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Control of Active Directoies using Visio

By xirin6 ·
During a recent Technet seminar the speaker mentioned the possability of using visio to control active directories on 2000 server. I was wondering if anyone out there had any experience in doing so ,and if so how difficult was the setup and operation ? I am aware of the auto discover feature , but what I am wondering is how to administor active directories through the visio GUI.
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by NTOz In reply to Control of Active Directo ...

I have used the Autodiscover part of Enterprise Edition of Visio extensively. I wouldnt use Visio to control my AD in any shape or form. Im not sure who presentted this, but in its present form, I wouldnt rely upon using Viso for anything other thendocumentation. Your looking for big trouble if you do. Just my take after using it for months. If your looking for tools, this isnt it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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by NTOz In reply to Control of Active Directo ...

Yes Viso would provide a good way of mapping the AD and designing it, but the question is would it make a good tool to control it.

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by rkelly In reply to Control of Active Directo ...

Contrary to the previous answer Visio can be used to control AD. You do not need to use Network Autodiscover in order to do work with AD.

You need to get Visio Enterprise Edition and you start with an Active Directory Diagram. Using the menus youcan connect to AD on any Domain Controller running AD (obviously you need administrative rights for this to work correctly).

Once you have loaded AD you can add/remove OUs, users, computers, groups etc. You can even make it show you which users/groups/computers/gpos etc are in which OUs.

I deliver training in the correct use of Visio Enterprise edition, you should only use these tools on a live network to either

1. Document your Current AD Structure - very simple to do.

2. Design a new, virgin AD design and load this onto a new virgin Domain Controller.

You should never modify and existing design with VISIO - the reason being is that there are too many permission problems/hidden areas within AD. When you upload a half baked physical/logical modification to AD yu may accidently delete parts of your tree/forest without realising it.

However VISIO is fantastic for deigning the logical structure of AD before you start rolling it out. You can then import your structure simply into your first AD Domain Controller

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