With MICROSOFT WINDOWS 2000 ACTIVE DIRECTORY PROGRAMMING, developers get the hardcore, hands-on guidance they need to fully exploit the network directory services in the Windows 2000 operating system. The book delivers a concise, conceptual introduction to the technology, then plunges into the how-to's for building powerful distributed applications that use the Active Directory service and the Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI). Developers working with the Microsoft Visual C++ and Visual Basic development environments get practical instruction on how to "directory enable" their Windows applications-including how to take advantage of Active Directory support in Active Server Pages. Network administrators will find useful coverage and examples geared to their needs, learning how to use ADSI with Windows Scripting and VBScript to automate common administrative tasks. Each chapter examines a different facet of programming with Active Directory, with code samples suitable for real-world applications. All the book's code is packed onto the companion CD-ROM, along with the ADSI Software Developer Kit and helpful utilities so readers can study and reuse them in their own projects.