Best Practices Analyzer for Active Directory Domain Services: Operation

Updated: August 31, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

The topics in this section explain how to bring Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) into compliance with operation best practices. Content in this section is most valuable to administrators who have completed a Best Practices Analyzer scan of AD DS and who want information about how to interpret and resolve scan results that identify areas of AD DS that are not compliant with operation best practices.

Best Practices Analyzer and operation rules

The Best Practices Analyzer applies operation rules to identify best-practice-related, possible causes of a server role’s failure to carry out its prescribed tasks in an enterprise. An example of a violation of operation rules that a Best Practices Analyzer scan might find is a service that is paused or stopped.

For more information about Best Practices Analyzer and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer (

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