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Using Virtualization To Leverage Your Investment In Active Directory

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Executive Summary

Microsoft Active Directory is an established NOS directory technology and most enterprises have made significant investments in their AD infrastructure. Many of these enterprises are now looking to further improve the user experience, reduce redundancy, and increase simplicity of directory management, by re-using the information currently stored in AD for new initiatives and applications. In this paper, the authors will first discuss the challenges that can be encountered when deploying AD outside of the field it was originally designed for, before taking a closer look at how to leverage an existing AD infrastructure for new IdM initiatives. Finally, they will describe how to integrate identity information into a single virtual repository without disrupting the AD environment.

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