The Active Directory Management Gateway Service is now available


INTRODUCTION


The Microsoft Active Directory Management Gateway Service (ADWS) lets information technology professionalsmanage Active Directory Directory Service (ADDS) and Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service (ADLDS) instances by using a Web service interface.

NoteThe ADDS or ADLDS instance must be running on the same server as ADWS..

.ADWS also lets administrators use the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell and the Active Directory Administrative Center on Windows Server 2008 R2-based servers or Windows 7-based computers to manage directory service instances that are running on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003 operating systems.


You can download and install the Active Directory Management Gateway Service on servers and domain controllers that have the following operating systems installed:
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2003 SP2
Note You can install the Active Directory Management Gateway Service on writable domain controllers as well as Read-only domain controllers that are running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 SP2.


After it is installed on any of these operating systems, the Active Directory Management Gateway Service runs as the Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Web Services (ADWS) service and provides the same functionality.

Note The Active Directory Management Gateway Service does not support instances of the Active Directory Database Mounting Tool running on Windows Server 2008–based servers.

More Information


Installation

For more information about how to download and install ADWS, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Upgrade scenarios

The following table summarizes the upgrade scenarios that are supported when ADWS is installed.

Note You must install ADWS on a server that is running Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later versions or Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later versions.
Upgrade scenarioStatusNotes
Windows Server 2003 SP2 and later versionsSupportedYou must have Windows Server 2003 SP2 or later installed to install ADWS.
Windows Server 2008 and later versionsSupportedYou must have Windows Server 2008 SP1 or later installed to install ADWS.
Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 or Windows Server 2003 SP2 to Windows Server 2008 R2SupportedIf you upgrade your operating system from Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 or Windows Server 2003 SP2 to Windows Server 2008 R2, ADWS will be automatically upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Web Services service and no further configuration steps are required.
Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 SP2 to Windows Server 2008 R2SupportedIf you upgrade your operating system from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 SP2 to Windows Server 2008 R2, ADWS will be automatically upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Web Services service and no further configuration steps are required.
Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008SupportedYou must install ADWS after the upgrade to Windows Server 2008 is complete.
Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2SupportedThe migration plug-in in Windows Server 2008 R2 installs the Active Directory Web Service. Active Directory Web Service is included in Windows Server 2008 R2.
Note To upgrade from Windows Server 2003 SP2 to Windows Server 2008 SP1 when ADWS is installed, we recommend that you do one of the following:
  • Uninstall ADWS before you upgrade to Windows Server 2008.
  • Uninstall ADWS after the upgrade is complete and then restart the server.

References


For more information about Active Directory Web Services, visit the following Microsoft Web site:For more information about Active Directory Web Services, visit the following Microsoft TechNet Web site:For more information about the Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell, visit the following Microsoft TechNet Web site:For more information about Windows Server 2008 Server Core, visit the following Microsoft MSDN Web site: