Before using Authorization Manager, review the following items.

Step References

Review fundamental security concepts.

For more information about security information for developers, see the Security Developer Center (

For more general security information, see Security Central (

Read background material about Authorization Manager.

Read about the difference between administrator mode and developer mode in Authorization Manager.

Set Authorization Manager Options

Learn about authorization stores and applications, and about the difference between authorization stores that are stored as XML files, authorization stores that are stored in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) or Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS), and authorization stores that are stored in a Microsoft SQL Server database.

Understanding Authorization Manager Stores

(For developers) Review the latest information about Authorization Manager and authorization-related application programming interfaces (APIs) in the Platform SDK.

For more information, see Authorization (

Before you can use Authorization Manager for authorization stores that are stored in AD DS, you must raise the domain functional level to Windows Server 2003 or newer.

Raising the domain functional level is an irreversible step.

For more information, see Raise the domain functional level (

Start Authorization Manager.

Start Authorization Manager