Web Active Directory White Papers

Web Active Directory White Papers

These Web Active Directory white papers are available for download using the links below.

Complex Directory Updates Made Easy

Making complex updates in Active Directory is a relatively common task.  In this context, a complex update is one where several changes must be made to something like a user’s account.  When someone’s job title or office location changes that itself is simple to understand.  Such a change might necessitate moving the user into another OU, removing them from several groups associated with their old title/location, and adding them to others.  The single directory updates themselves aren’t very complex.  The complexity here refers to the multiple steps one must take and the multiple permutations of possibilities there are.  When a user changes job titles there are so many things that can change.  What the user can access in the organization can change completely.   Thus the person affecting the change must know everything about users with the old title and the new one to make it work.

One way to solve these problems is with effective Identity and Access Management solutions like Web Active Directory’s PeoplePlatform.  Safe delegation of the ability to do these updates via a web-browser is a good solution.  Details of how this is done are important when considering such a solution.

Follow this link and select our white paper entitled:  Complex Directory Updates Made Easy.  In this paper you can read more detail about these problems and possible solutions.

ETL for Active Directory Without Coding or Scripting

“ETL” (extract, transform, and load) is an old industry term for software that works to extract data from different data source, transform it in some way, then to load it into a database.  In the context of this paper, we’re using the term to talk about the ability to do this into Active Directory into any field from virtually any source without the need for scripting or coding.

The purpose of this whitepaper is to explain some of the challenges with accepting the status quo around managing Active Directory.  Management can include inserting, updating, and deleting data in your directory.  The features and functionality of Web Active Directory’s PeoplePlatform alleviates the pain and security risks around this management.  The software attempts to strike the balance between providing a feature-rich configurable solution while also keeping things simple for end users and administrators.

Follow this link and select our white paper entitled:  ETL for Active Directory Without Coding or Scripting.  In this paper you can read more detail about these problems and possible solutions.

Must-Haves for an LDAP Deprovisioning Solution

In our experience, every one of our customers has a different deprovisioning need.  Some customers only want to deprovision users using a web interface others want to take data from an export from another system and do it in an automated way.  Some of our customers delete users outright while others may want users disabled and moved to a special OU.  These are just examples.  There are many other things organizations need to do when deprovisioning users and objects.  You may change the user’s groups, may disable or delete them in other systems, etc.
One way to do effective directory deprovisioning without the need to code or script is with effective Identity and Access Management solutions like Web Active Directory’s PeoplePlatform.  Safe delegation of the ability to do deprovisioning via a web-browser is a good solution.  Details of how this is done are important when considering such a solution.

Follow this link and select our white paper entitled:  Must-Haves for an LDAP Deprovisioning Solution.  In this paper you can read more detail about what to consider when looking at these solutions.

Must-Haves for an LDAP Provisioning Solution

People enter organizations regularly.  It’s important that these people receive the access to systems that they need so that they can become productive quickly.  Some customers want to use a web interface to do their provisioning or delegate the job to others via the web.  Others want to take data from an export from another system and do it in an automated way.
This white paper is a start to defining the most important capabilities of a solution that is tasked with provisioning users or other objects into a directory.  The intent is to give you some criteria to consider when looking at such a solution.

Follow this link and select our white paper entitled:  Must-Haves for an LDAP Provisioning Solution.  In this paper you can read more detail about what to consider when looking at a provisioning solution.

One Click Provisioning

Provisioning and deprovisioning users in organizations are often delegated to the select few in companies who have the knowledge of systems like Active Directory and a complex set of operating system tools. Such tasks often by nature can only belong to a few users with this select knowledge (and access) yet for such users they become repetitive (it’s boring) and prone to error which can compromise the security of the work environment. A single wrong selection in a dropdown list or mistaken click can give a user access to corporate documents that can create nightmarish human resource scenarios and legal problems around auditing.

Further, there is often a desire in organizations to open up the provisioning process securely on to an extranet or intranet web portal where others in the organization can simply and securely provision and deprovision users without needing VPN or RDP access to sensitive systems and without the possibility of creating problems if they make a wrong selection.

The purpose of this whitepaper is to explain some of the challenges provisioning users in Active Directory and the features and functionality of Web Active Directory’s PeopleProvision that help to alleviate these issues.  The software tries to take the coding and scripting out of the solution for administrators without compromising freedom and functionality.

Follow this link and select our white paper entitled:  One Click Provisioning.  In this paper you can read more detail about what to consider when looking at these solutions.

Solving Cloud Timing Issues Using Workflow Solutions

When is a successful command in PowerShell not successful yet?  Sometimes when working with Office365 online or other cloud systems using PowerShell we just don’t know.  Working with the cloud can present problems of timing.  When you issue a command and it returns success, you expect that it worked.  The trouble is, it might take a few minutes to work.  When you issue the next command in your script and you expected that the last one worked but it hasn’t exactly worked yet, things can get ugly.

One way to solve these problems is with effective workflow solutions such as Web Active Directory’s PeopleFlow.

Follow this link and select our white paper entitled:   Solving Office365 and Cloud Timing Issues Using Workflow Solutions to read more detail about these problems and how they can be resolved.

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