1. What is Active Directory Partitions?
In simple words a directory partition is where the AD information is segregated and logically stored.
2. What is use Active Directory Partitions?
There are three native partitions Schema/Configuration/Domain and additionally there is also the Application partition.
- Schema information contains – definitional details about objects and attributes that one CAN store in the AD. Replicates to all domain controllers. Static in nature.
- Configuration information contains – configuration data about forest and trees. Replicates to all domain controllers. Static as your forest is.
- Domain information contains – object information for a domain. Replicates to all domain controllers within a domain. The object portion becomes part of Global Catalog.
- Application Partition contains – information about applications in Active Directory. E.g. when AD integrated DNS is used there are two application partitions for DNS zones – ForestDNSZones and DomainDNSZones.
Schema -AD Schema
Config – AD Topology
Domain- Domain specific data
Application – Database of AD intergrated Applications Domain and Forest .We can customize in DNS zone creation time .
Create a new zone below box we can enable it with following command via CMD
dnscmd <SRV NAME> /createdirectorypartion <name.example.com>
dnscmd <SRV NAME> /Enlistdirectorypartion <name.example.com>
dnscmd <SRV NAME> /unlistdirectorypartion <name.example.com>
dnscmd <SRV NAME> /deleteEnlistdirectorypartion <name.example.com>
Note : need to be restarted the DNS services.