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This document describes a number of ways in which Hitachi ID Password Manager can be used to ease system and directory migrations.

Examples of migrations include, but are not limited to:

  1. Upgrading an older Active Directory (2003/2008) to newer versions 2012/2016
  2. Upgrading unsupported versions such as Novell NetWare / eDirectory / Windows NT to Active Directory (on-premises or cloud based).
  3. Moving from one mail system (e.g., Microsoft Exchange) to another (e.g.,Office 365).
  4. Migrating from on-premises computing platforms to cloud based IaaS environments such as MS Azure, AWS, etc.
  5. Replacing one LDAP directory product with another.
  6. Rolling out a new application that impacts a large user population, such as a self-service human resources (HR) portal.

As will be described below, Password Manager can assist in the initial activation of the new system or directory and in the transition period where both the old and new systems are active.

Migrating Users

As a part of its nightly automation process, Password Manager extracts a list of users from every system where it manages passwords.

When migrating users to a new directory, these user lists are a natural place to start to get a list of users that should be created on the new system.

This list of users can be manipulated into SQL commands to create database users or an LDIF file to create LDAP or AD users. Details of the LDIF or SQL files vary, but [link] and [link] include some examples:

Another key advantage of using Password Manager in an application or directory migration project is the ability to create new login IDs with random initial password values and avoid distributing password values by e-mail.

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