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- A group of one or more Active Directory trees that trust each other. All trees in a forest share a common schema, configuration, and global catalog. When a forest contains multiple trees, the trees do not form a contiguous namespace. All trees in a given forest trust each other through transitive bidirectional trust relationships. Unlike a tree, a forest does not need a distinct name. A forest exists as a set of cross-referenced objects and trust relationships known to the member trees. Trees in a forest form a hierarchy for the purposes of trust. See also: namespace, transitive trust relationships, tree
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- A collection of one or more Active Directory domain trees that share a common schema, configuration, and global catalog and are linked with two-way transitive trusts.
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- Active Directory global security boundary, the largest single partition for any given database structure. AD protects the schema and the database structure.
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- Domain, Domain Tree, Forest trusts, GC, Global Catalog, Global Catalog (GC), Global Catalog server, PFRD, Protected Forest Root Domain (PFRD), Tree, UPN