Automated migration and provisioning tools reduce cost of migrating to Active Directory and simplify training and troubleshooting.

Article Summary:

Cisco IT traditionally maintained separate network operating system (NOS) and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directories for each application used by Cisco, including mail servers, calendar servers, TACACS+, multiple Oracle applications, PC desktops, and others. Managing disparate NOS and LDAP directory services in the lab environment alone created problems for Cisco users, administrators, and application developers.

By consolidating NOS directory services and deploying a single LDAP enterprise directory using Microsoft Active Directory, Cisco IT realized these benefits:

  • Simplified training and troubleshooting
  • Facilitated compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Reduced Active Directory migration costs per desk, saving US$1.5 million
  • Achieved return on investment in 16 months

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