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I'm developing a .NET application which requires user authentication and role management to happen through Active Directory. I was wondering whether there was a way of installing a test instance of AD on a Virtual Machine (have Windows Server 2003 through Virtual PC) and connecting from my desktop environment to the VM AD instance?

I have tried AD LDS and ADAM on my local desktop, and for whatever reason kept encountering problems.

Thanks!

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There's nothing to stop you building a virtual machine that is a Domain Controller and is isolated from the rest of your network.

AD LDS/ADAM (they're the same thing - ADAM is the 2003 name, AD LDS the 2008 equivalent) is not the same as having an Active Directory domain.

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