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Happy Holidays from Imanami

Do you ever wonder what your Imanami sales team does when not helping our customers with the world’s greatest Active Directory group management solutions? Answer: snowball fights. What is real is our wishes for a happy Holiday season for everyone and an accurate Active Directory!

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The Truth about Active Directory! From Twitter…

I follow Twitter to see what people are saying and tweeting about Active Directory.  Sometimes it’s educational, sometimes it’s hysterical and sometimes it’s both. Ron Fischer (@ronzobot) recently had one of my favorite Active Directory tweets to date.  He keenly observed, “You’re not really an employee until Active Directory says so…” Like all great tweets,…

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Best practice for using Active Directory groups for SharePoint access

There is a long continuing debate on using SharePoint groups or Active Directory groups for SharePoint site access.  Based on our own poll (in the nav bar to the right) and the one on SharePointEdu Tech, approximately 85-90% of admins use either Active Directory groups exclusively or partially for granting access. My guess as to…

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GAL synchronization without the pain of IIFP

While our GroupID Synchronize product is widely known for its provisioning and directory synchronization capabilities, we also have quite a customer base using it exclusively for GAL synchronization.  I wrote about how to do it in GAL Synchronization between Forests but want to comment a bit more on how simple it is to do. Many…

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High level comparison of GroupID and Forefront Identity Manager (FIM)

To compare Imanami’s GroupID with Microsoft’s Forefront Identity Manager (FIM), it is essential to understand what each is and isn’t. FIM is an Identity and Access Management suite.  It provides policy management, credential management, user management and group management.  What it is not is simple or cost effective. GroupID is purpose-built software to manage Active…

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SharePoint or AD group poll

I was reading a great article over at Dave Coleman’s SharePoint and Technology Blog, SharePointEduTech.  He proposed a simple question, SharePoint or AD groups to permission your SharePoint deployment. As a vendor in the discussion, I feel uncomfortable commenting in his article but was very relieved to see that 56% of respondents use AD groups…

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SharePoint Groups or Active Directory Groups for Site Permissions?

Most people know that when you construct a SharePoint site you can grant permissions a couple of ways.  You can assign it user by user (time consuming and tiresome) or you can use groups. But what type of group to use?  You can either use a group created in SharePoint (a SharePoint group), or you…

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Restrict at-risk employees with Active Directory security groups

As the old saying goes, denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.  It is also a useful tool to deny access and rights for employees on probation. Think about the first thing an employee who is put on steps of discipline will want to do.  Steal data.  Download all of their files and contact information. …

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How to expire Active Directory security groups

There was a question over on Mark Minasi’s Active Directory forum on how to find unused Active Directory security groups.  The answer quickly came that it is “a pretty hard problem to solve for real.”  There are a few vendors that can offer reports/tools that show what file system permissions are associated with each group.  But…