What is Active Directory?
Active Directory is a directory service or container which stores data objects on your local network environment. The service records data on users, devices, applications, groups, and devices in a hierarchical structure.
The structure of the data makes it possible to find the details of resources connected to the network from one location. In essence, Active Directory acts like a phonebook for your network so you can look up and manage devices easily.
What does Active Directory do?
There are many reasons why enterprises use directory services like Active Directory. The main reason is convenience. Active Directory enables users to log on to and manage a variety of resources from one location. Login credentials are unified so that it is easier to manage multiple devices without having to enter account details to access each individual machine.