In Windows Server 2003, Active Directory supports application directory partitions. An application directory partition can contain a hierarchy of any type of objects, except security principals, and can be configured to replicate to any set of domain controllers in the forest. Unlike a domain partition, an application directory partition is not required to replicate to all domain controllers in a domain and the partition can replicate to domain controllers in different domains of the forest. For more information about application directory partitions, see About Application Directory Partitions.
An application directory partition can be created. modified and deleted using standard ADSI, LDAP and System.DirectoryServices operations. The security context required to create and modify an application directory partition is the same as that for creating a domain partition.
The following topics describe how to work with application directory partitions: