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AmyKelly Petruzzella

AmyKelly Petruzzella is a marketing executive who focuses on Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, and Active Directory trends, challenges, and business outcomes for enterprises. Over the years, AmyKelly regularly engages with Gartner industry analysts, and she has been recognized several times for Top 50 Microsoft Marketing Excellence. She is a frequent speaker and blogger and an industry veteran who advocates for women in technology.

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Techgenix Product Review: Active Directory Monitoring and Reporting Solution from ENow

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The story

Years back, some of you may remember, Active Directory (AD) was all the rage. I recall its release with Microsoft Windows Server 2000 and wrote entire books on the subject, everything from design to deployment to continued maintenance. Over time, it has lost its novelty as the shiny new toy, but it hasn’t lost its value as the foundation piece to all other aspects of your network and on-premises servers, like Exchange. That has held true even with its cloud-based cousin Azure AD. Nothing takes out the entire Microsoft 365 suite like an Azure AD outage because identity management and a host of other server necessities are tied back to it.

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Active Directory Monitoring: Network AD Crashes

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When a network issue leaves your DC stranded on an “island”

Your users know immediately when they lose their internet connection. Those “internet is down!” tickets start flowing. But what happens when the network segment hosting their domain controller (DC) is unreachable? Microsoft refers to the isolated segment as a “replication island”. This is when part of the domain or forest is unable to communicate with the other DCs. That’s a more insidious problem because the symptoms are not immediately obvious. 

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Measure Twice Cut Once: Getting Active Directory Ready for a Migration

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When you are planning any major IT transformation, we recommend that you do what the great craftsmen do: Measure twice. Cut once. That’s because we have seen it happen time and again. You spend all this effort creating a pristine plan and understanding the cool new features of the cloud platform you are migrating to. You market those features to your end users, to help show them how it will be a change for the better. And then the moment you start migrating, you run into issues. Now you have to stop the project and remediate these problems before you can keep going.

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