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Vol. 14, #10 - Feb 26, 2009 - Issue #715
The Constancy and Cost of Change

This issue of WServerNews is sponsored by
  1. Editor?s Corner
    • The Constancy and Cost of Change
  2. Tech Briefing
    • Triple Support Without Increasing Staff
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  4. Webinars & Seminars
    • Webinar
    • Lunch and Learn
  5. Windows Server News
    • Put real power into your Active Directory Administration!
  6. WServer Third Party News
    • Products Overview: The Greatest Products Suite
  7. Product of the Week
    • Customers call rDirectory "The perfect system; it does everything we need and more!"
Special Issue

Today you get a special issue sponsored by Namescape, dedicated to one topic: Active Directory Change Management. I hope you will find useful features, functionality and ammo to make AD administration easier. See you Friday!


Editor?s Corner

The Constancy and Cost of Change

IDG states that "47% Lost in Change Management - Senior IT managers at large companies name the changing culture around managing data as their top challenge for organizing information."

Nothing is more constant than change. And, change costs both time and money. In the busy lives of IT staff, saving time by eliminating redundant tasks and doing it securely and accurately is nirvana. Users of Microsoft Exchange as a production email system find that managing groups, controlling access to systems, information and other resources, employee turnover and inactivity, provisioning users, all tasks that usurp hour upon hour and often get set aside for more urgent issues.

Serious security issues faced in an organization such as out of date information impair the level of security access to Active Directory. Authorization and authentication are just two of the security issues to address in managing the data in Active Directory.

Reduction in force, reorgs, mergers and acquisitions all present painful, time consuming challenges to IT. Change of any type is disruptive and in business, things change dynamically on a regular basis. An organized approach is paramount and the more these functions can be automated the more secure and timely they are handled.

How to reduce the time and expense invested in the myriad of tasks is the automation found in various solutions available today. They are available from the most simplistic to the robust solution. Investing in a management solution for Active Directory would reduce overall time spent on manual tasks thus freeing up precious time for more strategic endeavors.

Safe and smooth change management brings business and IT together, for in actuality, they have the same bottom line success goals for their company.
http://www.wservernews.com/090225-Cost-of-Change

Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]

Customers call rDirectory "The perfect system; it does everything we need and more!"

Namescape, a leader in IDm web applications for Microsoft?s AD, has released the latest product upgrade to their best selling software rDirectory. The new features increase compatibility with Microsoft?s Windows Server 2008 and advances administrative functionality, security and performance in the management of AD by streamlining and reducing requirements in support. Leverage your AD investment & explore the potential of all editions. FREE trial Community Edition.
http://www.wservernews.com/090225-rDirectory-Editions


Tech Briefing

Triple Support Without Increasing Staff

Enable end User password resets with myPassword. How many password reset requests does your help desk receive per work day? 20, 50, more than 100? How many after hours? Experts say that more than 40% of help desk requests pertain to password issues, costing between $30-$60 per call. Factor in new employees, security requirements, and password management can overwhelm your help desk team. You can automatically reduce help desk workload with myPassword and drive user productivity by quickly restoring access without increasing costly overhead.
http://www.wservernews.com/090225-myPassword


Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Simplfy your life with mPowerTools - 100+ Reports - Tackle AD chores in bulk - A Search & Replace Tool - you?ll never script again & no 3rd party databases!
http://www.wservernews.com/090225-mPowerTools

Free web-based Online Directory, Self Service Editing, LCS/OCS Presence? Want more? Check out the other editions with Self-Service Password Reset.
http://www.wservernews.com/090225-Products


Webinars & Seminars

Webinar

Request a webinar with Namescape today. Namescape webinars are approximately one hour in length, with plenty of time for Questions & Answers.
http://www.wservernews.com/090225-Webinar


Lunch and Learn

Manage and Leverage Active Directory with rDirectory and myPassword Network with other IT Professionals during a Lunch and Learn seminar.
http://www.wservernews.com/090225-Lunch-n-Learn


Windows Server News

Put real power into your Active Directory Administration!

Some AD tasks are a snap, like changing a user?s street address. Something this simple just takes a minute, right? Now try changing the street address for each user in an entire division and you?re canceling your plans-again. That?s why you need mPowerTools. You can use the "Search and Replace" tool to change multiple user attributes in a single action. Or, you can use the Custom Tools wizard to deliver tools, and tasks directly to your team. The tools streamline the execution of common admin tasks, giving you the time you need for other directory initiatives... or maybe just keeping those plans!
http://www.wservernews.com/090225-Industrial-Strength


WServer Third Party News

Products Overview: The Greatest Products Suite

We were looking for something for awhile and Namescape provided a greater value product suite than any other of the ones out there. We brought a business problem to the table and they gave us an idea on how to leverage rDirectory into our business. Our C-level management felt there was an important need to get people together improving communication and facilitating information. Namescape gave us a new AD vision and helped move us to the next level. The development and support team were extremely responsive to our specific needs. Plus, the doc?s were a step above competing products.
http://www.wservernews.com/090225-Enterprise-Edition


Product of the Week

Customers call rDirectory "The perfect system; it does everything we need and more!"

Namescape, a leader in IDm web applications for Microsoft?s AD, has released the latest product upgrade to their best selling software rDirectory. The new features increase compatibility with Microsoft?s Windows Server 2008 and advances administrative functionality, security and performance in the management of AD by streamlining and reducing requirements in support. Leverage your AD investment & explore the potential of all editions. FREE trial Community Edition.
http://www.wservernews.com/090225-Product-Editions