Active Directory (AD) is the heart of every Windows-based infrastructure, responsible for coordinating both network administration and security management. Many applications and services your organization depends on every day, from Exchange to SharePoint to Oracle and SQL Server, rely on AD in one way or another. Many organizations have even extended the power of AD to control authentication and access to non-Windows systems such as Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and third-party applications (on-premises and cloud).
Maintaining the health of your AD, therefore, is essential to powering your business, protecting your intellectual property, keeping employees productive and much more. After all, a healthy AD is critical for ensuring that users can authenticate properly and promptly, and that they can access the resources they need to do their jobs — and only those resources. But what’s the best way to go about keeping your AD healthy? In this white paper, we’ll cover:
- Critical components and services to monitor
- Explore the strengths and limitations of native tools
- Cost effective third-party solutions