Directory Services

Tracking Changes

Some applications must maintain consistency between specific data stored in the Microsoft® Active Directory® directory service and other data. The other data might be stored in Active Directory, in a SQL Server table, in a file, or in the registry. When data stored in Active Directory changes, the other data may be required to change in order to remain consistent. Applications that have this requirement include:

This section does not cover mechanisms used by monitoring applications. These are applications that monitor directory changes not for the purpose of maintaining consistent data between separate stores, but as a system management tool. Although monitoring applications can use the same mechanisms that support change-tracking applications, the following mechanisms are specifically tailored for monitoring applications:

This section includes the following topics: