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Hurt feelings & Active Directory history

When we developed our Active Directory history feature for GroupID we had a lot of uses in mind.  The ability for administrators to get an easy view into Active Directory changes, a simple way for end users to see what they had done to their own groups  and attributes, as well as a business friendly tool…

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Google Apps Active Directory sync

Most organizations manage their users’ access with Active Directory.  Many organizations are moving business applications to the cloud.  The most cloudy application so far seems to be email, dominated by Google and Microsoft. We have covered BPOS & Microsoft 365 (and Office 365) at length but have only cursorily touched on how Active Directory can…

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Self service password reset saves your help desk

Enterprise software needs to do one of two things: increase productivity or reduce costs.  If it isn’t helping your business make money it is rather pointless.  Even software that helps to comply with regulations is doing this, assuming the software cost is less than the fine for not doing it. I picture IT departments huddling…

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Windows IT Pro: Best Active Directory product

We’re looking for some votes.  A few good votes.  We know that GroupID is an incredible product that helps Active Directory live up to its potential, creating productivity and security gains for your company. Windows IT Pro knows it too: they wrote a great review of GroupID, awarded us an Editor’s Choice award, and nominated…

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Use an Active Directory group to manage VPN access

I am constantly reminded how ubiquitous Active Directory groups are in our everyday corporate lives.  They are seemingly used for everything (they’re not just for email any more). To illustrate, let me tell a quick story.  One of my colleagues wasn’t able to finish a project as he was working from home.  He told me…

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The things we synchronize Active Directory with….

Sorry to end a thread title with a preposition but I added a few periods to hopefully make it better.  I was talking with one of our developers today about common synchronization jobs and he was curious about what are our most commonly used destinations and sources.  Of course the answer is SQL, Oracle and…

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Do you really want an Active Directory web interface?

No.  And yes. Of course, those are both lame answers but there is no good answer to the broad question of having an Active Directory web interface.  Because you very rarely want to have full admin rights to Active Directory available to anyone other than, say, full admins.  And they are probably happy with ADUC.…

Distribution Group Vs. Mail enabled Security Group

Distribution group or mail enabled security group?

When we talk about Active Directory groups, we are usually talking about two kinds of groups: Distribution Groups and Security Groups. Managing distribution lists and security groups is a mission-critical task for just about any IT organization. Active Directory distribution groups work with your email client to define who is included on group messages, while…

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Top line results from Active Directory management

I recently read an interesting article about how the CFO feels about IT.  (Hint: not good)  The article was based on a survey of 344 CFOs.  The survey showed that CFOs, “Are inclined to invest in technologies where competitive advantage can be demonstrated, analysis and decision-making is assisted, or efficiencies and cost reduction are achieved.”…