In every business environment containing Microsoft Domain Controllers for Active Directory, countless IT man hours are spent on user account management. Through the use of Automation software, these tedious tasks can be drastically reduced to minimal or even zero downtime.
The five most common processes in an Active Directory scenario are, when a user needs to be created, enabled, disabled, updated or even deleted. With the help of automation, these processes can run seamlessly in an organizations background, with little to no assistance from the IT department.
When a user needs to be created, a database query is executed to look in both the source data and Active Directory to determine if the account exists. If the Active Directory account doesn’t exist, Automation will create it. If a query is ran against the source that says an account should be enabled or disabled, Automation will perform what is necessary to either enable or disable the account in question. When dealing with an account update, a query can be ran to look for specific attributes that may need to be corrected, such as name changes, location, etc. Lastly, when an account needs to be deleted, a query can be configured to look for specific source data to see if the individual in question is no longer with the organization, and delete the account if necessary. Any of these routines can be configured and customized in any manner to fit the organization’s needs. Automation of user and group account provisioning can also be applied to systems other than the Active Directory with the use of connectors. This is explained in further detail in the post Connectors for an automated account management solution; How do they work.
Thousands of Active Directory accounts can be configured to be processed on a daily basis, or, whenever is best practiced to run. Automation also plays a huge role in the reduction of human error which you can read more about in the blog post “Reduce Account Errors Through Automation“.
In addition to Active Directory accounts, factors such as Passwords, Mailboxes, Home Directories, Shares, Organizational Units, Groups, Permissions and even Database updates can all be configured to go hand and hand with the automations order of operation. The contributions that automation has for an Active Directory environment are for all purposes, limitless. All of these combinations are what make automation a vital component of the IT workforce.