For Active Directory Administrators in Education With Tight Budgets

As the sysadmin of an educational institution, you are the unsung hero of many class presentations, lectures, lesson plans, group projects, research papers, and more. Your work is invaluable to the people who use any sort of computer technology in the school, but your job is not always easy.

Chances are, you — like most schools’ IT admins — use Active Directory® (AD) to manage who has access to the tech resources your school provides. However, AD can be a struggle for the IT environment of modern schools (think every student having a computer and mobile device, G Suite access, WiFi, content controls, and more). Plus, the amount of money it takes to upgrade outdated hardware combined with the renewal of a Windows® license can put a lot of strain on your already strict budget. You may feel like AD isn’t worth it, but you may also wonder if the work required to move off of AD is just as stressful.

Fortunately, you are not alone. Here we look at the IT heads of two educational institutions and how they were able to overcome the restrictions AD placed against them.

The True Cost of Active Directory

Active Directory is already on the pricey side to begin with. It requires the setup of on-prem servers, Windows licensing, and often necessitates the purchase of add-ons or extensions to get it to do what you need it to.

To calculate the total cost of ownership (TCO) for AD, the price of several variables need to be added up. Among them are:

  • Servers
  • Software
  • Hosting/data center space
  • Backup
  • Security
  • Monitoring
  • VPNs
  • IT staff salary
  • Third-party software
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Governance/auditing

When you have a tight budget to work with, the total bill can be debilitating. Let’s put that into context and take a look at the cost of AD through the lens of two real-life educational institutions. 

The IT heads of Minnesota’s Saint Thomas Academy and the Rock Island-Milan School District (RIMSD), located in Illinois, discovered the hidden costs of AD when it came time to renew their Microsoft licenses and upgrade their hardware. (Read more...)

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