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If permissions inheritance is disabled or authenticated user permissions must be disabled in your organization, you must perform additional steps during domain preparation. For details, see Preparing a Locked Down Active Directory Domain Services.

For detailed steps and user rights required to perform domain preparation, see Preparing Active Directory Domain Services.

For details about the ACEs created on the domain root and in the Users, Computers, and Domain Controllers containers, see Changes Made by Domain Preparation.

Preparing Active Directory Domain Services

The sections following this topic describe how to prepare Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) for Office Communications Server.

Active Directory Preparation Tools


You must run Active Directory preparation tasks on a computer running Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP2, or Windows Server 2008. You cannot run Active Directory preparation tasks on a computer running Microsoft Windows 2000 Server or earlier, or on a computer running any client version of the Windows operating system.

Active Directory can be prepared by using either of the following tools:

SetupEE.exe (for Enterprise Edition server consolidated configuration) or SetupSE.exe (for Standard Edition server) deployment tool

LcsCmd.exe command-line tool

These tools are provided on the Office Communications Server CD. The LcsCmd.exe command-line deployment tool is installed when you install Office Communications Server 2007 R2 administrative tools.

The SetupEE.exe or SetupSE.exe deployment tool provides wizards that guide you through each Active Directory preparation task: Prep Schema, Prep Forest, and Prep Domain. This tool is useful for environments with a single domain and single forest topology, or other similar topology. It is not available for deploying Enterprise Edition server expanded configurations.

The LcsCmd.exe command-line tool supports Active Directory preparation tasks with the SchemaPrep, ForestPrep, and DomainPrep actions. You can use this tool to run tasks remotely or for more complex environments.

Running Active Directory Preparation Tasks on 32-bit Domain Controllers

To run Active Directory preparation tasks on computers running 32-bit operating systems, you must use the 32-bit version of the LcsCmd.exe command-line tool, which is included in the 32-bit

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