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Force an email signature based on Active Directory group membership

Most large corporations use Microsoft Group  Policy Objects (GPOs) to force a signature onto employees’ email.  Usually it is a bit of legal mumbo-jumbo (that is the technical term, laymen may use something more descriptive) that states that you had better be the correct person that this email was sent to and it’s not our…

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Do less and provide better service! Active Directory self service to the rescue.

I just read a fascinating Q&A over at Information Week.  The topic was why CIO’s should pay more attention to their helpdesk functions.  Probably the most compelling reason is that something like 84% of users formulate their impressions of how well IT is doing its job from their interactions with the service desk! The question…

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Dynamic Active Directory Security Groups: a video how-to

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a youtube video of GroupID in action should be worth a thousand dynamic Active Directory security groups.  As part of Imanami’s never-ending quest to bring AD group management to light for the marketplace, we recorded a short video how-to for automating AD security group membership…

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Distribution list managed by a security group … or vice versa

Natively, Exchange and Active Directory allow for a limited set of capabilities around groups owning groups.  If you are running in native AD mode, you can have built-in security groups manage distribution lists.  Not bad, you can have all Exchange Admins manage distribution lists through Outlook or other examples like that.  But it is limiting.…

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Active Directory Group Hijacking solved with workflow

The example we gave when designing the group hijacking feature for GroupID was absurd.  Say you owned an Exchange distribution list designed to discuss cookbooks and somebody else owned a distribution group designed to discuss the Anarchist Cookbook…very different sets of users with most likely a very different set of discussions. If the owner of the…

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Free Active Directory reporting tool — GroupID Reports

Active Directory is central to most IT infrastructures.  You manage users, computers, groups, contacts, access, authentication, and lunch orders with it.  Well, maybe not lunch orders but it wouldn’t be too hard with a good web-based self-service tool, some AD synchronization, and a fax gateway.  The problem would eventually be: how do you report on…

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Exchange 2010 — are you migrating?

Right after Exchange 2010 was released, I was quoted in Network World stating that none of our GroupID customers planned to move to it immediately.  I immediately received two responses, one customer contacted me on Twitter and said he was very soon.  And one guy stated in the comments that the obvious reason I said…

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Morale in the GAL – de-provisioning users in Active Directory

In the last few years many organizations have been through at least one round of layoffs, reduction in force or organizational restructuring. Going through that process is painful and challenging in a host of ways, including the effects on the morale of the remaining employees.   Organizations are running increasingly lean and in most cases the…

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IT Productivity: web based Active Directory management

One of the primary responsibilities for IT is to actively help their organization’s users stay productive.  If the overall workload required to do that is 100 units of help, you can bet that your organization’s current capacity is somewhat south of that number, most likely less than half.  If your organization is like most, you…