Active Directory Diagrams

This solution extends ConceptDraw PRO with samples, templates and libraries of vector stencils to help create Active Directory diagrams.

An Active Directory diagram visualizes detailed structures of Microsoft Windows networks, Active Directory Domain topology, Active Directory Site topology, Organizational Units (OU), and Exchange Server organization. They are used as a visual aid for designing network topology, managing controlled access to printers and files, access and security, traffic flow optimization in local and wide area networks, equipment maintenance and repair, and data backup, storage, and recovery.


There are 4 libraries containing 69 vector graphics in the Active Directory Diagrams solution.

Design Elements — Active Directory Diagrams

One stencil library, 21 vector graphics.

Design Elements — Active Directory Diagrams

Examples

The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Active Directory Diagrams solution; they demonstrate some of the solution's capabilities and the professional results you can achieve.

All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying, or converting to a variety of formats (PDF file, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio XML, and many other graphic formats) from the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The Active Directory Diagrams solution is available for all ConceptDraw PRO users.

Example 1: Active Directory Structure Diagram

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Active Directory Objects and LDAP libraries from the Active Directory Diagrams solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample shows an Active Directory structure diagram. Using the professional graphics and tools provided by the Active Directory Diagrams solution, a diagram like this will only take a few moments to design.

Network Topology Diagram

Example 2: Active Directory Domain Services Diagram

This sample shows an Active Directory structure diagram. Using the professional graphics and tools provided by the Active Directory Diagrams solution, a diagram like this will only take a few moments to design.

This sample demonstrates an Active Directory Domain Services diagram (AD DS). Using an AD DS diagram lets you create secure, manageable and scalable infrastructure for management resources and users.

Active Directory Domain Services Diagram

Example 3: Active Directory Diagram — Asymmetric Encryption

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Active Directory Objects library from the Active Directory Diagrams solution and the Logical symbols library from the Computer Network Diagrams solution. An experienced user spent 5 minutes creating this sample.

This sample diagram visualizes an Asymmetric Encryption process. Encryption is the cryptography process of encoding certain pieces of information or messages. In the modern world, the need for secure encryption processes have become especially important, and constantly requires new and improved methods.

 Active Directory Diagram

Example 4: Active Directory Diagram — AD LDS as a Phone Book Service

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Active Directory Sites and Services Library from the Active Directory Diagrams solution, and Internet Symbols and Logical Symbols Libraries from the Computer Network Diagrams solution. An experienced user spent 5 minutes creating this sample.

This sample shows AD LDS describing a Phone Book service. The increased functionality of ConceptDraw PRO with the Active Directory solution installed, allows your finished design to be shown publicly, for example through a work conference presentation, or formatted for websites, computer magazines or publications.

Active Directory Diagram

Example 5: Single Root Domain with a Structured OU Model

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Active Directory Objects and Active Directory Sites and Services libraries from the Active Directory Diagrams solution. An experienced user spent 5 minutes creating this sample.

This sample illustrates a Single Root Domain with a structured OU Model. There are two simple ways of quickly creating Active Directory diagrams or network topology diagrams in ConceptDraw PRO. You can either use a pre-designed template or sample as the base, or you can create an entirely new document, then drag and arrange the ready made vector graphic objects. Draw with a smile thanks to ConceptDraw PRO solutions!

network topology diagram

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Active Directory Diagrams Solution for Mac OS X

Active Directory Diagrams Solution for  Microsoft Windows

What I Need to Get Started

ConceptDraw PRO and the “Active Directory Diagrams” solution, found in the Computer and Networks area of ConceptDraw Solution Park, are all you need to get started. Make sure both are installed on your computer.

How to install

Download and install ConceptDraw Store and ConceptDraw PRO. Next, install the “Active Directory Diagrams” solution using ConceptDraw Store.


Active Directory Diagrams Solution — Install

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Active Directory Diagrams Solution — Start Using

Active Directory Diagrams

Active Directory was developed by Microsoft as the de facto directory service for Windows domain networks. A directory service acts as a detailed map of a network, assigning names to resources, and determining user access and application protocol. The benefit for the user is that they do not have to remember the physical addresses of files, programs, or peripherals — they must only provide their names in the context of the directory namespace.

The technology underpinning Active Directory came from open source technologies adapted through years of feedback and refinements, that have since become IT standards. These include protocol services such as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Kerberos, and the Domain Name System (DNS).

Active Directory (AD) comes packaged with most Windows Server operating systems as a complete set of processes and services. Initially solely concerned with centralized domain management, now the term has come to cover a number of functions necessary in a business network domain. Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) for example, manages logins to multiple web services with a single sign-on. Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS) controls public key infrastructure within an organization, encrypting emails or network traffic as necessary.

The lynchpin of AD is the Active Directory Domain Service (ADDS). It is here that unique information regarding the members of a domain, its devices and users, and access levels and permissions are stored. It is the user's means of interaction with the network, and the main server (the domain controller), is in charge of how that interaction takes place.

Active Directory diagram

An Active Directory diagram designed using ConceptDraw PRO, highlighting group policies and admin tasks assigned to individual users

For network and system administrators, it is essential that a detailed level of planning goes into creating a Windows network structure. Current global business demands can make for extremely complex user access scenarios, dividing networks into a maze of different interactions and resources. It helps to plan, evaluate and manage such scenarios using some form of Active Directory diagram.

By using software such as ConceptDraw PRO, and extending it with the Active Directory solution, administrators have a workspace in which to create detailed, industry standard diagrams, that provide a clear overview of network structure in a visual manner. Vector stencil libraries included with the solution offer iconography for all possible elements and resources within a network, giving a limitless scope for design that can apply to any organizational structure.

Active Directory Diagram Template

This basic template was created for ConceptDraw PRO's Active Directory solution, and shows some of the more common icons and their definitions

As is the norm with ConceptDraw solutions, also included are various samples and templates of common Active Directory examples, allowing users to quickly model their network structure, and begin planning from a solid foundation. For further assistance and explanations, the ConceptDraw website contains an extensive library of help topics, FAQs, how-to guides and video learning tutorials.