Budgeting for Active Directory: Maintenance & Administration

Budgeting for Active Directory Maintenance & Administration

We all know that when it comes to Microsoft Active Directory®, the cost of the software is not the actual cost of delivering the capability. But many do not know how significant the additional costs can be. Often times, the costs that you had predicted and modeled when you first implemented, might not cover the actual costs over time. Additionally, the service may not be as effective as you need it to be, causing you to leverage additional third-party solutions (at further cost).

In our previous blog post on budgeting for Active Directory, we went through all of the underlying costs briefly. In this blog post, we will break down the maintenance and administration costs a little more thoroughly.

Maintenance & Administration

Active Directory Maintenance & Administration

Perhaps one of the more obvious additional expenses of Active Directory is the maintenance and administration to run the platform. Everyone knows that there is going to be upkeep, but often times people don’t understand the extent of upkeep required. You need to deal with password resets, password changes, group assignments, group management, and many other tasks. The list of responsibilities is extensive, and hiring employees to ensure these tasks are completed is another of the budget factors you will need to take into account.

Active Directory’s Maintenance & Administration Requirements

The costs with AD's Maintenance & Administration

So let’s assume you’ve got all this infrastructure set up. You bit the bullet on the servers, implementation, setup, and identity federation.

This means that you’re now in the world of managing these servers. So your IT staff is signing up for the additional responsibilities of AD. They must not only take care of their job, but add to it managing identity uptime and availability, because you as a company now own it. You own the servers, you own the availability, and you own the uptime – and identity management is a 100% uptime service.

But it’s not just monitoring servers and getting alerts when something goes wrong. There’s an entire world of other directory responsibilities to which seasoned AD and/or LDAP admins are well accustomed. The maintenance is ad infinitum – and it’s always (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/budgeting-active-directory-maintenance-administration/

Natalie Bluhm

Natalie is a writer for JumpCloud, an Identity and Access Management solution designed for the cloud era. Natalie graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing, and she loves learning about cloud infrastructure, identity security, and IT protocols.

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