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Active Directory user provisioning made easy

I am constantly reminded by prospects and customers how complex identity management projects are.  They have complex requirements, complex visio diagrams, complex regression analysis on ROI, complex sounding project names, and complex acronyms for everything. All in the name of making sure that an employee can sign on to his/her computer in the morning and…

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The best Active Directory password

We recently received a support email about how Password Center handles a 72 character Active Directory password.  I read it in disbelief.  Seventy-two characters?  That’s the alphabet 2, almost 3, times over.  How does anyone remember a 72 character password? Turns out, pretty darned easily.  Because the best Active Directory password isn’t a word at all…it’s a…

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Managing a franchise’s Active Directory

As a franchisor, one of the biggest issues is controlling access to systems required by your franchisees.  It’s easy to control using Active Directory but it’s hard to get your franchisee employees into Active Directory. Think about it, you have 300 franchisees, each with 20 employees needing varied levels of access to the milkshake recipe wiki. …

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Navigating the Cloud with Active Directory

There has been a lot of talk among our customers and prospects about the new world that is cloud computing and how Active Directory fits into it.  When I think about navigating clouds, I can’t help but think about my friends and family (and Imanami’s CEO) who are pilots.  Talk to any pilot about flying…

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Active Directory history’s uses for end users

One of the great features of GroupID 6 is Active Directory history.  It’s not exactly auditing, it’s a bit more useful than that; history allows administrators and users to easily see changes to the AD objects that they care about. For administrators, the use cases are simple.  You come into the office and the help…

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Issue with Query Based Distribution Groups and BPOS

Somehow I missed a comment that was posted on a previous blog post titled An alternative to Query Based Distribution Lists (QBDLs).  In that post, I was talking about the advantages of actually creating a group in Active Directory with your queries vs. the QBDL method of executing the query against Active Directory every single time…

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Extranet users always forget their Active Directory passwords

You think you have it bad with your internal users forgetting their Active Directory passwords?  Harumph.  That’s nothing compared to your legions of external users who only log in occasionally.  You are going to get a ton of calls if you don’t have a selfservice password reset solution for them. The issue?  We are seeing…

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Great time at Microsoft’s TechEd

As usual at TechEd, we got a great reaction to our shirt.  That is kind of a given, we spend a lot of time designing a wearable t-shirt, something that has our message but also doesn’t scream “I am wearing a free t-shirt from a tech conference.”  You know, because those are the shirts that…

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The Angry Birds of Active Directory

While deleting the hundreds of photos my 5 year old takes on my phone every week, I came across this photo of his Angry Bird stuffed animal.  And it occurred to me that Angry Birds is what made my phone useful for him. Not the stuffed animal, but the game. Since I was sitting at…