Top 10 Active Directory Tune-up Tips - Slide 11

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Plan now to consolidate a fragmented AD enterprise. Simplify and unify administration.

Fragmented AD configurations create separate schema, directory synchronization, identity management, group policy and access strategy challenges. Reign in AD sprawl by planning and beginning your consolidation to a unified single forest/domain model with granular OU delegation. The general consensus within the AD design and architecture communities is that a single unified forest/domain model is the best option, except in cases where  isolation, autonomy or replication boundaries are required.  Depending on the size, scope and complexity of your environment, an AD consolidation can potentially be costly. Nevertheless, a unified AD model is undoubtedly easier to manage with a reduction in repeated tasks along with lower minimum requirements.

In this slideshow, Azaleos identifies tips focusing on Active Directory improvements. They have collected the following best practices from their network operations centers for making Active Directory run more smoothly in 2012. These tips cover a lot of ground, from consolidation down to smaller items, such as using the new recycle bin feature. Start small and tackle each of these items gradually. This will enable you to stay current with required fixes, while monitoring the health, performance and functionality of your AD enterprise for smooth sailing into the new year.

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