Automated Active Directory Group Management
ADManager Plus also offers automation for a section of Active Directory group management. Tasks such as deletion of groups or movement of groups can be completely automated. ADManager Plus also gives you an option to propell the automation of these tasks under the supervision of concerned delegates by implementing workflow in the automation whenever the scenario demands. But native AD tools, PowerShell, etc. offer very little when it comes to automation.
How this automation works?
Admanager Plus automation is very simple to configure, all you have to do is choose the type of task to automate and the time or interval in which the task should be executed.ADManager plus runs the automation regularly in those specified intervals.For example say you need an automation that runs at the end of every month and deletes all groups without memebers, here is how your automation template will look like.
Unlike the usual blind automation, ADManager Plus allows you define an approval workflow engine, which governs the flow of the automation process. This way you stay in control of the automation all the time and even possess the power to stop it if necessary. To give it in a nutshell, this Active Directory automation for group deletion/ movement is a scheduler which:
What is approval Workflow??
Approval Workflow is a linear hierarchy which clearly defines who reviews the process and who approves it. Workflow available in ADManager Plus is configurable, wherein you can define various levels of pit stops for the automated process. To know more about ADManager Plus's Workflow...
The "X" Factor in ADManager Plus's automation for group deletion / relocation
Selection criteria are the "X" factors. With the given collection of criteria, you can build an automated process that scouts for a particular type of group and performs an action on it. Example: You can build an automated group deletion process, which can pick out only groups that have no members.
ADManager Plus also gives you another option to choose groups on which AD operations are to be performed - CSV files.You can put them in a csv file, and while configuring the automation specify the path to the file in the "location of CSV" field.
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