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Active Directory: The Time to Modernize Is Now

Published: 25 September 2018


Organizations must prepare Windows Active Directory for the new era of hybrid, cloud and multicloud IT. This document provides technical professionals with guidance on preparing AD for a world in which an ever-increasing proportion of enterprise IAM functionality will be delivered from the cloud.

Included in Full Research

  • AD and Public IaaS
  • Step 1. Streamline Logical Topology
    • Common Topologies
    • Active Directory Migrations
    • Organizational Units
  • Step 2. Clean Up Active Directory Groups
  • Step 3. Implement Best Practices for Identity Governance and Administration (IGA)
    • IGA Tools
    • AD Management Tools
    • ITSM Tools
    • AM Tools
    • Password Management Tools
  • Step 4. Implement Privileged Access Management
    • Least Privilege and Separation of Duties
    • The Enhanced Security Administrative Environment
    • Local Administrator Accounts
    • Service Accounts
    • Privileged Access Management Tools
    • Multifactor Authentication
  • Step 5. Implement MFA to Resources Integrated With AD
    • Windows Hello for Business
    • Passwordless Authentication
  • Step 6. Integrate Non-Windows Systems
  • Step 7. Implement Monitoring, Auditing and Analytics
  • Step 8. Integrate With Azure AD
    • Identity Integration With Azure AD
    • Cloud-Only Enterprise Identities
    • Authentication to On-Premises Applications
    • Identity Management
    • Windows 10
    • Office 365 Groups
  • Related Guidance


Paul Rabinovich

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