What is SID History and a Trust-less Migration?February 11, 2016
Not sure what percent of the population would actually be able to answer that question, but let me tell you, it is important! These are pretty level 300 issues that I personally won’t profess to fully understand. What I do understand is the huge market requirement for solutions that address these for enterprise customers. With the help of a couple of folks that can go pretty deep on these topics we’ve attempted to put the need for AD Migrations and Directory Synchronizing into layman’s terms. So here goes…
Migrating to a new Active Directory environment is normally a complex and expensive proposition. Accounts for end users need to be moved while ensuring desktop profiles continue to work and passwords are kept in sync. In addition to this, users need to maintain access to all the existing resources that they had prior to the migration. This complexity and impact to productivity force organizations to look for ways to mitigate risk during migration projects while not incurring the financial impact that comes with disrupting day-to-day revenue generating activities.
Many organizations find themselves operating an environment containing two or more instances of Active Directory. The decision to maintain multiple Active Directory forests introduces administrative overhead, complexity, security and compliance concerns.
One of the main problems with multiple Active Directory environments is that core features like providing a consolidated list of email addresses among the end user community becomes complex. Another hurdle that must be overcome is ensuring that end users do not need to remember multiple passwords for several different internal logons. This leads to the dreaded post-it note on the monitor with all the user’s passwords written down for convenience. Yet another factor to consider is that these items also serve to limit the productivity of end users which correlates to lost revenue through operational inefficiencies.
All of these items are problems within the modern enterprise that serve to drive up the overall operational expenditure to maintain core systems.
What is the Desired Objective?
Enterprises today are looking for the ability to merge multiple Active Directory environments while maintaining interoperability with existing line of business applications, such as Microsoft Exchange, ensuring productivity is not affected between migrated and non-migrated users. These actions of course need to be completed during business hours! The ability to synchronize end user passwords, maintain file permissions set on existing workstation and servers, and maintain mail flow is key to ensuring that end users do not even notice a migration project is in progress.
Achieving this desired outcome will streamline the business thus ensuring frictionless collaboration while maintaining heighten levels of operational efficiency.
Why Binary Tree’s SMART Active Directory Migrator is the Preferred Solution:
If your organization is preparing to merge, consolidate or restructure your Active Directory environment, Binary Tree provides the capability you need to successfully and securely migrate corporate assets. The product is simple to deploy and customize to use for any migration scenario and provides you with a complete GUI-based solution to manage the entire migration project.
- All communication is encrypted and secure using the web-based SSL protocol
- Ensure the permissions of remote workstations are updated
- Migrate the workstations of your remote workforce with simplicity
- Perform offline domain join actions that is integrated right into the application
- Automated reporting of job status
- Support for Windows XP through Windows 10
Do give us a call when SID History preservation or migrating without Trust is important to you.