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Microsoft AD Analytics in OIA

Active Directory has become synonymous with corporate authentication over the last decade.  Most organizations with over a hundred users will generally have a directory service based authentication framework and in many organizations that tends to be AD.  The reasons for this are plentiful I'm sure, but not the scope of this entry.

The popularity of AD has several impacts.  Firstly, the increased usage, as with any piece of software, is a catalyst for a growing support community including things like best practice papers, forums, consultancy firms and so on.  However an increasing reliance on AD often leads to key system administration concerns such as how to manage the users, groups and resources housed within the directory. 

Key concerns for any administrator and increasingly audit and compliance officers is how to manage things like the number of orphan accounts, redundant accounts, terminated accounts, redundant groups, misaligned groups, share management, share ownership and…