For questions that have to do with authentication to a Windows AD (an Active Directory server or infrastructure), what's the best tag to use?

A lot of people were using , which seems pretty hopeless to me as a description.

I changed a few of those to (because "windows-ad" just does not look right). Then I finally noticed there was an existing tag. It probably makes sense to Windows people (though having the "windows" prefix is better for me), and it is shorter, possibly prettier.

I can imagine a , though this may also be confusing.

I believe that the questions talking about "domain" which were not about web domains were all talking about attempting to "become part of the [windows] domain", so I believe these could all be "active directory" tagged as well.

Are there tags I'm missing which should be considered for deletion or tag synonyms? Anyone have thoughts on this?

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I think we should drop the microsoft- because the standard term for it is active directory and everyone knows what that is and that's what people call it.

Older domain questions are different. Most Windows admins I know refer to these as "NT Domains".

Becoming "part of a Windows domain" will be ambiguous, since you don't know if they mean an old NT style network (which is common in UNIX-land since that's what Samba 3.x uses) or if they mean "join an active directory".

So maybe:

  • for AD since that's what serverfault uses and it's common usage
  • or both appear common on serverfault, in this case windows-domain makes sense so we don't mix it up with DNS domains, though I don't see how someone could mix one up with the other you never know.
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    Yeah, I like active-directory and windows-domain . domain by itself is a bit confusing to me... perhaps others have a definite preference there.
    – belacqua
    Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 6:01
  • @jgbelacqua Oh, and also have a mod do it so it doesn't bump up so many questions, I thought we were Ask Active Directory yesterday night, heh. Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 14:06
  • Yeah, sorry. I got a little carried away.
    – belacqua
    Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 15:02
  • @jgbelacqua Yeah I've only done that a hundred times myself. Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 15:03
  • @jorge @jgbelacqua I've merged windows-active-directory into active-directory Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 16:15

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