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Modernizing Active Directory for Azure and Office 365

Many organizations are moving or considering moving to the cloud — and for good reason. The cloud can drastically reduce the effort and maintenance cost of IT infrastructures. But, as an enterprise, how easy is it to get there?

In this white paper, Microsoft MVP Darren Mar-Elia explains why the best path to the cloud starts with addressing your Active Directory (AD). After explaining why a modernized AD is key, he explains the four basics of modernization:

  1. Normalized structure
  2. Consolidated and cleaned-up OUs
  3. Effective security delegation and good management
  4. Accurate provisioning and de-provisioning

Most enterprises will not initially move completely from on-premises to the cloud, so having a modernized, well-managed on-premises deployment will save you headaches — and resources — in the future.