Active Directory Upgrades & Migrations

Essential that the Microsoft Active Directory support the needs of deployment models that include services hosted entirely in the cloud.

 

Active Directory has been at the center of IT infrastructure for over 10 years and its features, adoption and business-value have grown release over release. Today, the majority of that Active Directory infrastructure remains on the premises, but there is an emerging trend toward cloud computing. The adoption of cloud computing, however, will not occur overnight and migrating suitable on-premises workloads or applications is an incremental and long-term exercise. New hybrid infrastructures will emerge and it is essential that the Microsoft Active Directory support the needs of these new and unique deployment models that include services hosted entirely in the cloud, services that comprise cloud and on-premises components and services that remain exclusively on the premises. These hybrid models will increase the importance, visibility and emphasis around security and compliance and they will compound the already complex and time-consuming exercise of ensuring that access to corporate data and services is appropriately audited and accurately expresses the business intent.

Today’s organizations need to give workers access to data and information — across varied networks and devices — while still keeping costs down. Innovations that meet these needs — such as virtualization and cloud-based applications — help organizations maximize existing infrastructure investments, while exploring new services, improving management, and increasing availability. New and enhanced capabilities in Windows Server 2012 help you meet these challenges by making it easier and less costly to ensure secure access to valuable digital assets and comply with regulations.

For most organizations, the virtualization of Active Directory Domain Controllers has been ongoing for a number of years. Beginning with Windows Server 2012, Active Directory Domain Services provides greater support for virtualizing domain controllers by introducing virtualization-safe capabilities and enabling rapid deployment of virtual domain controllers through cloning. These new virtualization features provide greater support for public and private clouds, hybrid environments where portions of Active Directory Domain Services exist on-premises and in the cloud, and Active Directory Domain Services infrastructures that reside completely on-premises.

 
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