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10 Steps to Cleaning up Active Directory User Accounts and Keeping Them That Way

AD security is crucial to controlling risk and ensuring compliance. 

Active Directory (AD) is the foundation of identity and access management (IAM) at most organizations and, as such, is probably the most crucial technology on the network. More and more systems and applications depend on AD for authentication, policy, entitlements, and configuration management. If AD is secure, everything is secure. 

In this document, Randy Franklin Smith provides 10 steps that you can take to remediate user account problems in AD and to prevent them from occurring in the future. These steps use native AD features and common workflow technology such as Microsoft SharePoint, so no significant prerequisites will hinder your ability to implement his recommendations.