 2008 R2 has significant improvements over the previous windows version (it should be isn’t it?). Some of the key improvements in the area of Virtualization, Power Saving, PowerShell, RDS and also in Administrative management side. In this article I’m going to focus on one of the new feature in Windows 2008 R2.

The new management tool is “Active Directory Administrative Center”  This is a new Microsoft Management Console (hmm..MMC 4.0 future version to come (I’m pretty sure)).

Microsoft sees this as a centralize console for administrators to use to mange different domains centrally. We’ll are familiar with Active Directory Users and computers. So think this as additional tool for the management perspective drive by PowerShell technology.

You can use Active Directory Administrative Center to perform the following Active Directory administrative tasks:

  • Create new user accounts or manage existing user accounts
  • Create new groups or manage existing groups
  • Create new computer accounts or manage existing computer accounts
  • Create new organizational units (OUs) and containers or manage existing OUs
  • Connect to one or several domains or domain controllers in the same instance of Active Directory Administrative Center, and view or manage the directory information for those domains or domain controllers
  • Filter Active Directory data by using query-building search

What you cannot do is install ADAC on windows 7 (still doubtful) or windows 2000,2003. Currently ADAC only supports in windows 2008 R2 🙂


The interface of the ADAC can be customized for certain level. If you’re a administrator who is managing considerable number of domains and servers this will be a great tool to do management tasks centrally.

Hint : Without even knowing what you’re really using in the background is PowerShell. So if you moan about saying PowerShell is difficult stop that 🙂

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