AD management

The Reality of Active Directory Group Management

Managing Active Directory groups is probably one of the simplest tasks you perform on a regular basis. It’s right up there with resetting a password. Because it takes little effort — and even less thought — it can often be easily dismissed as a routine, unimportant task. Similarly, administrators must regularly clean up user accounts and objects…

group access identity

The Role of Roles in Delegating Access

The delegation of directory administration to those outside of IT is a concept whose time has come. But it can’t be done hap-hazardly; IT needs to define what is being delegated and to whom. We’re at a point in the evolution of our industry that two truths have come to fruition: IT no longer has…

Managing

Managing LDAP groups in the Enterprise

Managing LDAP groups in the Enterprise Today’s enterprise-sized businesses have moved beyond the single on-premises directory. The need to leverage platforms and applications that reside outside the four proverbal walls of the organization have resulted in an uptick in the use of 3rd party LDAP directories within these environment, whether hosted on-prem, in a corporate…

Google Workspace management

Managing Google Workspace Groups in the Enterprise

At the core of every environment that is designed to make people productive is the need “under the hood” to be able to establish what users of that environment can do, what they can access, and – in many cases, how they can easily communicate with other users. The long-standing methodology (with a few exceptions…

Microsoft azure

Directories, How Many Are You Really Managing?

Directories, How Many Are You Really Managing? Directories came from a simpler time – one where a single, on-premise directory was enough. But recent shifts in how businesses leverage technology – such as the digital transformation, and the move to cloud-based applications and infrastructure –  have given way to use of SSO (link), concepts like…

webSSO

The Productivity Gap in Single Sign-On – Accuracy In Directory is Key

In my last article, I introduced the merits of using Single Sign-On within your organization. In it, I discussed the possible security gaps that can multiply as you, in essence, extend your on-prem directory service to include multiple directories. And, while there are security benefits for using SSO – centralized policies and administrative work (which…

Active Directory

2018: Changing the “Directory” Definition

Here at Imanami, we’ve spent the last number of years talking about the need to keep Active Directory secure. While still a valid and pertinent message today, a lot of changes in the industry give us pause to consider Active Directory’s role in the larger picture, and to reflect on how the very same group…

Groups Shouldnt Live Forever

Groups Shouldn’t Live Forever

There’s this quote from a Dr. Who episode that has stuck with me – “We’re all stories, in the end.” It speaks to the finality that nearly everything – and everyone – eventually has its demise and becomes nothing more than folklore. And in IT, this especially rings true.  When you hear a name like…

IT - Build or Buy

Automating Group Management: Build or Buy?

I know what you’re thinking: “They’re just going to say buy.” Admittedly, given that we make the best group management solution in the industry, we are a little biased. However, we also recognize that using a third-party solution to simplify the management of Active Directory groups doesn’t necessarily fit every environment. So, the answer isn’t…