Active Directory Migration Preparation

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Make your Active Directory Migration Affordable & Efficient

Prepare for an AD Migration
Migrations are a sometimes viewed as a pain that must be endured to get to a new platform, unify the underlying architecture or combine two organizations. What most people miss is that a migration is also a chance to start-over. The benefit of being given a clean slate is that you can setup the target environment using the hind-site you gained before the migration was needed. Even in the situation where the migration is the result of an acquisition, both the acquirer and the acquired can learn from the migration.

AD Migration Steps for Domain Migration

Use an Affordable and Solid Migration Tool

Problem: Migration Can Be Complex  – For organizations for more than handful of users, the technical steps required to perform a migration can be complex, error prone if done manually. A little known software industry secret is that 3rd party vendors charge between $12 and $24 for each user to be migrated because they assume the cost will be hidden in M&A fees. Most organization’s can’t afford this and so they are left to manual migrations or PowerShell; neither of which work or are recommended.

Solution: Microsoft Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) is a free solution provided by Microsoft that will help migrate users between Active Directory Forests and domains. This is a solid solution that has evolved over many years and is great alternative for small and medium sized organization.

Migrate with Management in Mind

Problem: No Improvement Post Migration – Unless post-migration management is considered, the end-state of the migration may actually make the new environment more difficult to manage; increasing the operational costs and reducing the benefit to the organization.

Solution: Cayosoft Administrator – provides automation and IT rule enforcement for Active Directory and beyond including your Hybrid IT environment. On-going enforcement of your IT business policies can will help to automate the cleanup of both source and target environments pre-migration and ensure the target is compliant secure and efficient post-migration.

Save time & money with pre-migration cleanup

If you want to make your migration as easy and cost effective as possible, then consider cleanup of AD users and groups before you migrate.

Problem: Group Proliferation – When groups are used to grant access within an organization two things occur. First, the number of groups increases over time because new resources come online fast than old resources are decommissioned.  Second, administrators are afraid of removing groups because they could potentially prevent end-users from doing their jobs.

Solution: Cayosoft Administrator: Suspend provides a non-destructive alternative to deleting groups allowing you to temporarily prevent the group from being used for security or distribution list operations. Cayosoft Administrator will monitor the target AD and notify your IT team if unnecessary groups or users are found so appropriate action can be taken.

Problem: Unknown Group Usage – As the number of groups increases in an environment the purpose of each group becomes increasingly difficult to document accurately.   Not fully understanding a group’s purpose means you are granting resource or data

Solution: Cayo Administrator: Suspend provides a non-destructive alternative to deleting groups allowing you to temporarily prevent the group from being used for security or distribution list operations.

About Cayosoft Administrator

Cayosoft Administrator simplifies Active Directory and Hybrid IT Management with a series of modules that are designed to empower administrators to sustain compliance, security and efficiency. For more information visit the Cayo Administrator product page.

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