Active Directory computer provisioning has never been easier than with Web Active Directory’s PeoplePlatform. Provision computers via configurable web forms that you can use yourself or delegate to others or in bulk from your data sources.
When you join a computer to a domain, a computer object is automatically created in Active Directory. Why then is it sometimes useful to create computer objects before joining them to a domain? This way you can control the OU where the computer object lives and the security groups it belongs to before the computer is joined to your domain.
Using Web Forms for Provisioning Computers into Active Directory
Configuring web forms for provisioning computers into Active Directory is useful in saving your team time. Your team can use these forms themselves or delegate to others with role-based security. All fields on the form are completely configurable. PeoplePlatform includes sample forms that can be duplicated and configured to your liking.
Relatively simple forms with dropdowns, validation, and input masks upon submission can expand into many more attributes in Active Directory and affect many results in the provisioning process. For example, if an end-user selects a location on a computer provisioning form that might affect the computer’s target OU and domain.
PeoplePlatform allows you to configure business rules and output mappings to make this happen.
Bulk Provisioning Computers into Active Directory
Bulk provisioning computers into Active Directory is useful for ensuring your directory is always up to date with other systems– especially systems of record. You can define how inputs come from your data source and how that data is transformed into Active Directory computer data. Schedule bulk jobs to occur with whatever frequency you want. Be notified as much or as little as you’d like including robust exception notifications.
Provisioning Computers isn’t Always About Creating Them
Whether provisioning computers with single entries or in bulk, it’s not always about creating new records. Bulk processes especially must handle duplicates. Define what constitutes a duplicate and how it’s handled by PeoplePlatform. Options include updating the computer (beneficial for bulk processes), ignoring duplicates, or always creating a unique computer. You can take control of your processes.