Active Directory | Case Study
A global manufacturer had performed several acquisitions and was looking for a plan to continue their growth strategy. The organization reached a point where there were several disbursed subsidiary IT teams and systems completely isolated from one another. Realizing this structure was very difficult to manage and standardize, as well as extremely inefficient and not cost-effective, the client began planning a way to centralize their IT infrastructure and build a better organized IT organization. Among other objectives, the client decided to start decentralizing by consolidating globally disbursed Active Directory and Messaging systems to a single, centralized corporate AD infrastructure utilizing Exchange and Office 365 for a corporate messaging solution.
Faced with the challenge of having limited resources and expertise to take on this large project, the client turned to their trusted advisor, Oakwood Systems Group, to assist with the planning, design, and implementation of the new Active Directory and Exchange/Office 365 messaging infrastructure and to drive the migration processes.
Oakwood worked closely with the client and its subsidiaries to gain a better understanding of the objectives and requirements for this corporate objective. We developed a design for the implementation and migration strategy, provided expertise and guidance in the several areas affected by the migration, as well as addressed multiple other critical factors to ensure the project met organizational objectives.
Oakwood provided a roadmap, implemented the new infrastructure implemented, and developed migration strategies centered around:
- Policy, governance, and best practices recommendations
- Network design and Active Directory site architecture
- Exchange server design and messaging architecture with Office 365
- Single Sign-On functionality with Active Directory Federation Services & DirSync
- Network administration and delegation
- Group policy migration/implementation
- User and computer migrations
- Mailbox migrations
- Public folder migrations
- Application compatibility with O365
Oakwood helps client vastly improve their Active Directory, Exchange and Office 365 management, and administration. Together the Oakwood/Client teams were able to meet and exceed the organizational expectations by completing the project ahead of schedule with all scope objectives being met and exceeded.
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