Authentication against a central directory such as Active Directory harkens back to the days of yore by allowing end-usersto use and remember only one password. Only a single secret is required to be recalled or changed while still remaining secure and vigilant in accessing and protecting information that is both private and valuable. This validation against Active Directory eliminates downtime and boosts productivity – the direct opposites of which are related to password fatigue and associated issues.ii

So why do so many organizations choose Active Directory for their go-to user repository? The primary reason is because it was designed specifically for this purpose. Active Directorysets up a logical hierarchy from each individual object (users,printers,computers, etc.) through to an over-arching Global Catalog for the entire enterprise/organization. The setup allows for simple and easy administration and access management.Put quite frankly – Active Directory simplifies identity management into a well-organized and easily searchable hierarchy.

In the world of IT, where it is too easy for things to become complicated, simplicity is king. Complexity leads to issues, which lead to more overhead,data breaches,etc.With a simple, easy to navigate user database, troubleshooting and organization become substantially easier to manage. For those organizations that want a more custom or specific method of organization, Active Directory promotes usability on the administrator side as well – allowing complete hierarchical configuration over Domain Structure and object organization. This functionality makes it perfect for the Tinkerer and the Troubleshooter both – and it plays well with others.