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Active Directory Administration

Active Directory is the most popular directory product for medium to large organizations, in large part because it is closely integrated with Windows PCs and Exchange e-mail systems.

As with any directory, the bulk of administration workload related to the directory is associated with managing identities and security entitlements in the directory.

User and entitlement management is the result of business processes which reflect changes in business needs into the IT infrastructure. These processes may include:

  • Auto-provisioning, deactivation:
    Detect new user records on a system of record (SoR, such as HR) and automatically provision those users with appropriate access on other systems and applications. Detect deleted or deactivated users on the SoR and automatically deactivate those users across integrated systems and applications.
  • Self-service requests:
    Enable users to update their own profiles (e.g., new home phone number) and to request new entitlements (e.g., access to an application or share).
  • Delegated administration:
    Enable managers, application owners and other stake-holders to modify users and entitlements within their scope of authority.
  • Access certification:
    Periodically invite managers and application owners to review users and security entitlements within their scope of authority, flagging inappropriate entries for removal.
  • Identity synchronization:
    Detect changes to attributes, such as phone numbers or department codes on one system and automatically copy to others.
  • Authorization workflow:
    Validate all proposed changes, regardless of their origin and invite business stake-holders to approve them before they are applied to integrated systems and applications.

Hitachi ID Identity Manager enables organizations to automate the administration of identities and entitlements in Active Directory. Hitachi ID Password Manager enables organizations to automate the administration of credentials -- most commonly passwords -- in Active Directory.

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