Basic mode displays Active Directory objects and Managed Units, and filters out objects and containers related to the Active Roles configuration. Basic mode should normally be used by delegated administrators and help-desk operators.
Advanced mode displays all objects and containers except those reserved for Active Roles internal use. Advanced mode is designed for administrators who are responsible for configuring the system and managing Active Roles proprietary objects.
Raw mode displays all objects and containers defined in the Active Roles namespace. This mode is primarily designed for troubleshooting.
With Raw mode, the console displays all data it receives from the Administration Service. With Basic or Advanced mode, some data is filtered out. For example, the Configuration folder is not shown in the console tree with Basic mode. Another example is the Configuration Container folder used to display the Active Directory configuration naming context, which is displayed with Raw mode only. In addition, there are some commands and property pages that are only displayed when the console is in Raw mode.
In short, when you choose Raw mode, the snap-in displays everything it is able to display. Otherwise, some items are hidden. Note that changing view mode does not modify any items. Rather, this only shows or hides particular items from the display.
The Active Roles console provides for visual indication of the objects to which Access Templates or Policy Objects are linked. The console marks those objects by adding an arrow icon at the lower-left corner of the icon that represents the object in the console tree or details pane. As a result, the icon looks similar to the following image: .
The directory administrator defines which users or groups are designated as Trustees, which roles and permissions are assigned to Trustees, and what objects are included in Managed Units.
Managed Units are used to determine the directory objects that a Trustee can administer. As a Trustee, you can administer Managed Units for which you have assigned permissions. Managed Units containing objects you are authorized to administer are displayed under Managed Units in the console tree.
When you select a Managed Unit in the console tree, the details pane displays a list of objects included in that Managed Unit. To administer objects, select them from the list and use the commands on the Action menu.
If a Managed Unit includes a container, such as an Organizational Unit, the container is displayed under the Managed Unit in the console tree. When you select a container in the console tree, the details pane lists all child objects and sub-containers held in that container.
The Active Roles console makes it possible to apply a filter to display only the objects that match the filtering criteria. To apply a filter, select an Active Directory object or container and click the Filter button on the toolbar: . This displays the Filter Options dialog box where you can set up a filter. After you set up a filter, the filtering criteria immediately take effect on all lists of Active Directory objects in the Active Roles console.