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Active Directory: The Time to Modernize Is Now


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.

Published: 25 September 2018

ID: G00354886

Analyst(s): Paul Rabinovich

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

  • AD and Public IaaS

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • 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

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