AD Migration

Migration to Active Directory can be a project in it’s own right, or a pre-requisite for some other technology deployement such as Microsoft Exchange, or an IP telephony solution.

While it’s not always the case, very often Active Directory deployment and Microsoft Exchange migration go hand in hand.

At a minimum, upgrading to any version of Exchange after 5.5 requires Microsoft Active Directory.

Active Directory recognises three types of security objects, that is objects with a Security Identifier or SID. These Security Objects can then be granted or denied access to resources such as files, folders, printers and services.

There are many native and third party tools available to assist with a migration to Active Directory, either from a seperate Active Directory in the case of a merger or aquisition, or from an entirely different source environment such as Novell eDirectroy.

Typically, a migration to Active Directory should takes the following into consideration:-

Population of user, security group and computer objects
Possible change of workstation domain affiliation
Retention of user profiles
Login scripts
Printers
Client side data on desktops and laptops,
Server side data on file shares and SAN storage,
Security attributes ACL’s and permissions to Active Directory and Windows.

From parallel or new AD forest design, to health checks of existing estate, Cheddon Limited can provide clear and concise design considerations for each aspect of the logical and physical aspects of Active Directory design, as well as an overview of the implications and recommendations for the various migration scenarios.

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