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Active Directory Management: Approaches for Greater Simplicity and Consistency

The rising need for flexibility and ease of integration with other systems, either on-premises or in the cloud, is driving organizations to adopt a simpler directory structure. Ideally, Active Directory architecture, design, management and operations should seamlessly be monitored and adjusted to keep up with the changes occurring in the larger enterprise. More often than not, however, instead of having in place an Active Directory monitoring strategy there only are periodic reviews that happens usually in response to certain events — some of business nature, some related to changes in technology or products, and some security related. The following events are most common drivers for Active Directory management optimization efforts:
- Multi-forest company deployment

- Mergers and acquisitions deployment

- Shared addresses with partners deployment
- Integration with Office 365 and Azure AD

- Projects to improve compliance and reduce risk

- Software updates and upgrades
In response to these external drivers, Active Directory can be optimized in a number of ways. Here are a few AD optimization options:

- Assimilate: Transfer users to the target Active Directory, and decommission the source Active Directory.

- Create a consolidated directory: Provide a single virtual or physical directory that combines data from multiple disparate directories.

- Integrate or Migrate: Perform a GALsync to restructure or synchronize contact and user data between Active Directory forests.

- Implement data quality improvements: Deploy an Active Directory reporting tool to discover and eliminate outdated or incorrect information from Active Directory, and begin implementing processes to maintain its data quality over time.
Active Directory is the foundation of your network controlling access to some of the most critical resources in your organization. Simplicity is agility. Less complexities reduce risks. The ENow Active Directory monitoring and reporting tool has the ability to uncover cracks in your Active Directory, such as:
- Highly privileged groups (domain admins)

- AD replication errors

- Expensive LDAP queries 

- DNS and name resolution problems

- Poor Exchange performance caused by Active Directory
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Active Directory Monitoring with ENow

Active Directory as the foundation of your network, and the structure that controls access to some of the most critical resources in your organization. ENow uncovers cracks in your Active Directory that can cause a security breach or poor end user experience. In particular, ENow enables you to:

- Report on highly privileged groups (domain admins)
- AD replication errors
- Identify Expensive LDAP queries
- DNS and name resolution problems
- Troubleshoot poor Exchange performance caused by Active Directory

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